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Digital Humanities

Do you want to be at the forefront of the digital turn in the humanities? The current information revolution opens up exciting perspectives for research and its applications in society.

This Master's track equips you to look at culture, language, history or philosophy through the lens of digital methods.

We are witnessing many exciting new trends in information technology. The vast amount of digital data that is available nowadays opens up new research questions and opportunities for real life applications. This Digital Humanities track offers a systematic way to incorporate information technology in humanities research.
It trains students with a humanities background for the growing number of research and other job opportunities that require processing of digital information. It reflects on the underlying theory and the impacts on our culture and society. It offers courses for collecting, analysing and visualising humanities data. Finally, you will be skilled to work with professional databases, programming scripts, and statistical tools.

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Students who graduated successfully from this programme were able to integrate a humanities perspective with computational methods. For instance, the thesis “Tracing Joyce’s notes for Ulysses” (2017) employed automation strategies for the digital representation and for source-tracing of Joyce’s notebooks. Another example is the thesis “Visualizing trade” (2018), in which an analysis of the Baltic trade in the 18th century was done by using visualization applications on the Sound Toll registers. By exploring visualization as a tool, the student was able to implement a Digital Humanities approach to a historical problem not just to identify patterns and analyse them, but also suggesting new interpretations.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Communication & Information Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66826
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • It is the only Digital Humanities Master in the Netherlands
  • You learn how to program and how to combine theory and skills in using digital tools
  • You get acquainted with new developments in digitisation and datafication in culture and society
  • You enter a multidisciplinary programme which offers opportunities for building on your humanities domain of expertise
  • It will give you a head start on the job market
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Coding for Humanities (5 EC)
Database Design (5 EC)
Understanding Digital Humanities (5 EC)
Work Placement DH (10 EC, optional)
Analyzing Data (5 EC)
Collecting Data (5 EC)
Data and Society (5 EC)
Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods (5 EC)
Software and Data as Culture (5 EC)
Thesis Lab (5 EC)
Master Thesis (15 EC)

Curriculum

The courses in the programme are organised according to three specializations: theory (Understanding Digital Humanities; Data in Society; Software and Data as Culture), data processing (Creating Data, Analyzing Data, Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods) and skills (Database Development, Coding for Humanities, Thesis Preparation).

Programme options
Master's Honours programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated

Study abroad is not an option for this programme

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
English Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Engelse Taal en CultuurAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
English Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Arts and Culture StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
American StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
ArchaeologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Communication and Information StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Film and Literary StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
History (part-time)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
GodgeleerdheidAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Arts, Culture and MediaAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Art HistoryAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Media StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
MuziekwetenschapAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Taal- en CultuurstudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
LinguisticsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Theatre StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Theology (part-time)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
PhilosophyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level B2/C1 overall (a score B2 for one component may be compensated by a C1 for another component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required. For more information on the LCET, refer to site of the language center: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

previous education

Bachelor degree in the humanities.

other admission requirements

University of Groningen students are encouraged to take the minor Digital Humanities during their bachelor.

Registration procedure

Note: it's not possible to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level B2/C1 overall (a score B2 for one component may be compensated by a C1 for another component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. For more information on the LCET, refer to site of the language center: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

previous education

Bachelor degree in the humanities

other admission requirements

University of Groningen students are encouraged to take the minor Digital Humanities during their bachelor.

Registration procedure

Note: it's not possible to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Career prospects

  • Digital curator
  • Cultural designer
  • Information architect
  • Data scientist
  • Metadata analyst
Research

Research

The Digital Humanities masters' programme benefits from a strong relationship between teaching and research, and students are encouraged to join an active research project for the writing of their thesis. A good example of this embedding is the thesis 'Effectively Classifying Texts Affectively', which was written in the context of a research project on the role of Spotify in the music industry.

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Study associations

Commotie

Commotie is the study association for all communication students in Groningen.They offer their members a wide range of both educational and social activities and want their members to get the most out of their student life. In-house days, workshops, lectures and congresses give a broad insight in the workfield and career possibilities of communication.
Social activities contain an annual trip abroad, monthly socials, parties and many other fun activities. These activities give members the opportunity to make new friends and meet new people. More info? Check the website.
https://www.svcommotie.nl/
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