Are you interested in cultural heritage as well as digitalization? Digital humanities is an inter-disciplinary field of study that represents a bridge between the arts and humanities to information technology. It further stretches beyond academia, mainly through collaboration with the cultural heritage sector.
This two-year master programme in digital humanities is suitable if you want to work with technology to devise creative solutions in a range of humanities application areas at cultural heritage institutions, public agencies, international organizations and private companies.
The programme aims to build a general ability to understand and apply digital methods. You will also learn how to create applications and find practical solutions in working places by using interdisciplinary approaches and cross-sectoral collaboration.
This master programme in digital humanities is closely linked to the research at Linnaeus University, its Digital Humanities Initiative as well as the institute, connected to a large number of international universities through the iSchools organization.
The programme prepares you for jobs across public and private sectors. Your future workplace could be in a museum, library, archive and other parts of the public sector where you can work with digitization of culture, arts and cultural heritage. You can also work in companies providing these institutions with software, for example guide apps. Additionally, the degree in Master of Arts provides the foundation for doctoral studies.
Master of Arts (120 credits)
Main field of study: Digital Humanities
Letter of Intent/Application Process
The application process consists of two steps.
First you need to apply to the programme online at www.universityadmissions.se. Deadline 15 January 2024. When this deadline has passed it is possible to apply here from 15 March til 15 April (national admissions round - information in Swedish).
Secondly, you need to submit a letter of intent and a two-page CV.
Deadline 1 February 2024.
Letter of intent and a two-page CV
Please write a letter of intent that on one A4 page describes your interest in the programme.
The letter will be evaluated in terms of:
Your previous and intended engagement with the field of Digital Humanities; and, your proficiency in expressing yourself in English.
Submit your letter on your pages at universityadmissions.se
Submit also a two-page CV.
One year master
There is a possibility to finalize the programme after one year (a degree of 60 credits) by choosing to write a 15 credit master degree course during semester 2.
Students who have completed one year of the programme and, meet the
requirements of a master’s degree (60 credits), may obtain the following degree: Master of Arts, main field of studies: Digital humanities.
All teaching takes place on a learning platform and the material is available round the clock, offering great flexibility for students. There are no compulsory get-togethers on campus. However, please bear in mind that this is still a full-time programme and requires on average 40 hours of studying per week.
Understanding of both IT and humanities
In this video the programme coordinator describes what you will learn during this education.
Elin has a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Studies and wanted to expand her knowledge. After graduation, she dreams about working in a special library, an archive, or at a museum.
Read the interview with Elin
- I chose to study Digital Humanities because I was curious about the programme. I have a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Studies and wanted to expand my knowledge by studying more. Digital Humanities felt like a natural continuation for me since I’m interested in cultural heritage, digital transformation, and digital preservation.
Elin appreciates the fact that there are so many students on the programme with different academic backgrounds, from different countries.
- The fact that it is an online programme has meant that teachers, guest lecturers and students participate from all over the world, which contributes with a very broad perspective to the programme. Digital humanities is an interdisciplinary field and this is evident on the programme. Many different perspectives and disciplines are represented among the students, which leads to interesting and important discussions.
Student life and distance studies
Elin is currently studying a programme that is offered in distance format, but she also has experience of what it’s like to live and study in Växjö.
- Studying wholly at a distance is somewhat special since most of your classmates live in different places. Which means that most students live very different lives. However, this is taken into account on the programme. Through live online lectures, group assignments and video assignments, you establish a sense of community with the teachers and other students, even though you don’t get to meet that often.
In Växjö, Elin appreciated the fact that the nature is so close to campus.
- I really liked living in Växjö and quite often took a walk around the lake. For me, the fact that nature is so close to campus was my favorite thing about Växjö!
Dream scenario to work with cataloguing and digital projects
After graduation, Elin would like to work with something where she could make a difference.
- I would very much like to work at a special library, archive or a museum. The dream would be to work with cataloguing and with different digitalisation projects. The programme has really sparked an interest in me to make a difference through digitalisation projects that in different ways illustrate contemporary and historical injustices.
"The programme offers tools and methods to handle complex issues in society."
Michael, from Germany, thinks the Master’s Programme Digital Humanities offers hands-on use of digital methods and ways to approach a broad range of issues in society. Today, he is a research fellow at the School of Engineering of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
Read the interview with Michael
- I chose to study at Linnaeus University since it has exciting programs, great professors, and teaching staff. It also offers a flexible distance learning environment.
Today, Michael is a research fellow at the Institute of Sustainable Development at the School of Engineering of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). He is a member of the Research Group Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Mobility.
A foundation for research
Since he now works in a multidisciplinary research group with focus on sustainable mobility, having broadened his academic background benefits Michaels research group and enhances their disciplinary reach.
- During the course of the programme, we worked with digital methods and interactive technologies such as augmented reality. It has helped me to gain a better understanding of how these things work and what great potential they have. This came in very handy as a I am currently doing a research collaboration with a young VR/AR startup.
Michael also enjoyed the course Programming for the Digital Humanities. It provided him with useful programming skills in Python.
- These skills helped and inspired me to build scripts for automated address-based and mode-adjusted CO2 calculations for our staff during different Covid-19 phases. In order to get a better overview of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has on mobility behavior and implications for sustainability.
Tips for future students
Michael thinks you should study this programme if you are interested in interdisciplinary research, hands-on use of digital methods, and want to learn about different ways for how to approach a broad range of issues in society.
- Even if you already have a master’s degree, go for it, take the programme! It will complement your knowledge and enhance your academic background.
However, he notes that studying a programme such as Digital Humanities is not an apprenticeship.
- So, don’t expect to be guided towards a profession, but rather see the programme as providing you with a lot of skills and knowledge that enable you to further develop yourself in various fields of work that are not predefined. Thus, my advice: be interested, be creative, be active, and first and foremost, be flexible!
More information about the programme
What are the entry requirements?
General entry requirements for studies on second-cycle level, and specific entry requirements:
- At least 90 credits including independent work of at least 15 credits with arts and humanities or social sciences as main field of study, or informatics, information science, computer science, or a related discipline;
- English B/English 6.
If you are not sure if you fulfil the entry requirements for the programme you can contact our admission department: email@example.com
Do I need to have my certificate or diploma translated into English?
You must always submit your certificate or diploma in the official language of the country where you studied. If this language is not Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English, French or German, you must also provide an official translation of the certificate or diploma. This translation should be in Swedish or English.
Can I just send in a certificate or letter from my university certifying my English proficiency?
If you have previous university studies, you may in some cases meet the English requirement for the programme you've applied to. All information regarding English language requirements can be found here.
Do I need to pay application and tuition fees?
Students with citizenship in countries not within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees for university studies in Sweden. Some tuition scholarships are available for students who wish to study in Sweden. Please note that all students who are required to pay an application fee must pay that fee, even if they've applied for a scholarships.
Is it possible to not enroll in the programme, but instead study some of the elective courses as separate courses?
Yes it is. If you choose to apply for the program in the future, the credits from these separate courses can then be included in the degree.
Are there any scholarships I can apply for?
There is a scholarship called Linnaeus University Scholarship that you can apply for that covers 75% of the tuition fee. There are also other scholarship opportunities for example at the Swedish Institute. You can read more about the different scholarships here.
Semester 1: Provides an introduction to and in-depth studies of digital humanities, critical theory and digital transformation, and digital research methods for the humanities.
Semester 2: Provides an introduction to complexities surrounding digitisation of cultural heritage, including issues related to ethics, politics and policies in the digital world, as well as technologies for interaction with cultural heritage and other humanities research data, and linking the data in the Semantic Web.
Semester 3: Elective courses are offered from which the student chooses in coordination with programme advisors in order to get a degree which has a coherent whole on a topic of choosing (e.g., Digital humanities and library and information science, Digital humanities and history, Digital humanities and digital transformation, Digital humanities and data-intensive methods etc.).
This topic shall also be aligned with the topic of the final thesis.
Semester 4: A degree project of 30 ECTS credits. Students are responsible for finding an institution or private business for their final thesis project, anywhere in the world, in consultation with the teachers on the programme. Any costs for travel arrangements to and from the workplace are paid for by the student.
Courses in the programme
Some of the courses in the programme are also avaliable as a freestanding course at Universityadmissions.se. Please type the name of the course from the list below to see if it is available as a freestanding course.
Compulsory and elective courses
The first four courses make up the first semester curriculum.
Introduction to Digital Humanities, 7.5 credits
Digital Humanities Research Methods, 7.5 credits
Critical Theory and Digital Transformation, 7.5 credits
Programming for Digital Humanities, 7.5 credits
Interactive Technologies for Digital Humanities, 7.5 credits
Digitisation of Cultural Heritage, 7.5 credits
After these first six courses, the student who takes the one-year Master’s degree (60 credits) has to take the
Master Thesis in Digital Humanities – first year master level, 15 credits
The student who choose to take the two-year Master’s degree (120 credits) needs to take the following two courses:
Electives (30 credits) + Master thesis (30 credits)
Electives which guarantee a place for DH Master’s students are:
Editing and Transcribing Premodern Texts: Digital Tools, Methods and Resources (7,5 credits) (with Lund University)
Digital media and methods for sampling and analysis, 7.5 credits
Digital History, 7.5 credits
Digital Archaeology, 7.5 credits
Film, archive, and digital culture, 7.5 credits
Film as a Research Tool, 7.5 credits
Tangible User Interfaces, 7.5 credits
Network Society and Internet Cultures, 7.5 credits
English Language Proficiency and Academic Writing, 7.5 credits
Programming for Digital Humanities, (4ME501) second part i.e. 7.5 credits of the 15-credit course
Data Mining in Practice, 7.5 credits (1DV515)
Master Thesis in Digital Humanities – two year master level, 30 credits
The list of electives is continuously updated.
During the course of the programme, you can choose to study abroad through exchange studies to gain international experience. In that case, you will conduct some of your studies at one of our many partner universities around the world. You can also choose to do your internship abroad. What is more, you can do field work abroad as part of your degree project. This involves collecting material abroad for your degree project, for a period of roughly two months.
Linnaeus University’s iInstitute (https://lnu.se/en//iinstitute/) joins the European iSchools’ virtual student exchange agreement. To sign up for any of the exchange courses, please visit https://lnu.se/en/student/international-possibilities/study-abroad/virtual-mobility/
Master's theses by students
News item: Our Master’s student in Digital Humanities, Elin Hansson, supervised by Sara Ellis Nilsson, won a prize/scholarship for her MA thesis. The Sparbanksstiftelsen Kronans stipendium 2022 was awarded on November 25, 2022. The title of the thesis: Power Structures in the Age of Sanatoria: A digital examination of historical patient experience in Mörsil, Sweden. Link to thesis: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-114863
Teachers in the programme
- Dagmar Brunow Professor
- +46 470-76 78 41
- Angelos Chatzimparmpas
- +46 470-70 81 77
- Koraljka Golub Professor
- +46 470-70 89 09
- Fredrik Hanell Senior lecturer, head of department
- +46 470-70 85 89
- Joacim Hansson Professor
- +46 470-70 89 71
- Romain Herault Lecturer
- +46 480-49 77 86
- Charlie Järpvall Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 80 80
- Ahmad M. Kamal Senior lecturer
- Andreas Kerren Professor
- +46 470-76 75 02
- Kostiantyn Kucher
- Rafael Messias Martins Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 86 08
- Marcelo Milrad Professor
- +46 470-70 87 25
- +46 73-396 95 74
- Ahmed Taiye Mohammed Postdoctoral Fellow
- Sara Ellis Nilsson researcher, director of studies
- +46 470-70 84 79
- Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay Associate professor
- +46 470-70 89 10
- +46 72-594 15 88
- Pernilla Severson Associate Professor
- +46 480-49 70 58
- Daniel Ocic Ihrmark Senior lecturer
- +46 470-76 72 03
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Distance – study where you are
Perhaps you would like to study in the Swedish mountains, in a big city, or at home close to family? Many of our programmes and courses are offered in distance format.
Studying at a distance can be done in different ways, either entirely without physical gatherings or with only a few gatherings on campus or at one of our learning centres. The common denominator is that a large part of your studies takes place online. You communicate with the teacher and other students with the help of a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures and online meetings.
The benefit of distance studies is the flexibility, something that is valuable if you want to be free to decide when and where you want to study. Some compulsory elements on you course or programme may take place during office hours, even though they are online.