Digital Humanities, Master Programme

120 credits

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.

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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

International possibilities

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. Learn more about what international possibilities are offered at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Linnaeus University.

Application process

The application process consists of two steps.

  1. You need to apply to the programme online at Deadline 17 January 2022.
  2. Secondly, you need to submit a letter of intent and a two-page CV.
    Deadline 1 February 2022.

    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
    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.

Distance education

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.

I want to make a difference through digitalization projects

Elin Hansson vid Linnéuniversitetet.

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.


"The programme offers tools and methods to handle complex issues in society."

Michael Stiebe, alumni

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).

More information about the programme

Programme Overview

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 Please type the name of the course from the list below to see if it is available as a freestanding course.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

Student working from home