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Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is a fast-growing dynamic interdisciplinary field at the cutting edge of 21st century research methods. Ideal for students who wish to learn to use digital technology to analyse and discover new knowledge about heritage and historic and cultural works. The course caters for those with relatively little technical skills from an Arts background and those with a background in technology who want to apply their skills to research in the cultural/heritage sector.

Entry requirements

Normally a BA Honours degree with a minimum 2.1 result is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MH50F: 1 year – Full-time
MH51F: 2 years – Part-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates take up positions across the areas of arts and heritage research, museum curating, archiving and public history and heritage projects.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Prof Susan Schreibman
Tel +353 (0)1 708 3451
Fax +353 (0)1 708 4797
Address: An Foras Feasa, Iontas, Maynooth University, North Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Course content includes the use state-of-the-art equipment to digitize and analyse cultural heritage objects; develop an expertise in graphic design for cultural heritage; become actively involved in Letters 1916, the first crowdsourcing project in Ireland; learn how to encode historical sources and literature; internship in a cultural heritage institution or project, learn programming languages and apply these to history, literature and archaeology.

Please note that course modules for all programmes are subject to change from year to year. The modules listed in the prospectus are indicative only. Please contact the relevant department for the latest information.


An Foras Feasa (Research Institute for Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions)

An Foras Feasa is one of Maynooth’s flagship institutes in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, with particular expertise in digital humanities; hosting a wide variety of public events and lectures, a Visiting Fellowship programme, and supporting funded research. Specialisms include digital scholarly editing, metadata and modeling, digital curation, digital history, digital cultural heritage and the history and theory of digital humanities. Major research projects underway include the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), Letters of 1916, and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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