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Digital Arts & Humanities

The MA encourages a multidisciplinary approach to digital arts and humanities in a creative and scholarly atmosphere. The course will give you an introduction into how digital tools and methods can be used in arts and humanities research, combining theory and practice.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The MA course will introduce you to the dynamic discipline of digital humanities. It lays the foundations needed for further research and careers that use digital tools to address the creative needs of the arts and humanities.

The course will appeal if you are an arts and humanities graduate interested in using digital tools to address research questions in your discipline. It also demonstrates how to capture, read and write sources in digital form for analytic and creative work.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is an honours primary degree with 2.1 (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Candidates who hold a primary degree with 2.2 will also be considered subject to the approval of the programme selection committee.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no individual section lower than 5.5) or TOEFL equivalent. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

Students intending to take this course will need to be proficient users of common word processing software, and of basic internet tools, have a basic grasp of spreadsheet and database software, and be willing, and keen to develop advanced user skills in those areas, and explore new technologies. Where specific tools are used in the field, skills development is built into the relevant modules to raise students’ skills from those of the average MA entrant to best international norms in the Digital Arts & Humanities. The course team has significant experience in this area.

Students must submit a supplementary statement (c 750 words) indicating their potential research interests in the field, and how they envisage the use of digital tools might contribute to their research interests.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


Full-time 1 year

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This course produces digitally-literate, interdisciplinary graduates who will be able to fill a variety of roles in the ‘knowledge economy’.

Further enquiries

Dr. Mike Cosgrave
School of History
Tel: +353 21 4902695

Subjects taught

The course will give you a grounding in how information and communications technology (ICT) tools can be used to capture humanities data sources in digital form to frame research questions, collaborate on research using social networking tools, and present results, both in print and online. You will be encouraged to and facilitated in the creation of digital artefacts individually and in teams.

The MA Digital Arts and Humanities is a one-year full-time MA. Face-to-face teaching is delivered by discussion-based seminar. The course also features elements of blended learning using online forums and social networking tools. Some modules will be offered wholly or partly as workshops.

Further details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar.


Who Teaches This Course
Dr Mike Cosgrave
Dr Orla Murphy
Dr David Murphy

And a range of local, national and international invited specialist participants.

Assessment method

Modules in the course require you take a ‘hands on’ approach, using the current generation of ICT tools. They also include assessments, testing your knowledge of both theory and practice of inquiry in the digital age. It is expected that you will create a digital research project in the course of your research. Assessment also includes individual and group work using a range of presentation styles including: oral, online, shared, text, video and audio.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: €6,000 full-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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