Digital Humanities and Culture (M.Phil.)

NFQ Level 9
M.Phil.: 1 year full-time/3 years part-time / PG.Dip.: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time / PG.Cert.: 1 year part-time
20 Places


Course Overview

Many of the biggest questions in our world today can only be answered by drawing on knowledge of both culture and technology. Trinity’s M.Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture prepares its students to take on these questions in a wide variety of contexts, whether they want to deepen their understanding of a humanities subject through data mining and visualisation; explore the virtual transmission of culture and heritage by and beyond museums, libraries and archives; or join the movement to make technology development more humane.

In the digital humanities, researchers trained in history, literature, languages, the arts, computer science and engineering combine their skills to transform our understanding of the world. They also develop the technological capacity to drive forward our ability to see patterns in human behaviours and how humans describe their experiences. What sets apart our course from other Digital Humanities courses is the equal emphasis we place on what technology can do for humanities research, and what humanities research can do to promote the rise of human-centred technology design. We also use the established collaborations across our disciplines and with our library and technical support colleagues to deliver a unique educational experience. The flow of challenges, knowledge and techniques between students and staff in the course from diverse backgrounds creates many unexpected and transformative opportunities to grow our understanding of the world.

Is This Course For Me?

The Trinity M.Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many have taken a Bachelor's, Master's or even a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline, knowledge they want to enhance with an additional methodological layer. Others are practitioners in the cultural heritage sector or creative industries, who would like to sharpen their approach to technology through the application of techniques and models from the digital humanities in their work. The degree also attracts researchers with a background in computer science or software engineering, for whom the course can satisfy a desire to deepen their understanding of the users and use contexts of the software they create under the challenging conditions presented by cultural data and contexts. This variety of perspectives within the student body makes for rich interactions and conversations.

Career Opportunities

This course prepares graduates for careers in project management, cultural outreach, NGO activities, exhibition creation, media and communications, data management, research, and humane technology management.

Course Content

M.Phil. students take four core modules. Two of these take a more theoretical approach: Theory and Practice of Digital Humanities, and Cultural-Technical Systems. Concurrent with these two lecture and discussion-based modules, students take two practical modules: Building Digital Humanities Projects, and Digital Humanities Internships and Project Management.

Students also take two optional modules, selected from a range of options offered from across the relevant disciplines at Trinity.

Finally, students complete a research dissertation on a topic of their choice, receiving guidance from supervisors who are experts in their respective fields.

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Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

20 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Dr. Jennifer Edmond

Closing Date

28th June 2024

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Admission Requirements

• Applicants must:

  • Have a good Honours degree (at least an upper second, GPA of at least 3.3) in any of the disciplines of the humanities, library, or computer science.
  • Applicants must evidence their motivation and preparation to join the course through their academic writing sample (no more than 2,500 words) and completed personal statement (which must be submitted on the course template, found here.)
  • Students whose first language is not English will need to prove their proficiency in the language with a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements within Postgraduate Calendar Part 3 Section 1.5 Language of Instruction. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in each category or its equivalent is required.

Applicants may also be asked to take part in a short interview (in person or via phone / Skype) as part of the assessment process.

Application and next steps

You may apply at any point between the applications being opened in the autumn, and the closing date being reached in the summer. However, the course is popular, and applications are handled on a first-come first-served basis. You are strongly advised to apply early in order to avoid disappointment.

We do our best to provide applicants with an answer within three weeks of receiving their full applications. Partial applications that are missing any of the materials listed below cannot be considered until they are completed.

Required Materials

For this course, you will need to submit the following materials to apply:

A) Personal Statement Form: The Personal Statement Form is an important part of our assessment process. It is your opportunity to state your reasons for applying to this programme and how they match what the programme delivers. Applicants who would like to make the Course Director aware of further information relevant to their application may also upload an optional personal cover letter to their dossier.

B) Sample of Academic Writing: As part of your application, you also need to submit a sample of no more than 2,500 words (excluding bibliography) of your best academic writing in English. When we assess your application, we will pay particular attention to your ability to: 

  • Build and present a logical, cohesive argument.
  • Analyse and evaluate the arguments of others.
  • Adhere to the norms of academic writing (referencing, quotation, avoiding plagiarism* and other forms of academic misconduct, and bibliography).
  • Use academic English.

We make use of Turnitin and other software to check for plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct in the samples submitted. An application may be rejected if samples of work submitted are found to include instances of such misconduct.

C) English Language Qualifications: Unless you have completed a degree through the medium of English or are a native speaker, you are required to prove your proficiency with the language. Trinity prefers IELTS, but will accept alternative tests run by international organisations, such as TOEFL. A minimum of 6.5 in each category or its equivalent is required.

D) Degree Certificate(s): You will need to provide degree certificates (in PDF format) that prove you have completed all of the degrees you mention in your application. If you haven’t yet completed your degree, you can still apply and supply these documents when you have them.

E) Degree Transcripts: You will need to provide official transcripts (in PDF format) showing all of the components you have completed as part of your degree(s).

F) Two Reference Letters: You will need to provide reference letters from two people not related to you who can provide references written in English, explaining why you would be a strong candidate for the course. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact their referees and to upload their reference letters on their behalf to Trinity’s online application system. Please note that Trinity's online application system does not prompt referees for their reference letters; the applicant must therefore obtain the letters first and then upload them to the system.

G) Current Professional CV: Although this is not a formal requirement for entry into the programme, we may use your CV in the course of organising an internship experience for you.

H) Online Application Form: Once you have all of these, click here and then click “Apply” to fill out the online application form in full, not forgetting to upload all the requested materials as attachments.

IMPORTANT: please note that you must specify the category of each attachment you upload (for example, when uploading a reference letter, you need to specify that the attachment is a “Reference”). Otherwise, your application will be deemed incomplete.

Course Fees

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Telephone Number

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I learned a lot about technology which I previously did not know that I believe will greatly help me in the future and give me an edge to others in similar fields … Overall pursuing this degree was, I still believe, one of the best decisions I have ever made.