The MPhil in Digital Humanities is a nine-month course that runs from October to June. The course is directed by Cambridge Digital Humanities, a research centre with links across a wide range of faculties and units at Cambridge. The course is administered by the Faculty of English. This exciting MPhil explores the ways in which the humanities engage with digital futures, digital research, and digital cultures, as questions arise around the ethics of automation, algorithmic analysis, privacy/surveillance, virtual cultures, data sharing, intelligent agency and creativity, archival justice and digital histories, collections and heritage issues. The course gives students critical/theoretical orientations and delivers a structured form of engagement with digital methods, tools, and approaches while enabling flexibility in terms of specialism. Students may come from multiple disciplines and the course caters to different skill levels in DH methods. Students take two broad core courses – Approaches and Methods, and Data and Algorithmic Analysis – and follow two courses from a basket of more specialist options. The course is assessed through shorter essays and a year-long dissertation or portfolio project.
This MPhil has been set up in response to the growth of the field of Digital Humanities, and to the need for the humanities to grapple with emerging forms, practices, and social formations shaped in a digital age.
Its aim is to expand the humanities offering at post-graduate level at Cambridge by offering a route for cross-disciplinary engagement and the development of new skills and knowledges. The MPhil will give students a stuctured form of engagement with digital methods, tools, approaches, and critical and theoretical orientations. It will enable humanities or social science trained students to develop the critical literacy and practical skills and knowledges to understand and engage with digital materials and digital methods for the study of matters relevant to the humanities.
The MPhil will enable students to demonstrate an advanced general understanding of digital humanities and related topics by using a range of critical and theoretical approaches and methodologies. Students will be able to demonstrate a deeper expertise in chosen research areas or in particular approaches through optional courses in Lent term and by way of an extended dissertation or portfolio. You will acquire a critical and well-informed understanding of the stakes of digital transformation in contemporary society, and participate in the advanced research culture of the DH community at Cambridge and beyond by attending and contributing to research seminars, practical and methodological workshops, and reading groups.
We do not know yet what the world will look like in October 2022. Currently, teaching at the University of Cambridge is being delivered both online and in person, as appropriate.