Announcing a new Master's degree in Digital Scholarship

back up image from 15th c book trade project

Pictured above: An exhibition of the 15cBOOKTRADE project, a digital humanities project led by Dr Cristina Dondi.

Oxford University’s Humanities Division is delighted to announce the launch of a new Master’s degree in Digital Scholarship.

The 12-month MSc will begin in the academic year 2022/23, initially admitting up to 12 students a year. It will be based in the Humanities Division and span a wide range of disciplines across all of its faculties. Students on the course will also benefit from teaching in the Bodleian Libraries.

The purpose of the MSc is to introduce students to the full range of issues which arise when digital tools and methods are applied to traditional humanist scholarship. It has been designed to equip students to surmount those challenges and to develop an ambitious, digitally-enhanced scholarly project of their own.

During the course, students will also have the opportunity to be embedded within a digital humanities research project at Oxford University. Oxford has a vibrant community of researchers in this growing and important area, and recently began a project to ensure digital-based research projects remain sustainable even when technology changes. You can read more here.

The new course was announced during the University’s Digital Humanities Summer School from 12th to 15th July 2021. 455 students took part in the course, which introduces them to the principles and possibilities of studying and researching digital humanities. This is the tenth anniversary year of the summer school, which is in such high demand that this year’s was fully booked a month in advance.

Who is eligible for the course: Humanists are most likely to take the MSc. Although you might be a computer science student who is intrigued by humanities and recognise that digital humanities could prompt interesting questions. The course is designed to hone students’ technical skills and critical thinking in this area, and give students an understanding of digital scholarship methods.

What are the likely career paths:  Graduates might typically go on into further research within the Humanities or work in a cultural institution or creative industry. But the themes covered and skills learned will prepare students to a wide range of jobs and industries: they will be ready to critically evaluate the challenges and opportunities of a digital society.

How do I apply? Applications will open in September 2021. To be notified when applications are open, register your interest here: Or visit where you will also be updated with other opportunities in digital humanities at Oxford, such as funding applications and a student seminar series.