Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Digital Humanities aims to train professionals specialized in the design of original and innovative applications or projects in the field of digital humanities and in digital heritage management. Students must be experts in the use of different technologies and types of digital data representation, in digital technologies for processing of different kinds of data and in the applicable regulations on authorship, use, reproduction and dissemination of digital knowledge and objects.
The humanities and social sciences adapt to the contemporary era and broaden their research and dissemination potential through the use of digital tools: this development has created the discipline referred to as 'digital humanities'. This master's degree introduces students to the most advanced digital techniques. We train advanced professionals who will contribute to research in the humanities and help society at large to gain a better understanding and make a better use of our cultural heritage.

The digital humanities is a new discipline at the intersection of humanities and social sciences research and new computer tools. It is divided into three main areas. First, the acquisition of technical skills and competences for the processing, preservation, dissemination and use of humanistic knowledge in digital environments. Second, the reflection on the role of digital environments in the production of digital objects and knowledge. And third, critical analysis of the impact of technologies on society, the concept of authorship and the political agenda, as well as the contribution of humanistic knowledge to the digital society.
This master's degree aims to train professionals specialized in the design of original and innovative applications or projects in the field of digital humanities and in digital heritage management. Students must be experts in the use of different technologies and types of digital data representation, in digital technologies for processing of different kinds of data and in the applicable regulations on authorship, use, reproduction and dissemination of digital knowledge and objects.

The potential professional areas for holders of this qualification include museums, temporary exhibitions, libraries, archives, the publishing sector, cultural management companies and support units within humanities and social sciences research projects.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Information and Audiovisual Media
Branch of knowledge
  • History, archaeology, geography, philosophy and humanities
  • Computer and systems engineering
  • Cultural industries: design, animation, cinematography and audiovisual production
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Credits60
Number of places available30
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionSpanish
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
CoordinationMIGUEL ANGEL CENTELLES VELILLA
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences

Objectives

  • To acquire knowledge of the application of communication and information technologies to humanities research and dissemination from a critical perspective.
  • To gain an understanding of the methodologies for the design of digital humanities projects.
  • To acquire the knowledge required and skills required to design, create and implement digital applications in cultural environments (such as museums).
  • To learn how to use the computer resources required for the implementation and parametrization of such products and services.

Competences

General competences

 

  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Capacity to adapt the design of professional processes, procedures and tasks to current digital environments.
  • Capacity to identify, keep up to date with and apply new digital techniques to professional practice.
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Specific competences


  • Capacity to critically asses and promote the participation of the humanities in the digital society.

  • Capacity to correctly identify and apply current regulations relating to the authorship, use, reproduction and dissemination of knowledge and digital objects.

  • Capacity to exploite tools and techniques for analysis, selection and conceptual modelling of digital data and information.

  • Capacity to design ways of exploitation and conservation of digital content.

  • Capacity to exploite textual corpora interesting to the humanities.

  • Capacity to build digital products allowing a better dissemination of humanistic knowledge.

  • Capacity to manage digital heritage interesting to the humanities.

  • Capacity to develope original and innovative applications or projects in the digital humanities field

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

  • Spanish language proficiency at or equivalent to level C2.

  • Catalan language proficiency.

  • English language proficiency at or equivalent to level B1.



According to the previous knowledge that is had on statistics and XML, the students have to enroll, in addition, to one or two subjects of formative complements, that it is necessary to study compulsorily during the first semester of the studies.

Pre-enrolment

Calendar

- First period: 1 February - 25 April 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 9 May.

- Second period: 29 April - 19 June 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 27 June.

- Third period (if there are vacancies): 21 June - 12 September 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 16 September.

Notes:

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

  • Academic record for previous studies (60%).
  • CV. Candidates must submit a CV indicating their education, professional experience and completed lifelong learning or completed further training (40%). The CV is evaluated as follows:
    1. Professional experience or training in the creation of advanced products or services for digital humanities (15%).
    2. Professional experience or training in website or social network management (5%).
    3. Professional experience in humanities research areas (10%)
    4. Professional experience or training in programming or computer systems management (10%).

Notification

Enrolment

As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned


Schedules

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Type ECTS
Compulsory 35
Optional 7.5
Compulsory placements 7.5
Compulsory final project 10
TOTAL 60

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Digital Humanities
3D Modelling and Creation of Virtual Environments Optional 1st semester 2.5
Creation and Management of Digital Heritage Compulsory 1st semester 5
Creation of Products and Services in the Field of Digital Humanities Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Data Visualization Optional 1st semester 2.5
Digital Cartography Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Digital Culture: Epistemology and Ethics Compulsory 1st semester 5
E-Book Creation Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Final Project Compulsory 1st semester
2nd semester
10
Placement Compulsory 1st semester
2nd semester
7.5
Teaching and Learning of Heritage and Museography in the Heritage Sector Compulsory 1st semester 5
Transmedia, Literature and Digital Environments Optional 1st semester 2.5
Web Portal Creation Compulsory 1st semester 5
Working with Data: Databases and the Semantic Web Compulsory 1st semester 5
Working with Digital Corpora Compulsory 2nd semester 5

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Digital Humanities
Statistics Applied to Humanities Optional 1st semester 5
XML Optional 1st semester 5

Previous years

Placements

Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.



Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.



Institutional information


Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

The professional sectors of digital humanities are very varied and are in the process of expansion. Six professional profiles are prioritized in the master's degree.

  1. Consultants and service companies in the areas of humanities and social sciences.
  2. Units and services of public administrations related to the humanities and social sciences.
  3. Sector that creates published products and distributes information on wireless devices (tablets, smartphones, etc.) specialized in humanities and social sciences.
  4. Units and services in the areas of humanities and social sciences in art galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM).
  5. Web portals and social networks specialized in humanities and social sciences.
  6. Centres, groups and research and experimental development projects in social sciences and humanities.

 

Contact is maintained between the master's degree and companies and institutions in these six areas to make it easier for students to carry out internships (curricular and extracurricular) and master's degree final projects. The contacts provide students with job options after graduation. The companies and institutions linked to these six profiles can be found in the Placements section.

 

Given the dynamism of a growing sector, graduate students also have opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurship. The master's degree provides students with information resources in these areas.Experts in digital humanities are professionals who, through their knowledge of the digital medium, make it easier for the humanities to use new ways to present their advances to the public or gain tools that allow new research and further advances.



Some examples of areas of application are:

  • Generation of infographics.
  • Creation of 3D models and reconstruction of monuments and traces of the past.
  • Development or management of digital maps to show where or how buildings, ancient crops, battles, communications networks, etc. were located.
  • Mass analysis of literary or historical texts.
  • Management of web servers that display data from any branch of the humanities.
  • Publication of digital books.
  • Data management for research groups in digital humanities.

Contact us

Coordinator: MIGUEL ANGEL CENTELLES VELILLA
sed.informacio.audiovisuals@ub.edu

934 035 770
934 035 771

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