Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary subject area that brings a range of computational, quantitative and other innovative and collaborative methods to the study of texts, images, histories, languages and cultures, while also being critical about methodology, disciplinarity and pedagogy.
The Digital Humanities Research Hub at the School of Advanced Study provides a unique academic community for pursuing doctoral research. The Hub’s multidisciplinary team comprises academics with strong connections to subject areas including Classics, English, History and Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as researchers and practitioners with technical backgrounds. With strong connections to leading cultural heritage organisations and national and international digital humanities organisations, the Hub provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research and professional development.
The PhD by Practice offers a distinctive opportunity to conduct doctoral research by developing a body of creative work coupled with a written critical component. Unlike a traditional PhD, this programme allows students to be assessed on the creative output of their research in addition to a shorter written thesis. For example, a student could produce an exhibition (physical or virtual), digital prototype(s) or demonstrator(s), a body of code, a database, data visualisations, or an art installation.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a substantial digital output that provides new research insight, demonstrates creative originality and makes a meaningful academic contribution to your chosen field. This project will be accompanied by a written thesis of up to 30,000 words.
This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while honing a professional and creative practice. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of critical, technical and creative skills that can be easily transferred to multiple professional contexts. The PhD by Practice will prepare you for specialist career paths in universities, cultural heritage institutions, the creative industries and the technology sector. This degree is also ideally suited to those already working in these sectors and who are seeking to significantly advance their professional development and expand their career opportunities.