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Digital Humanities PhD (option of a joint PhD with National University of Singapore)

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About Digital Humanities PhD

The Department of Digital Humanities at King's is a pioneer in its field, and we aim to provide outstanding supervision and training in a broad range of areas across digital humanities and digital culture, exploring the varied ways in which digital information, technologies and methods are transforming the humanities, arts, culture and society. We have numerous links with key institutions across the cultural and creative sectors, as well as SMEs in the digital and media industries, and we aim to prepare students for careers both in the academy and outside it.  We also offer a joint PhD with the National University of Singapore. 

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and its leading international reputation. The Department of Digital Humanities is ranked 1st in the UK against the framework's "power" metric; 80% of our research was deemed to be world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) standard; we received an outstanding score for the impact of our research; and we were ranked third of the Russell Group universities.

Course Study Environment

Our postgraduate students are an integral part of the academic life of the Department. We are a growing department with many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics. We have a wide range of both national and international projects, collaborations with other departments, as well as with other higher education institutions, cultural and memory organisations, and digital industries. Our students have access to good library facilities, and there is a research student room within the department.

The Department has an active PhD seminar series, which provides students with the opportunity to present their research and discuss its progress and its relationship to the broader discipline, and students are also invited to participate in the departmental seminar series. There is an annual PhD student conference, organised by the students themselves, as well as a range of seminars and other events both within King's and at academic and cultural institutions around London.

London offers unparalleled diversity and richness for students in the humanities and cultural heritage, with the largest concentration of memory and cultural institutions in the UK, including the major document repositories at the National Archives, and the extensive digital and physical resources of the British Library. London also possesses extensive media and digital industries, with many opportunities for internships and employment.

Postgraduate training

Research students are expected to spend a week per year on training in transferable and research skills, and will have access to a diverse range of training opportunities. Students can attend a variety of specialist MA modules offered within the Department, on topics such as text technologies, spatial humanities, or metadata. The King's Graduate School runs a Researcher Development Programme of personal, professional and career development activities for all research students, and there is a centrally provided programme of ICT and related skills training. Students are able to take part in a wide portfolio of training courses ranging from generic study and employability skills, language courses at the College's Modern Language Centre, through to specific conceptual and methodological courses offered by the ESRC-funded King's Interdisciplinary Social Science DTC.

King's is also a partner in the AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) collaborative doctoral training partnership (with University College London and the School of Advanced Study, University of London), which supports an extensive network of training courses and events for AHRC-funded students.

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Funding Notes

Full-time tuition fees: £5,300 per year UK/EU

Part-time tuition fees: £2,650 per year UK/EU

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

How good is research at King’s College London in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.05

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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