The PhD in Digital Humanities, run by Cambridge Digital Humanities and based in the Faculty of English, is a research-intensive programme new for 2024 that will enable students to engage at doctoral level with projects demanding the use of digital methods, tools, or adopting critical/theoretical orientations. The programme expands the humanities offering at research postgraduate level at Cambridge by offering a route for cross-disciplinary engagement, responding to the growth of the field of Digital Humanities as a research area.
The programme is designed to enable students from many areas of the arts and humanities to develop practical skills and knowledge and to generate the necessary critical literacy to understand and engage with digital research, and digital cultures, and to respond to questions arise around the ethics of automation, algorithmic analysis, privacy/surveillance, virtual cultures, data sharing, intelligent agency and creativity, archival justice and digital histories, and to explore work in relation to collections and heritage issues. Through supervisions supplemented by technical consulting, supplemented by a research culture providing research led seminars and lectures, guest seminars, and practice-driven workshops, it provides the conditions for original PhD research in DH or in other arts and humanities/social science disciplines that make a significant intervention into shaping the field.
Digital Humanities is an intrinsically interdisciplinary field: we therefore will consider candidates from almost any academic field. You might have a grounding in History, Archaeology, Literature, Linguistics, Art History, Economics, Computer Science, etc. The degree itself involves working with a range of materials from Cambridge Libraries, Museums and Collections and other disciplines.
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).
If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
University Minimum Academic Requirements
MPhil students in Digital Humanities from Cambridge who wish to continue to the PhD may apply to do so, subject to meeting certain conditions. The expected standard for continuation to the PhD at Cambridge is normally:
- An overall mark of 70 or more for the MPhil course
- A mark of 70 or more for the dissertation/portfolio submitted as part of the MPhil course
- Other conditions may also be imposed as deemed necessary
General entry requirements for the University of Cambridge:
2024 Home students: £9,387
2024 Overseas students: £28,401
Anyone who applies to a postgraduate course at Cambridge can also apply to be considered for funding.
Every year the University of Cambridge awards over £100m in scholarships to new postgraduate students. This money comes from many generous University and College endowments, as well as government Research Council (UKRI) funds. A lot of our students also fund their studies from external sources such as charities or government schemes and loans.
Our major internal sources of funding are:
- Cambridge Trust
- Gates Cambridge Trust
- Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme (HDPSP)
- Research Councils (UKRI)
- Colleges and departments
General information found at: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/funding-overview
European Funding Guide
The European Funding Guide is the largest online-platform in the EU for finding financial aid. The platform contains over 12,000 scholarships, grants and awards across the whole EU worth more than 27 billion Euros per year. Over 4,000 of these are specifically targeted at UK students.
Postgraduate Administrator (Suzanne Daley):
Applications for the PhD in Digital Humanities open on 4 September 2023.
The deadline for Gates (US) scholarships is early October 2023 (https://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/timeline/).
The deadline for all other applications is in early January 2024.
For more information and a link to the application portal, look up Digital Humanities in the Postgraduate Course Directory after applications open.
Professor Caroline Bassett
Director, Cambridge Digital Humanities; Professor of Digital Humanities
Dr Leonardo Impett
University Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities
Dr Anne Alexander
Dr Hugo Leal