• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Digital Humanities at KU Leuven is a young field of research, focused on the use of computational techniques to support research in the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences. One of the key drivers of the field is the recent availability of large digital repositories within many areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences. 


These repositories offer the prospect of applying computational visualization, querying and analysis techniques, leading to the discovery of new knowledge and insights. The field also applies new digital techniques to enhance approaches, processes, skills and methods developed and applied in the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences. This includes the use of digital techniques in instructional sciences, the use of digital games in social sciences or the use of digital techniques in on-line publishing. 

What is the Master of Digital Humanities at KU Leuven all about?

The Master of Science in Digital Humanities helps graduates from Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences programmes to develop digital competencies that will allow them to add digital dimensions to their own domain expertise. It aims to explicitly link these competencies to research questions, case studies and applications related to the domain expertise of the students.

Graduates of this programme will be able to bring their own domain expertise to a significantly higher level of functionality, using digital tools and techniques. Building both on the expertise they obtained from the programme and their prior expertise in Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences, graduates will be well placed to open many new digital applications to a much wider community. Moreover, those who wish to move to a professional profile involving more advanced digital competencies, are well prepared to do so.

Programme outline

The programme is organized around a number of clusters of course units. The central clusters are the Application Domains cluster and the Tools for the Digital World cluster. Supporting clusters are the Introductory Digitization Components cluster, the Advanced Digitization Components cluster and the Management Component. The heart of the research activities is situated in the Master’s thesis.

International and multidisciplinary

The master’s programme is conceived as a one year, international and multidisciplinary advanced master programme (master-after-master). The programme is unique in Flanders and one of only a few in Europe. The programme is firmly framed in an explicit collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Sciences - Department of Computer Science. As such, it is supported by experts in Digital Humanities applications, who supply research expertise for the programme, as well as by experts in digital techniques and tools, who provide a sound technical basis for the students.

Career perspectives

Academically, researchers in the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Science are confronted with the need to apply digital tools to facilitate and enhance their research. The program enables graduates to enhance their research in the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences through non-trivial uses of digital tools and techniques. This may include:

  • modeling and querying databases
  • accessing data
  • interconnecting and querying web resources
  • extending tools with scripts to provide extra functionality
  • text-encoding and e-publishing
  • mining repositories
  • data visualization
  • analyzing social networks
  • adopting, adapting and enhancing e-learning environments
  • improving usability of human-computer interaction

As such, graduates are very well placed to take on the challenges that novel research positions require.

Professionally, graduates of the Humanities, Social of Behavioral Sciences enter professional environments where connecting the company’s business with digital tools and techniques has become standard. In this case as well, the programme enables its graduates to put to use non-trivial digital techniques in their professional occupations, including:

  • e-media
  • publishing
  • arts
  • history
  • culture
  • music
  • libraries
  • e-education
  • interactions for end-user applications. 

Thus, graduates who want to pursue a career in the usual sectors for graduates of the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences will be much better prepared to cope with the digital techniques that are currently applied there.

More generally, graduates of this programme provide society with professionals and researchers who are able to bring their own domain expertise to a higher level of functionality, using digital tools and techniques. Building both on the expertise they obtained from the programme and their prior expertise in Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences, they are well placed to take part in opening the digital world to a larger community.

Graduates of this programme who wish to move to a job profile involving more advanced digital competencies, are prepared to do so and will help to close the gap in an IT-focused labor market. This will require extra training at the company and aims at positions such as project analysts, project managers, service managers.

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Programme Structure

Introductory Components
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Information Structures and Implications
  • Scripting Languages
Management Component
  • Management and Information Technology

Elective Components

Tools for the Digital World

  • Design Thinking and Making
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Data Visualisation
  • Web Information Systems
  • Introduction to Data Mining

Application Domains

  • Methods of Corpus Linguistics
  • Linked Data Scholarship
  • Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Speech Science
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Online Publishing
  • Multimodality in Interaction
  • Digital Cultural Heritage

Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission of students is based on a selection procedure. 

  • Candidate students submit an application containing detailed information on their prior studies, work experience, additional competencies, proof of proficiency in English and motivation statement. 
  • Successful applicants are holder of a Master degree in Human or Behavioral Sciences. They obtained their degree with good study results and from a good university. 
  • They meet the universities entry requirements in terms of English proficiency. 
  • They have clear academic and/or professional goals and are able to motivate why the program will help to achieve them.

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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