Digital Humanities

KU Leuven

12 months
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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.


The Master of Science in Digital Humanities at KU Leuven 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Management and Information Technology
  • Tools for the Digital World
  • Design Thinking and Making
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Data Visualisation
  • Web Information Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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.
  • Applicants with a strong IT-background (e.g. applicants who are also holder of a Bachelor of Master degree in Computer Science, or who have similar expertise through professional experience) will be advised not to enroll in the program. 

Tuition Fee


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Digital Humanities
KU Leuven