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Postgraduate Study

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Digital Humanities is no longer accepting new applications.


The required element of the course consists of two core courses in the Michaelmas term and two course choices from a basket of options in the Lent term. Students also attend a lecture/workshop series and research seminar programme which will run alongside the courses.

Students will be expected to attend training sessions provided by the University Library on bibliographical and library skills, along with sessions on electronic resources.

One to one supervision

8 hours of one-to-one supervision per year.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

48 hours from 2 x core courses and 2 x optional courses per year. 

20 hours of research seminars per year.


20 hours of lectures per year.

Small group teaching

Weekly drop-in sessions with a Research Software Engineer. 


Each student will be allocated a supervisor who gives advice on planning the year’s work and the dissertation/portfolio in particular. Advice on the coursework essays is given by the convenor of the appropriate class and further supervision is offered by the dissertation supervisor, who may read small sections of written work.  Documentation offering specifications and guidance in relation to each element of assessed work are provided to students. Progress is monitored through the discussion with each student of draft sections of their dissertations by their supervisor and through submitted work. The short, written exercise, which is submitted in the Michaelmas term, receives feedback from the supervisor; the first coursework essay which is submitted at the end of Michaelmas term, is returned with two examiners' comments at the beginning of Lent term; the Lent-term coursework essay is returned with two examiners' comments at the beginning of Easter term. Supervisors write termly reports online which can be accessed by the student.


Thesis / Dissertation

●      Either, a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words in length submitted at the end of the course (60% of final grade)

●      Or, a portfolio, comprising a dissertation of not more than 8,000 words in length, and a project report of not more than 4,000 words in length. The project report may include a methodological report and technical appendices that may comprise or include elements in visual, digital, or other formats (60% of final grade).


●      One 2,000-word essay relating to the dissertation or portfolio, which is formative and marked on a pass/resubmission basis.

●      Two essays of 5,000 words each. One is submitted at the end of the Michaelmas term, the other at the end of the Lent term. These relate to the work pursued in the core and optional courses and each contributes 20 per cent towards the final mark.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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