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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Merchiston Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Study literature, film and culture, and learn about the theory and practice of digital media and arts in the community


This innovative course in vibrant, cosmopolitan Edinburgh allows you to combine academic study with specialised learning about digital and public humanities.

You’ll practice digital research, community engagement and have the opportunity to pursue a placement with partners in the cultural sector, to gain knowledge of and experience in public-facing scholarship in the humanities.

You’ll benefit from the research expertise of an enthusiastic teaching team and our practical experience in working with a range of external organisations, from UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival to our award-winning partnership with the Scottish Prison Service and Fife College.

You’ll engage with theoretical debates at the forefront of the two exciting new fields of digital and public humanities alongside practice-based learning about digital media and tools for humanities research. You’ll consider the interface between theoretical debates on community, culture, media, identity and audiences, and practical examples of community engagement in academia, cultural organisations and the third sector. This course allows you to tailor your programme of study to your individual preferences, from a focus on textual analysis to more digital content and practical applications.


Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed using a combination of methods such as essays and oral presentations, and a dissertation or equivalent major project. Some modules give you a choice between assessment options to reflect your own focus and research interests; such options may include oral history projects, portfolios, digital text analysis or geospatial analysis, blogs and video essays, alongside more traditional essay assignments.


A range of professional and research roles in different sectors including:

  • cultural and literary heritage
  • museums and galleries
  • charities
  • publishing
  • web design
  • data analysis for arts and public sector organisations
  • outreach for cultural organisations
  • teaching
  • creative industries

The course will also equip you for further study at PhD level in related subject areas.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,062per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Edinburgh Napier University

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  • Campus address

    Edinburgh Napier University, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 1DJ, Scotland

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