UCC Undergraduate courses

Digital Humanities and Information Technology

About This Course

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Course Outline

This is Ireland's only BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology. Graduates of this innovative programme will be uniquely balanced across two areas – information technology, and the arts and humanities – having studied modules in computer science, digital humanities and an arts subject.

You will develop practical skills to flourish in the digital age and explore the impact of digital technology on culture, power and identity in society.

You will seek to discover what is it to be human in the digital age, and the answers will help to shape how we see ourselves and others as humanity becomes more connected by technology.

You will be introduced to a dynamic and developing field. The BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will lay the foundations for employment in a range of areas or for further research, using digital tools to address the creative questions of the arts and humanities.


A diverse and experienced team will teach you about major issues and debates in digital humanities and computer science.

You will develop an understanding of electronic computation and the skills to use digital tools, computing technologies and programming languages. You will learn to curate, develop and deliver digital media applications and to devise, implement and update digital learning plans. You will also develop critical, analytical, research and problem-solving skills that are valuable for a wide range of future careers.

The course includes modules in information technology and digital humanities, along with an arts module, and the opportunity to study abroad or partake in a work placement. 

Year 1 Modules:


  • CS1050 Fundamentals of Internet Computing (15 credits);
  • CS1070 Introductory Python Programming for Digital Humanities (5 credits);
  • CS1118 Multimedia (5 credits);
  • CS3052 Information Systems Security and Electronic Commerce (5 credits)
  • DH1001 Concepts and Collaboration in Digital Humanities I (5 credits);
  • DH1002 Digital Tools & Methodologies (5 credits);
  • DH1003 Introduction to Student Learning in the Digital Age (5 credits)

Electives (one from)

Archaeology;  Béaloideas;  Celtic Civilisation;  Chinese Studies;  Economics;  English;  French;  Geography;  German;   Greek;  History; Spanish;  Italian;  Latin;  Philosophy;  Politics; Religions and Global Diversity.

Year 2 Modules:


Introduction to Digital Media;  Introduction to Internet Information Systems;  Computer Animation;  Authoring;  Webservers;  Introduction to Relational Databases;  Concepts and Collaboration in Digital Humanaities I;  Digital Tools & Methodologies I;  eLearning Digital Object Curation.


Arts subject continued from Year 1.

Year 3 Modules:

Students can choose to undertake a work placement, a year of study abroad or continue directly into their final year.

Option 1:  Work Placement + final year.

Option 2: International Pathway + final year.  If you choose the International Pathway you will spend Year 3 at an approved foreign university, where you will study approved courses/modules to the equivalent value of 60 credits.

Option 3:  Complete your final year.

Year 4 Modules:

Digital Content Management;  Usability Engineering;  Information Systems and Electronic Commerce;  Digital Video Capture and Packaging;  Audio and Sound Engineering;  Research Project;  Research Seminar;  Research Methods;  Research Project;  Minor subject continued from Years 1 and 2.


Arts subject continued from Years 1 and 2.

See the College Calendar for further information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further details on modules.


Course Practicalities

Lectures: In addition to lectures, there will be face-to-face tutorials to support the other course material accessed in the student’s own time.

Lab/practical: Intensive onsite workshops will also be used, as well as laboratory sessions to reinforce and provide effective direct instruction in digital skills.

Online learning: The course will involve some group and online learning. Together, the students and teachers on the BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will create an engaged learning community in person and online.

Why Choose This Course

If you are interested in applying digital technologies to Humanities and Arts, be it education, language, literature, performing arts, philosophy or law, this course can offer you exciting possibilities. The aim of this programme is:

  1. to equip students with a thorough understanding of the technologies and principles of information technology and digital media;
  2. to provide access to a range of topics in humanities and in the Arts that provide the creative platform to modernise our perception of our rapidly changing world.

 You will choose this course if:

  • you want to develop a thorough understanding of the technologies and principles of information technology and digital media.
  • you want to have the opportunity to use professional industry-standard tools.
  • you want to be learn how to inspire, inform and entertain an audience using Information Technology and digital media
  • you would like to develop your creative and technical skills through the use of a range of existing and emerging technologies.

This course is the only BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology in Ireland.

It is a creative, progressive initiative introduced by University College Cork. 

This course is provided by a diverse team experienced in teaching, research and development in computer science, digital arts and humanities. This experience has been demonstrated locally and nationally and will be delivered to you using a range of blended and engaged learning tools to foster student-centred, research-based learning. 


Placement or Study Abroad Information

The programme includes an optional one-year work placement.

The work placement option enables students to experience first-hand the ways in which their degrees equip them for work, allowing them to refine their skills further in a practical work context, and helping them to acquire further relevant skills in the workplace.

Skills and Careers Information

Employers are increasingly seeking graduates with certain broad-spectrum skills and a high degree of adaptability, which are among the attributes that Arts degrees are uniquely positioned to foster.

The UCC BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will equip you with a range of tools and methods to provide the digital element now essential for careers in wide range of areas including:

  • education
  • heritage and the ‘experience cultural economy’
  • web / digital content creation and management
  • data curation
  • editing and management in a variety of domain.

Graduates of this programme may also pursue careers as:

  • Web designers
  • Mobile Developers
  • UI? Developers
  • Technical Writers
  • Software Engineers
  • SW/QA Test Engineers
  • SQL Developers
  • Digital Publishers
  • Digital Curation Service Managers
  • Curation Tools and Services Developers
  • Digital Heritage Officers
  • Research Archive Managers
  • Metadata Managers
  • Digital Resources Specialist and Multimedia Systems 

Digital Humanities and Information Technology is an international interdisciplinary field which equips practitioners with the key skills for the knowledge economy and a creative conceptual awareness in the application of digital tools to key questions and problems in the Arts & Humanities, and in society. It produces digitally literate graduates who may fill a variety of roles in the “knowledge economy”. 


Leaving Cert entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:



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Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam.  Approximately six places are available to mature applicants on this course.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.


Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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