UCC Undergraduate courses

Digital Humanities and Information Technology

About This Course

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Course Outline

Graduates of UCC’s BA in Digital Humanities & Information Technology are uniquely balanced across the arts and computing, having studied interdisciplinary modules from Arts, Digital Humanities, and Computer Science. This programme explores how computers can be used to study culture and society, and what it means to be a human in the age of machines.

Students develop the practical technical skills necessary to succeed in the digital age, while also seeking to discover what is it to be human in the digital age, and how we might see ourselves and others as humanity becomes ever more connected by digital technology.

Equipped with an interdisciplinary skillset, graduates of the programme will have a wealth of employment opportunities open to them across a variety of industries in the technical and cultural sectors.


Students attend lectures offered by a diverse and experienced team from across Arts, Digital Humanities, and Computer Science. The cohort engages with a mix of technical and theoretical subjects, engaging with key tools, technologies, issues and debates. Students develop an understanding of key concepts in computing, as well as digital tools and techniques used for cultural understanding and sharing, such as text analysis, geospatial analysis, social network analysis, data visualisation for the arts and humanities, and digital curation.

The optional third-year of this programme offers students the opportunity to study abroad or partake in a work placement.

All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Modules:

CS1201 Introduction to Computer Systems (15 credits)
CS1202 Programming for Digital Humanities I 
CS1203 Programming for Digital Humanities II 
CS1204 Databases for Digital Humanities 
DH1001 Digital Humanities: Theories & Concepts I 
DH1002 Digital Tools & Methods I 
DH1003 Research Methods & Practice 

Plus 15 credits from one Arts minor field: Archaeology, Béaloideas, Celtic Civilisation, Chinese Studies, English, Geography, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Philosophy, Politics, or Religions and Global Diversity and Sociology

Year 2 Modules:

CS2211 Web Systems I 

CS2212 Web Systems II

CS2213 Data Analytics for Digital Humanities I 

CS2214 Multimedia I 

CS2215 Data Analytics for Digital Humanities II

CS2517 Multimedia II

DH2001 Digital Humanities: Theories & Concepts II

DH2002 Digital Humanities Tools & Methods II 


Students choose 10 credits from the following electives:


DH2005 Learning and Knowledge Creation in the Digital Age 

DH2006 Curation & Storytelling in a Digital Age 

DH2008 Electronic Literature / Literary Games 

DH2009 Gender, Race and Digital Humanities 


Plus one other Arts subject (10 credits) continued from First Year.

Year 3:

Optional Work Placement or Study Abroad

Year 4 Modules:

CS3061 Systems and Software Practices 

CS3062 Computing in Society 

CS3063 Digital Content Management 

CS3064 Searching and Using Online Data 

DH4001 Research Colloquium 

DH4002 Research Project Planning & Delivery 

DH4003 Research Project (20 credits)


Plus one other Arts subject (10 credits) continued from Second Year.

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 are tutorials to support the course material.

Lab/practical: Workshops and lab sessions reinforce and provide effective direct instruction in digital skills and tools.

Online learning: The course involves some group and online learning. Students and teachers on the BA in Digital Humanities & Information Technology create an engaged learning community in person and online.

Why Choose This Course

This programme will be suited to students who are interested in applying digital technologies to arts and humanities research, be it in language, literature, philosophy, politics, geography or similar. It is unique in its inherently interdisciplinary composition, allowing students to take a mix of modules from across Arts, Digital Humanities, and Computer Science. The faculty is comprised of internationally recognised experts in their respective fields, all of whom are experienced in teaching and research. This experience has been demonstrated nationally and internationally and will be delivered to you using a range of blended and engaging learning tools to foster student-centred, research-based learning.


Placement or Study Abroad Information

Work Placement:

The optional third-year of this programme includes an opportunity for a work placement or study abroad.

The programme runs from January to September (a 9-month placement)

Companies that repeatedly employ students on placements included Arlo Technologies, Horner APG, Poppulo, Janssen Sciences, DB Schenker, Ervia, McAfee LLC, Musgrave, ESB Networks, Oracle Corp, Johnson Controls, PWC Ltd, McKesson.

Study Abroad:

This option would normally run for one full academic year corresponding to the start and finish dates of the host institution. This is normally similar to UCC’s academic year but can vary from university to university, across different countries and also from year to year. 

Skills and Careers Information

The BA in Digital Humanities & Information Technology equips its graduates to pursue careers in a range of industries, while also positioning them to pursue further studies in either arts or computing. Graduates of the Department of Digital Humanities at UCC have gone on to work in IT, education, heritage, journalism, technical writing, publishing, galleries, and design.


Leaving Cert entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. 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.  

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

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

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The 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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