MA in Cultural Data Management and Communication


Choose this programme if you are interested in the methods for managing and using cultural data.

The MA in Cultural Data Management and Communication will develop students’ understanding of the principles and methods of different approaches to managing, analysing and communicating different types of cultural data. Cultural data is digital data about human culture and society, past and present: from ancient documents, artefacts and environments to present-day social media, digital arts and virtual worlds. Cultural data draws on a similarly diverse range of digital and computational methods for its management, analysis and communication: from data standards, citizen science and web apps, to computational linguistics, machine learning and user-centred design.

The programme will give students a grounding in digital and computational approaches to cultural data. It will provide students with the transferable skills and intellectual training to prepare them for a career in the information, media and communication sectors, the creative industries, and the cultural heritage sector (including galleries, libraries, archives, and museums), as well as providing an important preparation for those wishing to pursue doctoral research. The programme does not require students to have programming or mathematical competencies; instead it is intended to prepare students for leadership roles, including project and product management, and careers involving cultural data: leading, overseeing and intersecting with clients, audiences, and design teams (programmers, artists etc).

This new programme will capitalise on over 25 years of expertise and international reputation by the Faculty of Arts’ Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) in the domain of cultural data. The DHI is the UK’s leading centre for the development, analysis and communication of cultural data (digital humanities). The programme will involve DHI colleagues delivering modules that draw upon their knowledge, expertise, and track record.

Core modules:

  1. Introduction to Cultural Data
  2. Managing Digital Projects
  3. Digital Culture and Data e-Portfolio

Optional modules:

  1. Introduction to Digital Culture
  2. Designing Cultural Data Products
  3. Language Analysis, AI and Culturomics
  4. A choice of modules available in other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For further information please contact Dr Seth Mehl.