Post-Digital Humanities MA

Study level: Postgraduate
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This innovative and inter-disciplinary course combines humanist enquiry with digital media expression.

Year of entry



Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode



1 year full-time
2 years part-time
2 years part-time (with professional experience)

Course code


Start date

September 2023

Course overview

The course emphasises collaboration, co-created learning and fosters new and progressive teaching methodologies which will instil a broad range of distinct employability skills.

This course will allow you to explore the connection between the digital and the analogue, applying intellectual skills fostered in the humanities in a creative environment which takes advantage of the opportunities created by immersive media technologies.

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5 QS Stars for Teaching and Facilities

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Top 5 UK Student City (Coventry)

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Why you should study this course

  • You will be encouraged to use digital media, participatory media, and public spaces to help shape and inspire societal discussions.
  • Students on the Post-Digital Humanities MA will reflect on how to lead public discourse and disseminate academic ideas to a wider audience.
  • You’ll focus on the creative application of humanities-inspired critical thinking to real-world challenges.
  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information.
  • Students of history, sociology, international relations, politics, and literature will have an opportunity to explore and express their ideas in creative, disruptive ways.

What you'll study

This course will allow you to explore the connection between the digital and the analogue, applying intellectual skills fostered in the humanities in a creative environment which takes advantage of the opportunities created by immersive media technologies.

This course is built around a studio-based learning experience designed to empower you to engage in continuous, collaborative, creative work. The course aims to offer you an opportunity to produce work which results in real world outcomes, such as publication in our online, digital journal.


  • This module will provide you with an opportunity to critically study how modern societies engage with non-mainstream histories and the ways in which hierarchies of power and inequality are maintained and justified. It will challenge you to consider the ways that minority communities and non-western perspectives are implicitly marginalised in a globalising world that privileges western settler-colonial worldviews. You will have the opportunity to engage with the histories of indigenous peoples, racial and sexual minorities, and groups whose voices are rarely represented in popular media artefacts. You'll also engage with the process of academic content creation, considering how those same artefacts can be used to present marginalised historical and contemporary voices on a global digital stage.


  • This module will challenge you to question the fundamental basis of the humanities, exploring how digital technologies pose a threat to human dominance as the central source of power and authority in the world. It will also ask you to think critically about the nature of the self in a society increasingly dominated by digital interactions. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which debates about environmental change, anthropocentrism, and climate change, for example, will shape the future of life on Earth or speculatively in the development of new societies on newly colonised planets.


  • You will work towards the creation and exhibition of your final projects. The final project will be digital in nature, but displayed in an off-line space as part of a collaborative exhibition. This final project will allow you to bring online and offline spaces together, to create a 360 degree immersive experience which will be open to the public and will encapsulate some of the core themes taught as a part of this course.


  • The aim of this module is to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts. The module will normally involve students working together, across disciplines and or from a range of workplace settings, to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors solve internal issues and how different sectors can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields. International, cultural and ethical issues will underpin the practical and theoretical developments in the module coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. The module will engage in wide-ranging debates and problem solving exercises using examples from real-life issues.


With professional experience option

This opportunity2 enables you to apply for optional professional experience in semester 1, which, upon successfully securing a placement, will extend the duration of your master’s to either 16, 20 or 24 months. The professional experience provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability.

Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee, which for 1 semester of professional experience is £1,333.33, for 2 semesters of professional experience is £2,666.67, and for 3 semesters of professional experience is £4,000.

Professional experience may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Professional experience opportunities are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our Talent Team in trying to find and secure an opportunity. Find out more about the professional experience option.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Group projects
  • Workshops

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.

Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week (approx. 35 hours), depending on the demands of individual modules. 

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to COVID-19, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2023/24 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.

Applicants should ideally hold an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or higher.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Typical entry requirements

Applicants should ideally hold an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or higher.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each component area

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £11,200   Request fee information
International £18,600   Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).
  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is joining two of our school’s completely refurbished Art and Design buildings and adding a range of new facilities4, which is planned to open in 2023. These will include a hyper studio designed for cross-disciplinary projects and immersive studios with cutting-edge virtual reality and mixed-reality technologies. Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities in a dedicated environment.

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Television Studio

On selected courses, you’ll have access to our on-site television studio The Tank, offering specialist equipment such as large cameras, mixing facilities and fibre-optic wiring throughout.

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Arts and Humanities Building

We are currently in the process of a major redevelopment of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities buildings. The building will be open to the public, as well as students, and will feature an expansive gallery space in addition to the capacity for cross-faculty collaborations.

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The Library

You will benefit from our support designed to help you succeed and our industry-relevant teaching and resources. These include our modern library and computing facilities, dedicated careers advice and Students’ Union.

Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have in-depth knowledge of:

  • Global human societies
  • Societal development
  • Cultural evolution
  • Digital history
  • International relations in action
  • Digital communication
  • Event curation
  • Environmentalism
  • Post-Digital

As well as aiming to enhance your employment prospects as part of the course, our Talent Team aims to provide you with a new type of professional careers support throughout your journey at Coventry University. Not only do we try to guide you towards a successful graduate life, but we also aim to serve your individual needs and aspirations by providing the right kind of career support, from enrolment, to graduation and beyond.

Where our graduates work

Students graduating from this course could choose to pursue a range of potential graduate career options in fields such as:

  • Digital Publishing and Media Production
  • Event and Project Management
  • Campaign Management and Design
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Journalism and Social Activism
  • Marketing and Progressive Communication
  • Innovative Academics
  • Research and Research Application
  • Curation in Digital and Physical Spaces
  • Governmental and Trans-Governmental Organisations
  • NGOs and IGOs, business leadership and independent enterprise

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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