Digital & Public Humanities

Edinburgh Napier University


Merchiston Campus


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 educators in the Scottish Prison Service.

This course unites academic skills that employers value, such as research, critical thinking, writing and communication skills, with practical skills for the digital economy and creative industries. While the course seeks to enhance your employability, its ethos is also characterised by a strong commitment to raising awareness about social justice and social inequalities, including questions of access to the arts and education, and the impact of and potential solutions to the digital divide.

Compulsory modules include:
Introduction to Digital Humanities: Theories, Practices and Debates; Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods and Skills; Introduction to Public Humanities: Theories, Debates and Engagement.

Optional modules include:
Contemporary Genres: Culture in the Digital Age; Mediated Cultures: Self, Technology and Society; Design Dialogues; Web Design and Development; Exhibition Design; Interpretative Design; Tourism, Society and Visual Culture; Community Media; Cities Real and Imagined; Crime in Text and Film; Fictions of Terror; Work Placement.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in English Literature or closely related discipline, such as Film, Philosophy, History, Media Culture, Cultural Studies, Literature (in languages other than English), Politics, Sociology.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Sectors

Advertising, Marketing and PR


Media and Broadcasting

Publishing and Writing