Master - Digital Humanities

Digitisation is a sustainable formative factor in many areas of science and society. The solution to the technical problems arising from digitization and the scientific reaction to the consequences of digitization represent a central task of cultural studies and will open up numerous new professional fields. The programme is aimed to students with a bachelors degree offered by the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies.

The aim of the Master's degree programme in Digital Humanities (DH) at the University of Vienna is to train students who will make a significant contribution to the promotion and anchoring of computer-based methods in humanities research contexts. In addition to the widespread understanding of the DH as a collective term for diverse digital processes for the processing and evaluation of text, image and other data, the DH are not only seen as a means of increasing the efficiency of IT in the humanities, but also as an auxiliary science. Rather, the focus is on the development of new possibilities of knowledge. Not only the methods, but also the consequences and perspectives of DH practice are subjected to critical reflection. Theory formation is supported, and thus also the development of the DH to a transdisciplinary, independent scientific discourse.

Students of cultural studies subjects are offered an extension of competences in the techniques and methods of the DH. The close cooperation with the Master's programmes Data Science and Business Analytics is unique, whereby not only technical but also ethical, legal and scientific theoretical contents are taught together. Students complete their studies with a master's thesis that deals with a problem or area of application of the DH in an exemplary or theoretical way.



  • Duration: 4 semesters

  • Credits: 120 ECTS points

  • Degree: Master of Arts (MA)

  • Language of Instruction: German & English

  • Degree Programme: 

  • Directorate of Studies

    SPL 13 (Finno-Ugristik, Nederlandistik, Skandinavistik, Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft)
  • Eligible for bachelor degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies plus EC Digital Humanities or EC Computational Thinking
  • Guideline Description of qualifications for the admission (Update: August 2022)

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These topics can be expected during your studies including possible focus areas (minors):

  • Digital Humanities Skills
  • Theory and Practice of the Digital Humanities
  • Specialisation in Clusters of Digital Humanities

 Digital Humanities – a short introduction

Details of the curriculum

Graduates of the Master's programme in Digital Humanities at the University of Vienna shall be qualified, beyond the scope of a Bachelor's programme, to use the techniques and methods of Digital Humanities to further develop the cultural-scientific knowledge and competences acquired in the Bachelor's programme in a more perspective way and in the form of digital projects. They have active knowledge of data and information technology fundamentals and acquire the skills to apply these to different subject areas and data forms of cultural studies. This qualifies them not only for scientific contexts, but especially for work in application-related digitisation projects in all areas of society.

Semester plan Digital Humanities


The legally binding version of the curriculum as of 27.06.2022 can be accessed through this pdf download link (German only).