Digitalization is fundamentally transforming almost every aspect of our society, including the sciences. In the humanities and social sciences, digitalization and networking open the door to novel ways of exploring culture and society. The aim of the Digital Humanities study program is to familiarize humanities and social sciences students with these new forms of research.

The Digital Humanities course teaches students how to apply and reflect upon computer-assisted and experimental processes in the humanities and social sciences, combining technological knowledge and methodological skills with problems from research in their respective subjects of study. Students can specialize in one or more subject-related applications according to their interests. The program gives students the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities in culture and media, science, memory institutions and business.

Focal areas of teaching and research

The humanities and social sciences interpret the testimonies of human societies, their texts and language, their institutions and buildings, their images and music, their films and games, their everyday and extraordinary objects. Digitalization changes the way in which these testimonies are generated, shared and stored, and thereby our understanding of culture and society. This gives rise to new methods of presentation, analysis and interpretation. Moreover, networking creates entirely new ways of combining data and expanding our understanding of culture and society. Typical fields of work in the Digital Humanities therefore include

  • data modeling of cultural and social objects and processes,
  • editions of cultural and social testimonies,
  • creation and structuring of databases, information systems and infrastructure (especially for cultural heritage institutions such as archives, libraries or museums),
  • programming and retrieval in large data collections on society and culture,
  • creation of corpora and collections for scholarly research,
  • statistical and experimental evaluation of data on culture and society.

The Digital Humanities course at the University of Basel teaches theories, concepts and methods of computer-based and experimental research in the humanities and social sciences. As a student, you will learn how to model questions in the humanities and social sciences (particularly in your second master’s degree subject), translate them into digital and empirically verifiable processes, and implement them at the technical level.

The Digital Humanities combine the humanities and social sciences with computer science. Accordingly, Digital Humanities are studied in conjunction with another master's degree subject in humanities or social sciences, such as archaeology, history, linguistics, political science or sociology. The subject does not require a bachelor's degree in computer science, but builds on the knowledge acquired in a bachelor's degree in humanities and social sciences.

Program structure

A master’s is a second degree that a person can earn after completing a bachelor’s. The master’s program requires a total of 120 credit points (CP). The Master's Degree Program in Digital Humanities is combined with a second degree subject, each worth 35 CP. The subject in which students write their master’s thesis (30 CP) is considered to be their major; the other subject is their minor. Free electives (20 CP) are also included. One ECTS credit point equates to approximately 30 hours of work.

Master of Arts (120 CP)
Major of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
65 CP (35 CP + 30 CP for the master thesis)

Minor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
or extra-faculty
35 CP

Free electives
20 CP
Two degree subjects

Combination of subjects

Students are free to select a second master’s degree subject that meets their specific interests. Students can choose a subject offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or a subject from another faculty. 

Students are free to choose any free elective. These courses allow students to deepen their knowledge of their degree subjects, gain an insight into other degree subjects offered by the University of Basel, or acquire language skills.

Career opportunities

A Master's degree in Digital Humanities in combination with an additional subject provides access to a diverse range of career opportunities in a rapidly evolving professional environment. Virtually all professions today require advanced knowledge of computers, databases and the Internet. Graduates of this course of study may be interested in activities that combine independent work with technological, cultural and social knowledge.

If you are interested in pursuing an academic career, you are invited to apply for a doctorate or doctoral position after completing your master's degree.

Master’s admission requirements

Admission to master’s programs is regulated by the university student regulations, dated September 28, 2011, and the stipulations of the individual degree program descriptions. More details of the general master’s admission requirements are provided here.

For students to be admitted with no additional requirements, they must hold a bachelor’s degree worth 180 CP from a higher education institution recognized by the University of Basel.

Subject-related requirements are defined in the admission requirements (section 3) of the study program for the relevant subject. The guidelines may also contain further useful information that is key to successful studies.

Registration dates

Students must register for their bachelor’s or master’s degree program within a specified timeframe – even in cases of delayed registration.

Information events

The University of Basel organizes regular information events for bachelor’s and master’s programs. Details can be found on the events page of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Some subject areas also offer their own separate information or welcome events. Please consult the page for the relevant subject area for event dates and locations.

Master’s examination & degree

 

Deadlines and dates for master's studies (see data sheets at Dokumente und Merkblätter)

From the fall semester 2019, the revised framework regulations for the Master of Arts will apply. Registration for the master's thesis is independent of registration for the master's examinations. It is now also possible to examine only one subject per session, i.e. the two master's examinations can be divided into two sessions (attention: only for master's degree subjects, it is not possible to separate the two examinations for study programs). New registration deadlines apply for the master's examinations, these have previously taken place at the same time as the registration for the master's thesis.

From the registration in spring semester 2019 onwards, the same acceptance and submission date (last date of the registration deadline) will apply to the master's thesis for all students.

Master’s thesis

Semester takeover, submission 

Takeover SS 2018, submission SS 2019 (old Master's regulations)

Takeover FS 2018, submission FS 2019 (old / new Master's regulations)

Takeover SS 2019, submission SS 2020 (old / new Master's regulations)

Takeover FS 2019, submission FS 2020 (new Master's regulations)

Registration form available from

expired

expired

08.04.19 07.10.19

Application Master’s thesis

expired

expired

07.05. - 23.05.19 05.11. - 21.11.19

Takeover date

expired

expired

23.05.19 21.11.19
Submission date expired individual 22.02.20 20.08.20
Submission of Master’s thesis confirmation form 07.02. - 28.02.19 04.08. - 27.08.19 by 27.02.20 at the latest by 27.08.20 at the latest
Review submission by lecturers 3-week rule 20.12.19 (for the first time 6 weeks before end of semester) 19.06.20 18.12.20
Notification of grades by 13.06.19 at the latest by 31.01.20 at the latest by 31.07.20 at the latest by 31.01.21 at the latest
Review inspection1 18.06. - 22.08.193 14.01. - 13.02.20 16.06. - 21.08.20 19.01. - 12.02.21
 
Master's examinations for students of the degree subject and program

Semester

SS 2019 (old Master's regulations)

FS 2019 (old / new Master's regulations)

SS 2020 (old / new Master's regulations)

FS 2020 (new Master's regulations)

Application forms (degree subject / program) available from

expired

19.08.19

04.02.20 01.09.20

Application deadline for examination

expired

17.09. - 26.09.19

18.02. - 27.02.20 15.09. - 24.09.20

Examination session

23.05. - 29.05.19 (Thu, Fri, Mon, Tue, Wed)2

16.12. - 20.12.19

25.05. - 29.05.20 14.12. - 18.12.20
Notification of grades 13.06.19 13.01.20 15.06.20 18.01.21
 
Application for MA degree documents

Semester

SS 2019

FS 2019

SS 2020

FS 2020

Application deadline for degree

18.06. - 22.08.193

14.01. - 13.02.20

16.06. - 23.07.20 19.01. - 12.02.21

Graduation ceremony

14.09.19

21.03.20

12.09.20 27.03.21

 

1 At the same time as the application deadline for degree.
2 Due to public holidays on 30.5. and university-wide free days on 31.5., exams are already held on Thursdays and Fridays of the second last week of the lecture period.
3 Summer break from 12.07.19 up to and including 05.08.19.
All data subject to subsequent changes.