Programme Structure & Curriculum

Detailed information on the curriculum can be found here. The brochure for the programme can be found here.

Application and Enrolment

Information on language skills and general prerequsites

Application and Enrolment



What?Digital Humanities is a new and rapidly growing research field at the interface between the Humanities and Computational Science. Core topics are digitisation, representation, archiving, enrichment, visualisation and analysis of data from the Humanities. These data can be texts but also include video and audio streams, photos and artefacts.

When? The programme has been accredited for a start in winter term 2014/15. Students may enrol both for a beginning in summer and winter terms, further information can be found here

Who? The Master's programme Digital Humanities is aimed at students with a Bachelor's degree (or a similar academic degree) in the Humanities (Philologies, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Phonetics etc.) or in Computer Sciences (Computational Science, Computational Linguistics etc.). Relevant information for incoming exchange students can be found here.

Why? Digital Humanities is an exciting field of work for everyone interested in both the Humanities & Cultural Sciences as well as technologies. Graduates are sought after by cultural heritage institutes, in academic research, and the publishing and tourism sectors. Currently, there is a high demand both in Germany an internationally for graduates who combine sound technological skills with an expertise in the Humanities.

How? The consecutive degree programme covers 2 years of course work and is offered as a core study programme without any obligatory minor subjects. It starts with an orientation phase (1-2 semesters) in which students obtain missing foundational skills in either Computational Science or the Humanities (depending on their prior degree). After that, students attend courses on core topics in the Digital Humanities. These are complemented by optional classes on relevant topics in Computational Sciences or a humanities subject. The programme includes an obligatory practical component.

Where? Being Germany's oldest city, Trier, is an ideal place for studying Digital Humanities. It sports several impressive cultural heritages sites, museums and archives, which vouch for its important role in history. Trier's Roman remains were made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1986. Several further world heritage sites can be found in the region. The University of Trier has a strong focus on the Humanities but also expertise in Computer Science and Computational Linguistics. Furthermore, the University hosts one of the oldest Digital Humanities Centers in Germany: the Trier Center for Digital Humanities.

By whom? The programme is offered by the Institute for Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities in cooperation with the Trier Center for Digital Humanities. Computational Sciences and several Humanities Departments (German Studies, English Studies, Phonetics and History of Art) contribute significantly to the course programme. In addition, we cooperate with research institutes in Germany, the Greater Region, and abroad, and have close contacts with cultural heritage institutes in Trier and beyond.

How much? There are no tuition fees for this programme. Students only pay a small administrative fee per semester, including a public transport ticket. Information on living expenses and funding opportunities is provided here. Students aiming at obtaining additional scholarships usually need to apply for funding before enrolling in the Master's programme in order to meet supporters' general requirements of a 4-term study period for most scholarship programmes. Further information on stipends can be found here.