Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Arts and Humanities (Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Arts and Humanities)

University College Cork (PDDAH)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Digital Humanities

General Information

Lorna Moloney





Adult Continuing Education,
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,



UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

This course produces digitally-literate, interdisciplinary graduates with strong collaborative skills suited to filling a variety of roles in the knowledge economy. It provides a firm grounding in how to capture, read and write sources across a range of digital tools.

The course introduces learners to ways of managing learning digitally, using digital tools to collaborate and understanding how interdisciplinary work is important in tackling complex real-world problems. Modules address the problem of capturing complex real-world sources in standard digital formats, before analysing and interpreting results, as well as presenting findings in publicly accessible formats. It locates these technical skills in the context of practical collaboration and teamwork, built into student centred, research based learning and assessment which requires engagement both face to face and online, effectively using social media tools, and provides a solid theoretical framework in contemporary debates about our rich tapestry of history, heritage, culture, arts and media. Capturing these in digital forms for analysis and creation of new transmedia narratives is regarded as an increasingly important transferable skill across all sectors – businesses need people who can tell compelling stories.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold an honours (NFQ level 8) primary degree with 2.2H (or equivalent) in any discipline.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no individual section lower than 5.5) or TOEFL equivalent. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

Students intending to take this course will need to be proficient users of common wordprocessing software, and of basic internet tools, have a basic grasp of spreadsheet and database software, and be willing, and keen to develop advanced user skills in those areas, and explore new technologies.

Students must submit a supplementary statement (c 750 words) indicating their potential research interests in the field, and how they envisage the use of digital tools might contribute to their research interests. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to interview.

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain: 1 Admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements. 2 Exemptions from some part of the programme. The RPL process for UCC Springboard students shall focus on the prior achievement of relevant learning outcomes by the student. Exemptions shall normally be given on a module-by-module basis, vis-a-vis the student having already achieved the learning outcomes. Exemptions will not normally be approved for more than 15% of the programme.

Long Description

Students will complete 60 credits as follows:
- Digital Humanities Institute: Opportunity for intensive investigation on special topics
- Getting Started with Graduate Research: Introduction to research formulation, philosophy, ethics, management & skills
- Communities of Practice in Digital Scholarship: Explore & evaluate emerging digital communities and collaborations
- Conceptual Intro to Digital Arts and Humanities: Understand conceptual bases of digital research in Arts and Humanities
- Digital Humanities & New Technologies: Tools/Methodologies: Evaluation of tools & methods of Digital Humanities
- Teaching and Learning in Digital Humanities : Tools, pedagogies & debates relating to teaching in humanities in digital era
- Models, Simulations and Games: History, theory & practice of using models, simulations and games
- Digital Skills for Postgrads in the Humanities: Critical & technical skills necessary to analyse, interpret, and publish
- Contemporary Practices in Publishing and Editing : Skills necessary to create, edit, and publish materials from the Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduates from this programme will have developed skills in autonomous, lifelong learning and problem solving which will equip them to pursue careers which require applying digital skills in a range of fields. Emphasis is placed on equipping learners with the skills necessary to keep up to date on the changing landscape at the interface of society and technology.

Past graduates of the Digital Humanities postgraduate programmes are now employed in roles such as Technical Writer, Content Creator, Instructional Designer, Information Officer, Journalist in organisations including Technically Write IT, the Cork Folklore Project,, RTE, Johnson Controls, European Space Agency, the Office of Public Works, and the Irish Examiner.

***Please note that places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. This course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled early.***

Why Choose This Course

This programme links traditional humanities problems with practical digital skills and tools, requiring students to devise research questions which apply digital tools to arts and humanities issues. Programme Learning Outcomes include, as well as theoretical material which explores the nature of contemporary digital culture, technical and soft skills related outlines such as “Demonstrate ability to use digital tools ... to capture and analyse source materials;” “Participate in collaborative scholarly communities using digital tools," and "Plan and conduct research." These are carried down to module level activities in which students use industry standard technologies to create and study digital research collections.

Modules on Tools and Methodology explore data analytics, datamining, data and information visualisation informing those being called upon to fulfil roles as diverse as data scientist to data-driven journalism. Through practical and theoretical discussion technical aspects of cloud computing, web development, cybersecurity and mobile applications are contextualised within a digitally mediated world exploring the human-machine dimension.

Modules on databases, gaming and digital pedagogy require students to analyse problems and deliver design solutions showing how digital tools can be used to solve problems in those areas. Students in the course produce online international digital editions of primary sources, of poetry and prose, making websites and digital art projects (maps, texts, audio, video and models), converting complex archival sources to digital forms and writing and shooting digital film among others.

All of these skills (many of which were classed as skills shortages in the EGFSN's Labour Force Survey 2018) will help to prepare graduates to fill a variety of roles either within the ICT sector, or across other sectors where ICT skills are in demand.

Career Opportunities

A dedicated UCC EMPLOYABILITY AND WORK PLACEMENT COACH will work with the students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with the development of their job readiness and their transition into employment. The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the 3 categories of eligible applicants for the 2020 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment. Main activities will include:

1. ONE-TO-ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
* Where they are now in their careers;
* Where they want to be;
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2020 applicants.

2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness (4 workshops): Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
* Moving forward into a job (4 workshops): Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and Implementing career plans.
* Small Group Workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.

3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
* Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
*Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies.
*Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Timetable Info

24 weeks of part-time classes Sept-April

Delivery Location

UCC & Online

Delivery Notes

* Given the current public health advice around social distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney




RPL Information

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements.

Application Procedures

Apply online at

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application:

* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications

* Current CV

* References where applicable

* Application Statement (In 500 words or less, please state why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements).

* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.


No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €450. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

**Please note that this course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled**