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

University College Cork (PDDAH)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Diploma (Major Award)

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

Lorna Moloney





Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
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 in person and remotely, 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 as 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. Graduates are encouraged to see themselves as future leaders in the digital transformation of society.

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.

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 CAREER COACH will work with students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with:
• Selecting the most suitable course and transitioning into university;
• The development of their job readiness;
• Their ultimate transition into employment/furthering existing careers.
The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the eligible applicants for the 2021 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment.

The University will provide both online and one-to-one guidance and support to prospective and incoming students in relation to potential career options and outcomes for their course(s) of interest prior to registration. The dedicated Springboard Careers coach will assist individuals in selecting a course that is closely aligned with their own skills, strengths, and personal career goals and objectives.

In terms of job readiness training, 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+ 2021 applicants.
2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to compliment individual coaching sessions will be delivered focusing on positioning oneself for job readiness and moving forward into a job. Small group workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, and to 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. Past UCC Springboard students attended talks delivered by Voxpro, Biomarin, Cork Local Enterprise Office, among others.
• Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Students will be enrolled on an online 5 credit module entitled CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS. The objective of this module is to provide essential training in professional career management skills to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers – whether that involves returning to the workplace after a period of unemployment/absence, or changing role/company for those who are already in employment. Module Content will include:
• Assessing job readiness;
• Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives;
• Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats;
• Developing a career-management strategy and identifying career goals;
• Creative job-hunting both online and offline;
• Written applications, CVs and interview preparation;
• Implementing career plans.

Timetable Info

Two 12 week semesters of part-time classes

Delivery Notes

Blended: 40% online and 60% in-person

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney


Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,





Application Procedures

In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:

1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see for acceptable documentation for each category.

5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:
1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear.
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.


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.


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.

We envisage three rounds of offers for successful applicants on July 14th, July 28th and August 16th. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses.

Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.