Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities


In the field of digital humanities, students learn to explore research questions using digital tools and methods, and develop a critical understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the digital world and our knowledge economy. They learn the technical skills and standards required to undertake digital projects using a variety of digital tools, translate complex information into accessible language, manage projects and collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Given the rate of change in this field, employers in a number of sectors are increasingly looking for employees who can provide ‘digital entrepreneurship’ and leadership. 

Arising in the 1980's, Digital Humanities responded to the ever more digital nature of scholarship and culture. It is a highly interdisciplinary subject as well as being strongly connected to the world outside academia, in particular the digital cultural heritage sector associated with galleries, art galleries, libraries and museums. This discipline creates and uses a wide variety of digital products, including websites, archives, databases, and mobile apps.

Features of the PGCertDigi

  • UC’s Digital Humanities team is well known in Australasia and have been conducting teaching and research since 2001. Staff and postgraduate students engage in a broad range of 'real-world' activities, ranging from text encoding, digital archiving, GIS mapping, data visualization and 'big data' analysis to blogging, tweeting and online publishing. 
  • The UC Digital Humanities team enjoys the support of a broad Consortium, including the National Library, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Christchurch City Libraries, Te Papa, NZ On Screen, the Canterbury Museum, the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and The Film Archive.
  • The CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive was created in 2011 and managed by the Digital Humanities team, involving the work of UC students. 
  • As well as enjoying academic strength in the digital humanities, UC is well known for its teaching and research in the history and philosophy of computing, high performance computing, and augmented reality.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

A Bachelor of Arts or a bachelor's degree plus relevant graduate diploma with grades to a specified level in the subject concerned is required for the PGCertDigi. For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

Students will complete 60 points from the Bachelor of Arts with Honours programme in Digital Humanities. Courses can be started in February or July. The PGCertDigi will usually be studied over one semester full-time or one year part-time. 

Subjects and courses

Of the three courses required to complete this qualification, two are compulsory and one is elective:

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Subject to the approval of the Dean of Arts, a student may transfer courses passed with a B grade or higher for the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Digital Humanities.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.

For general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For study planning help contact the College of Arts:

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Phone +64 3 364 2176
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