MA Public Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities at Sheffield isn’t just about academic excellence. We want to get ideas and discoveries out into the world, where they can enrich people’s lives.

We're working on a project with Sheffield's Showroom Cinema to explore how additional film content, eg interviews with directors, descriptions of a film’s historical and social context, can be delivered to cinema-goers via their mobile phones. This project hopes to enable the cinema industry to generate additional revenue from the content using mobile micro payments.

Mike Pidd, Digital Manager Humanities Research Institute

About the course

Course description 2017

The MA combines hands-on training in project management, cultural heritage and digital technologies in a unique and professional approach. The work placement module operates on a ‘client’ basis – giving you the opportunity to gain practical real-world experience in a supportive environment.

You get to design and undertake your own projects, which may draw on your existing specialist subjects or explore new areas. You’ll select pathway modules, which are core for the course and combine these with modules taught by staff from across the Faculty in their areas of expertise.

Experts from the HRI and staff with practical experience in public engagement and cultural heritage will open your mind to the full potential of digital technology and theoretical and practical elements of public humanities.

Core modules are designed to simulate real-life projects and you’ll hone your project management skills on work placement with an appropriate organisation in Sheffield.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities student


The list includes:

  • Introduction to Public Humanities
  • Public Engagement or Digital Humanities in Practice
  • Introduction and Advanced Digital Humanities
  • Understanding Public Engagement
  • Heritage, History and Identity
  • Heritage, Place and Community
  • Modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Core modules

Students choose one or two core pathway modules from Digital Humanities, Public Engagement and Cultural Heritage.

Other core modules are Introduction to Public Humanities; Heritage, History and Identity; Heritage, Place and Identity; one appropriate linked project module and the dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

You can choose from a range of approved modules in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Teaching and assessment

The course includes project work, blogs, workshops, event management, a client-centred work placement, practical seminars and relevant tutorials. The dissertation enhances and demonstrates your independent study skills. You’ll be assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in an appropriate subject. To talk about your qualifications, call us or send us an email:

T: +44 (0)114 222 9707

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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MA applicants: select 'Interdisciplinary Faculty Programmes' as the faculty on the postgraduate online application form.

Postgraduate diploma/certificate applicants: select 'Faculty of Arts and Humanities' as the faculty on the postgraduate online application form.

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

For information about funding opportunities for postgraduate study, please contact us.

Bob Shoemaker

Digital humanities is fun and rewarding because you can reach such a wide audience by making quality resources available on the internet. I love learning about the unanticipated ways in which users engage with our websites, both in academic research and in the creative sector.

In the last decade I have co-directed several projects, notably the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, London Lives, Connected Histories, and Locating London’s Past. My experience in developing these projects feeds directly into the modules I teach.

Professor Bob Shoemaker, Department of History

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

MA applicants should select 'Interdisciplinary Faculty Programmes' as the faculty on the form.

Postgraduate diploma/certificate applicants should select 'Faculty of Arts and Humanities' as the faculty on form.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Ida Kemp
T: +44 (0)114 222 9707

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.