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Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MDHPU
  • Post Nominal MDigHumtPC
  • CRICOS code 108314G
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MDHPU
  • Post Nominal MDigHumtPC
  • CRICOS code 108314G
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture requires the completion of 48 units, of which a minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses.

The 48 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of Research Training and Experience courses from the following list:

HUMN8029 Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Issues and Debates

HUMN8031 Digital Humanities and Public Culture Research Project

24 units from completion of Discipline Focus courses from the following list:

ARTH8025 Curatorial Project

COMP6720 Art and Interaction in Computing

COMP6780   Web Development and Design

DESN6001   Digital Form and Fabrication

DESN6002   Foundations of Creative Code

DESN6003   Creative Data Visualisation: Representing Data in Visual and Material Form

DESN6004   Dynamic Design and Generative Systems

DESN6006   Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience

GEND6501   Posthuman bodies

HUMN6001   Introduction to Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Tools, Theories and Methods

HUMN6003   Digital Humanities and Public Culture: Projects and Engagement

HUMN8036   Restitution and the archive? Using Archives and Special Collections

HUMN8039 Indigenous Heritage Management and Debates in Digital Heritage

MUSI6009   Music and Digital Media

SOCR8006   Online Research Methods

SOCR8008   Qualitative Data Collection

SOCY6066   Social Science of the Internet

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent AND a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4/7
  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 AND a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Cognate Disciplines: Computer Science, Media and Communications, Information and Library Science, Media Arts, Science Communication, Web Design, Curatorship, Publishing, English, Modern Languages, Music.

Ranking and English Language Proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

  • a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
  • demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications: Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture enables students to develop high level skills in digital literacy and applied humanities. A flexible structure allows students to learn emerging digital research methods, advanced critical thinking and data analysis. Students gain an understanding of how academic research is applied in broader society and are supported to develop communication skills across traditional and digital platforms aimed at both the academic and public spheres. Students will collaborate with researchers from across the ANU, and have the opportunity to engage with the national cultural institutions, the public and government sector, and international organisations in Canberra.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. apply theoretical and methodological frameworks and research techniques critically in order to understand the key issues raised by the digital humanities and public humanities, and by the use of information technologies in the arts and social sciences more generally;
  2. demonstrate effective communication and independent conceptual thinking and research skills relevant to the field;
  3. develop a strong and critical understanding of interdisciplinary methodologies and theoretical debates and an ability to apply these in professional contexts;
  4. demonstrate a critical understanding of, and engagement with, the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary practices in digital and public humanities in Australia and internationally; and
  5. develop practical skills in areas such as writing and digital communication for diverse contexts, humanities computing, and information literacy. 
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