[Humanist] 23.468 PhD in Digital Humanities

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 468.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 14:44:14 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: PhD in Digital Humanities

PhD in Digital Humanities
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) at King's College London
offers a doctoral programme leading to the degree of PhD in Digital
Humanities. Typically the degree involves a joint arrangement between CCH
and another department in the School of Arts and Humanities at King's, on
occasion involving the School of Social Science and Public Policy. Some
students are also jointly in the Centre for Language, Discourse and
Communication (LDC), which is our cross-disciplinary home for linguistics.

The PhD degree may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. It involves
research only, with no required coursework and no qualifying examination.
Normally students are registered in the MPhil programme initially and after
9 months to a year (twice that for part-time students) convert to the PhD on
presentation of work judged to be at the doctoral level. The degree may take
a maximum of four years full-time, eight years part-time. Full-time
residence is not an absolute requirement.

Currently there are 10 students in the programme, 2 in joint programmes with
History, 1 with German, 1 Portuguese, 1 Byzantine and Modern Greek, 1
Computer Science, 1 LDC and 3 in CCH only. 3 of the 10 are part-time. 3 are
British, 5 are from elsewhere in the EU (Lithuania, Portugal, Greece, Czech
Republic, Italy), 1 from Norway, 1 from the US. All have enrolled within the
last three years.

In terms of traditional disciplinary focus, projects range from ancient and
early modern prosopography, the stylistics of Renaissance dramatic
literature and 17-19C social networking to the vocabulary of 19C political
speeches, translation of 20C American novels, phenomenology of self and the
structure of secondary literature in classics. These projects involve
relational database design, text-analysis (including stylometry), online
communications, computational linguistics, software modelling and hardware
design. In all cases dissertations must reflect critically on the effects
and implications of computing for the disciplines involved, and vice versa.
In most cases projects entail a major practical component.

For funding opportunities see www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/. Many
potential applicants find the problem of funding to be quite serious. You
are well advised to begin looking for sources quite early.

Application may be made at any time. The brief amount of time permitted for
the degree and its exclusive focus on research mean that admission is judged
mostly on the basis of a research proposal, which must persuade the
department that the applicant is capable and adequately prepared; that the
topic is worth pursuing; that the research can be brought to a satisfactory
conclusion within the permitted time; and that the proposed work can be
supported intellectually within King's. Application therefore usually begins
in pre-application, by iterating the proposal in consultation with the
department until it is judged fit. Admission also depends on previous
degrees, recommendations and a high degree of competence in written and
spoken English.

Enquiries may be made by writing to Professor Willard McCarty,
willard.mccarty at kcl.ac.uk.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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