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Interdisciplinary Taught Courses

As well as our wide-ranging postgraduate courses in Literary Studies we contribute to interdisciplinary postgraduate qualifications. These give English students the opportunity to apply their skills in relation to other subjects, and in ways that may have transferrable benefits to future careers. Current interdisciplinary courses linked to English are:

  • Master of Data Science (MDS) Digital Humanities
  • MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Also forthcoming from 2023 will be:

  • MA, Diploma, or Certificate in the Medical Humanities (in person and online)

Master of Data Science (MDS) Digital Humanities

Durham’s Master of Data Science (MDS) in Digital Humanities is an innovative programme expressly designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Arts and Humanities subjects such as English Studies. It will enable you to develop the quantitative and computational skills that are increasingly demanded by employers and ever more necessary to be an informed and engaged citizen and researcher in the world today.  

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The course does not presuppose any mathematical background or prior familiarity with computer programming.  As part of the MDS core, you will learn programming (in Python) from scratch via modules in the Computer Science department.  You will also take modules on statistical modelling in the Maths department, where advanced topics include machine learning, AI and neural networks.   You will then learn to apply these skills to a broad range of cultural data, including literature, in the core module for the Digital Humanities stream of MDS.  

Available elective modules may include Qualitative Approaches to Digital Humanities, which is taught in our Department of English Studies. 

MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The taught MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a highly diverse, interdisciplinary programme associated with the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS). It covers a wide and exciting range of topics from Late Antiquity to the late eighteenth century, with a global range from the Silk Road to the Viking North.

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Students can participate in a multifaceted approach to the period 300AD-1800 and its legacy, with workshops, seminars, and other activities ranging from fieldwork to research-led performance practice. 

Students can join the Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, in which English Studies postgraduates have traditionally been very involved.