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Information for Students

Aim of the certificate

Digital skills are now also among the key qualifications for graduates in the humanities, both for an academic career and for the non-academic job market. The certificate Digital Humanities enables students of the departments 01, 02, 08, 09 and 10 of the University of Münster to build up practical skills in the field of Digital Humanities.


The certificate provides proof that you have continuously familiarized yourself with central fields of Digital Humanities. In addition to basic knowledge of information technology, the certificate provides competencies in the practical use of methods in the Digital Humanities. You will learn at least one programming language and its practical applications in the Digital Humanities. In doing so, you will develop an understanding of the requirements, possibilities and challenges of digital data processing in the Humanities and learn to transcend disciplinary boundaries in interdisciplinary exchange.

Admission and organization

Prerequisite is that you are enrolled in a degree program at the University of Münster. Please contact the coordinator Prof. Dr. Angelika Lohwasser by email to get on the list of students. Since this is not an accredited study program but a certificate, the achievements will be recorded in an analogous study book. Please discuss the planned courses with the coordinator in advance, and then arrange the entries and certificates of achievement individually with the respective instructors. The completion of the certificate is confirmed by the coordinator.

Course of study

Module 1 Information Technology (IT) 8-12 credits
Module 2 Digital Humanities (DH) 13-17 credits
Module 3 Profiling & Practice 5 credits

Total: 30 credidts

  • Module 1: Information Technology (IT)

    Content and Objectives:

    The aim of the module is to acquire basic competencies in the field of information technology or electronic data processing. In addition to building up basic knowledge of IT, the focus is on learning at least one programming language.
    LP: 8-12


    Students will participate in several courses from the University of Münster IT offerings. In consultation with the certificate coordinator, credit may be given for services provided by other institutions.


    Learning at least one programming language in a course is part of the module's mandatory program, e.g. programming with Python. Additional courses can be chosen from the areas of research data management, databases, e.g. MySQL, statistics, e.g. data analysis with SPSS Statistics, visualization, e.g. vector-based illustration, or digital publishing, e.g. with LateX.

    Module-related prerequisites for participation: none

  • Module 2: Digital Humanities (DH)

    Content and Objectives:

    The aim of the module is to acquire basic competencies in the field of Digital Humanities (DH). Students will learn different methods of DH in a practical way.
    Credits: 13-17


    Students participate in several courses from the range of courses offered by the participating faculties. In consultation with the certificate coordinator, credit for other achievements is possible, such as participation in relevant summer schools or block courses at other universities.


    Students choose several courses that cover at least two areas from the thematic and methodological spectrum of DH research and teaching at the University of Münster: Text and Language, e.g. digital editions according to the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), Space and Time, e.g. dealing with Geographic or Spatial Information Systems (GIS or RIS), Image and Object, e.g. 3D scans, prints and simulations, Semantic Web, e.g. Linked Open Data, or Digitization and Society.

    Module-related prerequisites for participation: none

  • Module 3: Profiling & Practice

    Content and Objectives:

    In this module, students build a profile by acquiring practice-based competencies in an individualized way. They choose a manageable student project that builds on a course they have attended or is linked to a research project based at the University of Münster. Independent conceptualization and editing trains the student's ability to successfully complete a project in the DH field. Critical examination of the results, which must be evaluated in light of the methodology used, is also desired.
    Credits: 5


    A student project.
    The student project is supervised by the person responsible for the student's field of study, supported by the SCDH.


    The student project can grow out of a research project in the field of study or build on modules 1 or 2, respectively, or be designed along the lines of a qualifying thesis in the field of study.

    Module-related prerequisites for participation: Knowledge of at least one programming language as well as basics in DH

Introductory literature

A selection of literature that will give you a first insight into the Digital Humanities can be found under methods and tools.