Interdisciplinary crossroad of opportunities
As data proliferate and play an ever-growing role in our life decisions, the division between engineers who design algorithms and social science experts who interpret those data cannot hold anymore. The content industry via media, entertainment and culture, together with the public make an extensive use of Big Data and Machine Learning techniques. The Master of Science in Digital Humanities offers a program of excellence in both the Data Science and Humanities fields that brings graduates to positions of responsibility in the new rich content systems of information.
Metamedia Center’s iPad app at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2014, © Alain Herzog / EPFL
The program offers a high level qualification in Data Science as well as in Humanities and Social Sciences, on a theoretical but also on an operational level in order to manage all the steps in the chain of rich data processing. This encompasses the creation of data-harvesting processes, the choice and design of algorithms, the maintenance of databases and archives, the design of user experience, and the interpretation to propose.
Admission to the Master will be on a case-by-case basis. Students will be evaluated based on their academic curricula, which must include knowledge of statistics and advanced programming skills, and a demonstrable interest in the broader field of humanities and social sciences.
In this growing field, many opportunities in cultural institutions in Switzerland and abroad are available. A graduate of the Master of Science MSc in Digital Humanities will be an asset in institutions like BnF Biblissima, Harvard Library, the Swiss National Library, national and international museums and the archives of International Organisations.
Moreover, the graduates will have access to jobs in companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, and will have opportunities to work in companies like Nespresso, Cisco, or for radio and television networks.
“There is a need to merge technical expertise with humanities. Everywhere there is a pattern to be discovered.” Jutta Kaht, Secquaero (CH)
You will find the complete curriculum, a list and description of courses, and other detailed info on the programme‘s specific pages.
Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as details of the study plan may be subject to change.