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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informations­wissen­schaft

Information on the MA Digital Curation

NOTE: The program has been canceled and will not continue. There will be no more intakes.



The MA Digital Curation is a two-year joint programme between King's College London (KCL) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). Students spend one year on site at each school, commencing with the first year at HU, and moving on to KCL for the second year. Graduates will gain a joint degree awarded by both schools.

Also see our flyer for an overview of the programme.


Goals and Career Prospects

The goal of the programme is to equip students with the core skills that they need to work in the fields of digital curation and digital long term archiving, as well as to shape both fields actively.

These skills entail a broad range of topics and methods from information science, library science, and archival science, including technologies for curating, managing, storing, and preserving digital content, but also legal aspects and administrative skills.

The programme addresses the theoretical and practical aspects that will qualify graduates to manage and curate the digital information of a range of organizations, including media, publishing, archives, libraries and museums. It also specifically trains students to work in scholarly contexts within the field.


Structure and Courses

The MA includes six mandatory courses at HU, and three optional courses as well as the final thesis/dissertation at KCL. The total credit value is 120 ECTS (240 UK equivalent).


Year 1 at HU

Mandatory Courses in the academic year 2017/18 (10 ECTS each)

Module 1 - Digital Preservation Technologies

Module 2 - Information Ethics and Legal Aspects

Module 3 - Research Methods

Module 4 - Long Term Digital Archiving

Module 5 - Digital Information Infrastructure

Module 6 - Communication and Knowledge Management


PROSPECTIVE NEW SCHEDULE for the academic year 2019/20 (10 ECTS each)

Module 1 - Digital Preservation Technologies

Module 2 - Research Methods

Module 3 - Research Integrity

Module 4 - Digital Curation

Module 5 - Knowledge Discovery in Databases

Module 6 - Legal Aspects in Information Science


Year 2 at KCL

Optional Courses (10 ECTS each)

Students choose three optional courses from the range that KCL offers.

Final Thesis/Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Students write their final thesis/dissertation based on KCL's requirements and regulations.


Entry Requirements, Application, Fees

The application and admissions procedures are handled by KCL. Prospective students may find all current details in KCL's Online Prospectus, including information on

  • the programme entry requirements,
  • how to apply, and
  • the current fees.



Enrollment is possible once a year in time to begin the Berlin winter semester in October. Candidates enroll at both schools for both years.

Please note that your stay in Germany requires some preparation and time management. Read all about what you need to do on our page Preparing your stay in Germany.

Candidates must submit a range of documents to enrol at HU. It is crucial that this set be complete. View the list on our page What you must submit for enrollment at HU. We collect the papers at the mandatory group meeting on 20 September 2017 at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (Dorotheenstraße 26, 10117 Berlin).


Also see KCL's website on the MA Digital Curation.



Contacts at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


For additional information contact

Melanie Rügenhagen (M.A.)

Programme Coordinator


+49 (0)30 2093 46196


Prof. Michael Seadle, PhD

Programme Leader


+49 (0)30 2093 4248


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Philosophische Fakultät I

Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft

Dorotheenstr. 26, 10117 Berlin

Mail: Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Contact at King's College London


Kristen Schuster

Coordinator MA Digital Curation

Lecturer in Digital Curation (PhD)



Department of Digital Humanities

King's College London

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

S3.26, Strand

London, WC2R 2LS