Continuing Education Program 'Digital Humanities'

Essential information about the offer

The humanities increasingly rely on digital research methods. But what does that actually mean? And how does it work in the humanities?

In addition to an increasing number of new methods, the digital humanities has emerged as an independent field of study that uses digital tools to analyse diverse subject matter, but also reflects on the function and value of these new methods for the humanities.

The continuing education program “Digitality and digital methods in the humanities” introduces the basic features of research with digital methods through a three-column based program. The acquisition of additional digital knowledge and skills is beneficial for a career in academia and in non-university professions.

There are two different options in this continuing education offer. After acquiring a basic knowledge of methods and tools in Column 1 ‘Methods and knowledge’ students can choose either Column 2 A ‘Reflecting on digitality in the humanities’ or Column 2 B ‘Programming and development.’ The third and final column is designed as an independent project, which can be a scientific paper or a project internship (Column 3 – ‘Graduation’).

Successful completion of the course leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). The certificate is recognized throughout Europe with the acquisition of ECTS.

The offer is composed of interdisciplinary courses at the University of Heidelberg. These courses have been collected under the umbrella of the continuing education program and structured in the outlined research field columns, each with assigned topics. Due to the diversity of the research field, the program offers broadest possible range of thematically organized modules. Due to this potentially broad orientation and its interdisciplinary connectivity, the program is designed to be flexible. It should therefore be able to keep up with the dynamic field of the DH with changing seminar and course offerings.

The continuous education program is aimed at students of all subjects though especially to graduate students in the humanities at Master’s level and above. The certificate can be obtained while studying and is free of charge. Depending on the courses offered and the enrolment, it is designed to take two to four semesters. The program can also be taken by PhD students or employees of Heidelberg University who have a relevant university degree and whose professional experience can be linked to the subject matter of CAS.

The continuing education program is under the purview of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), which organizes and administers the program in cooperation with the Heidelberg Forum Digital Humanities (HFDH).

The continuing education program is a pilot project starting in the winter semester of 2021/2022 and strives to meet the existing demand for a concentrated acquisition of skills in the field of digital humanities.

Struktur des CAS DH

The central column is dedicated to the ‘methods and tool literacy.’ Accordingly, the basic module will include courses on the topic of methods in the DH in the context of different subjects. The advanced module allows a more specialized focus on the respective areas of interest in the work with texts, images, and objects.

If you choose option 2A, you lay your focus on the theme ‘Reflecting on digitality in the humanities. Here, the focus will be on questions of application-related competencies around self organization, the interdisciplinary reference of the digital humanities, the aspects of digitality for research and the handling of data. Depending on the courses offered, topics on central aspects of DH such as data literacy, data management, the field of information and media literacy, or OpenScience are covered. The advanced module will deal with more in-depth questions about digitality in the humanities.

If you choose option 2B, you lay your focus on the theme ‘Programming and development.’ Basic knowledge in one or more key programming languages will be acquired. It allows students to learn the first basic concepts to writing their own programming code and to work with databases, depending on the offered courses. The advanced module will deal with more in-depth knowledge in one or more programming languages.

Both columns of CAS are of equal value and allow for a stronger focus on programming issues or theoretical and science-related discourses.

The conclusion of both columns will be a practical module, in which one must choose between a final thesis and an internship.

You must acquire a total of 20 LP for the CAS.

The CAS - an interdisciplinary project

The CAS was developed by the ‘Heidelberg Forum Digital Humanities’ (HFDH) together with a variety of lecturers from several disciplines.

Important partners of CAS:

  1. Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS).
  2. Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH)
  3. Heidelberg School of Education (HSE)
  4. Institute of Geography - Geoinformatics
  5. German Seminar - Linguistics
  6. heiSKILLS - Department of Teaching & Learning
  7. Interdisciplinary forum of digital text sciences (InfoDiTex)
  8. Institute of computer science
  9. Institute for translation and interpreting (IÜD)
  10. Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
  11. Scientific Software Center (SSC)
  12. Slavic Institute - Linguistics
  13. Heidelberg University Library
  14. Center for Ancient Studies - Institute for Prehistory and Early History and Near Eastern Archaeology
  15. Center for Ancient Studies - Institute for Papyrology
  16. Center for european history and cultural studies - institute for religious studies
  17. OpenHPI
  18. KI-Campus


For further information on the continuing study program, please contact:

Dr. Florian Nieser

For questions regarding registration for the continuous study program, please contact:

Dr. Takuma Melber