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MA Digital Information and Asset Management (2013 entry)

King's College London and Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Strand Campus in London; Institut fr Bibliotheks - und Informationswissenschaft in Berlin.

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
Core programme content

Compulsory Modules (Humboldt University)
Digital Preservation Technologies
Information Ethics and Legal Aspects
Research Methods
Digital Preservation
Digital Libraries
Knowledge Representation.

Compulsory Modules (King's College London)
Digital Asset Management Systems and Architectures
Metadata in Theory and Practice.

Optional Modules (King's College London)
Digital Publishing
Crowds and Clouds-Digital Ecosystems of Information
Management for Digital Content Industries
Advanced Text Technologies
Structured Data
Material Culture of the book: digital models
Material Culture of Art History and Archaeology
Digital Visualization
Digital Asset Management in the workplace.

Lectures on theoretical topics; demonstrations; practical classes and exercises.
Training Fee
FT Home/EU: £7900 (2013), FT Overseas: £16250 (2013). Please see for information on the available funding opportunities and deadlines.
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
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Closing date for applications: 31 August 2013. Please note that applicants wishing to apply for funding (e.g. AHRC) must submit their application by the relevant funding deadline, which is usually early in the year.

The programme provides an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and practical training to equip students to create, curate, and manage the digital information and media assets of organisations across the public and private sectors. Students develop core understanding and competencies focused on international best practice and skills to deal with the challenges of digital information and knowledge management.

The aim of the MA in Digital Information and Asset Management is to prepare students for management and leadership roles in libraries, archives, museums and other organisations with significant volumes of digital information and knowledge. The programme responds to the increasing demand for digitally literate professionals to work in education and heritage institutions as well as wider industry by equipping students with a range of strategic, technical and practical skills to provide direction and leadership in this area.


Digital content and digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital data, information and knowledge are an asset for cultural heritage, memory institutions, industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law and medicine. As individuals we increasingly communicate and record our lives and our memories in digital form. But digital information is fragile and complex and requires ongoing management as we seek to ensure its longevity, imagine and innovate in its use, and exploit its social, cultural and commercial value. It is a shared once-in-a-generation challenge.

This programme will provide students with the core skills, knowledge and competencies to become leaders in the rapidly expanding field of managing digital information and media assets. Students will study a wide range of subjects including metadata, preservation, knowledge representation, digital libraries, ethics and rights management, new digital technologies, including cloud and crowd-sourcing technologies. Students will also have an opportunity to undertake an internship to gain workplace experience. We want students to acquire a great deal of practical knowledge, but even more we want them to develop their critical and reflective capacities, and to acquire an understanding of the inter-dependence between the developments in digital processes, technology and curatorial practice.

Students will spend a year each in two of Europe’s most vibrant cities: Berlin and London. Throughout the course, students will be provided with opportunities to engage with the rich cultural heritage of both cities with guest speakers and visits to memory and cultural institutions such as the British Library, the Southbank Centre, and the Berlin State Library experiencing all that studying in Berlin and London can offer.

Reasons you should consider the MA in Digital Information and Asset Management are:

You will receive an outstanding education that will equip you to become a leader in the field of digital asset and information management.
Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in managing these valuable digital assets.
You will study in two of Europe’s most exciting cities and be provided with opportunities to engage with cultural and creative sectors in both cities.

Course is 2 years, full time. Students spend four semesters over the course of two years on the programme: two consecutive semesters at Humboldt and two semesters at King's, beginning the programme at Humboldt in all cases.
All teaching will be in English but to gain the most from the time in Berlin, conversational German is strongly recommended.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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