The Certificate in Humanities Computing for Languages (CHUCOL) provides students in the Faculty with an opportunity to extend their understanding of computing in general and, more specifically, the rapidly evolving field of Digital Humanities. Students on the course acquire valuable transferable skills whilst also engaging with the intellectual aspects of the changing role of technology in literary and linguistics studies, academia and society as a whole. By the end of the course students can expect to have a content-rich online presence and the necessary skills to independently continue its development. CHUCOL assumes your other academic interests will inform your work throughout its duration, and the Certificate’s most successful students are those who best demonstrate the ability to combine good practice in computing with appropriately high linguistic and literary understanding.

Applications from first-year PhD students are particularly welcome as gaining the skills to most effectively and efficiently apply technology to your studies at an early stage is invaluable. Staff acquire the confidence with technology to ably develop and deploy digital technologies in their teaching and research. Undergraduates who take the course gain valuable transferable skills and an online showcase to illustrate them to any future employer.   CHUCOL is primarily concerned with teaching concepts rather than specific packages so that the skills acquired throughout the course can be applied to a variety of teaching and research scenarios.



Questions about the course are welcome, and should be addressed to the CHUCOL team either in person in Room 136/7 of the Raised Faculty Building or by email to chucol@mml.cam.ac.uk.

Application Form

The application form, together with some covering notes, is available for download below. If you have problems printing out this file (there are three pages including the covering notes), printed copies are also available from the Faculty Office.

Application form in Rich Text Format


You are expected to complete the work set week by week. As noted above, failure to do so results in a mounting backlog which becomes increasingly difficult to manage. Beyond the work to done week by week, there are two crucial submission deadlines which are non-negotiable:

  • Project 1: First Wednesday of full Lent Term
  • Project 2: First Wednesday of full Easter Term

It pays to plan your workload carefully, well in advance, and to discuss problems as soon as they arise.

Lecture Timetable

  • Lecture: Wednesday 4-5pm
  • Practicals: Most of the practical work associated with the course can be completed independently, but occasionally we run supporting practical workshops where necessary and these are generally scheduled for Thursdays 4-5 or at other times by agreement.

All classes take place in the CALL Facility unless you are informed otherwise.

Computing Facilities

The CALL Facility and its Managed Cluster Service computers are at your disposal for practical and course work. Access to software and hardware not routinely available in the CALL Facility may be arranged with the CALL Support Team.


Your feedback on the course content and delivery will be much appreciated. As well as completing any formal questionnaires which you are sent, please feel free to offer constructive criticism and positive suggestions at any stage. You are helping to shape what could turn out to be an important course for future MML students.

Course Help and Administration

If you have any questions about the course at any stage, please contact Mel Leggatt (email: chucol@mml.cam.ac.uk; tel: (3)35033; office 136/7 on the first floor of the south wing of the RFB). Questions are always welcome!