Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand.
This Masters gives you the skills and knowledge to engage with the information society as a leader, innovator and entrepreneurial manager.
You’ll learn to understand and integrate contemporary theory while exploring the latest trends. Taught by our leading academics and business practitioners, you’ll be shown how to select and use cutting-edge tools and techniques to solve complex business challenges, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through live case studies and projects.
You’ll benefit from interaction with leading UK and European businesses through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops, all of which help you prepare for the challenges of a fast-changing sector.
This Masters is supported by an advisory board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses including IBM, Ericsson, Lloyds Banking Group and Thales Group. They advise on content, deliver guest lectures, provide dissertation projects and offer site visits. You’ll benefit from a curriculum developed in collaboration with these partners, which allows us to focus our teaching on the skills most relevant to the workplace.
Teaching on the MSc is informed by leading scholars from the AIMTech Research Centre at Leeds University Business School, one of Europe’s most influential research centres in Information Systems and Information Management.
The centre has a tradition of cutting-edge research subjects, including how ICT drives organisations, information sharing in disasters, ICT in developing countries (ICT4D) and the design and evaluation of mobile information systems.
Core modules will develop your understanding of research design and introduce you to systems thinking. This will prepare you to study the concepts and perspectives of the design and build of information systems, and you’ll also learn more about entrepreneurship.
You’ll explore approaches and techniques in strategic management, as well as applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios to develop professional skills. At the same time you’ll examine the importance of information management as a core business activity and how it is put to use in different organisations.
You’ll also examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science, and broaden your knowledge by studying innovation in the context of operations management and information systems.
By the end of the course, you’ll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to organisations.
You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.
We use a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.
Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
This Masters prepares you for a range of careers related to information management. Graduates can consider a management position in information systems, information management, senior IT or business analysis roles, or may pursue a dynamic career as a technology innovator or leader.
The emergence of social media, wireless communications, the cloud, big data and mobile technologies are all creating challenges for managers and organisations. Alongside accelerating information flows, complexity and volume, the skills to manage and drive opportunity through this information are now vital for most organisations.
The skills to meet this need are scarce, particularly amongst managers. As a result, many organisations struggle with this area of business and demand for professionals with these skills is strong as a result. This course is designed to meet the expectations of both leading organisations and individuals who wish to pursue a career in information systems and information management.
Links with industry
Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
The MSc in Information Science is an ideal career development programme for librarians, archivists and other information professionals who wish to update their management skills and experience in the use of information technology, the internet and digital media, or for those from a computer-oriented background who wish to specialise in information fields.
The programme includes both practical and theoretical work through which students develop a deeper understanding of not just the technologies themselves but also the implications of applying and managing these technologies in varied information environments. The wide range of optional modules allows students to tailor the programme to fit their individual career specialisms and needs.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study over 2-5 years, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate - any four of the modules available (60 credits), full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years - is offered but does not carry CILIP accreditation.
Optional modules (indicative list)
The list above only indicates commonly chosen options. In principle, students may apply to take any module offered within the department, or in other departments, with the tutors' permission.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project on a specific aspect of information technology and its application, which culminates in a dissertation of c. 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer laboratory practicals and classroom practicals, with a strong emphasis on informal teaching, discussion, and the acquisition of practical skills. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, examination, and practical projects such as website design and data modelling.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Information Science MSc
The MSc in Information Science prepares students for management roles in the information industries with an emphasis on technology, for example: information systems manager, systems librarian, web manager, information architect, knowledge manager, data manager, or indeed any information management role. Our graduates find work all over the world with electronic systems for managing, retrieving, distributing and archiving information.
Recent career destinations for this degree
This programme challenges students to think more deeply about the implications of using information technology of all kinds in the workplace, and to consider better ways of designing, specifying, implementing and managing systems in order to promote organisational success. Understanding these issues and having the skills to develop and manage practical solutions equips our students to succeed individually and to help their organisations succeed. Our students achieve a high employability rate on graduating, and rise in organisations as their skills are recognised. Many past students now occupy senior positions in the information world in government, commerce, industry and academia.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL Information Studies combines the best of traditional library and archive studies with the latest developments in internet technologies and electronic communication and publishing.
It brings together an outstanding team of researchers, teachers, students, practitioners and information industry leaders to help you understand, develop and shape the emerging information environment while elucidating and building on the historical developments that have created it.
Students benefit from UCL's central London location, close to many major libraries and repositories and information centres, including the British Library and many specialist collections, giving ready access to an unsurpassed range of materials.
Both the MSc and PG Diploma programmes are recognised and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), for professional qualifications purposes.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Information Studies
68% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
This programme offers students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree advanced non-technical training in information management, with an emphasis on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). Following basic training in technology, the programme explores specific management issues in greater depth, particularly in order to develop the skills required to analyse information needs, design and manage information systems and fine-tune an IT strategy as an integral part of an overall business strategy.
The key focus is the preliminary design needed to develop and set up an information system. In completing your Master's thesis, you can apply these skills within a specific business context. Finally, a wide range of electives enables you to either explore specific areas in greater depth or gain a broader understanding through a multidisciplinary approach.
This programme presents a non-technical curriculum in information management. It focuses on the effective and efficient application and management of information technology in a business setting. First, a basic technological background is offered, after which the management aspects are elaborated in more detail. The programme aims at developing skills in analysing information needs, the modelling and management of information systems and the alignment of information technology strategy with business strategy. Hence, the main focus is on the early phases of the information system development cycle. By means of the master project, skills acquired throughout the programme are applied in a concrete business setting. Finally, the electives provide the opportunity to explore particular aspects in more depth or to broaden the scope by taking one or more multidisciplinary courses.
By the end of the programme, students will have acquired:
In the business world, there is a great demand for IT specialists with highly developed management skills. Our graduates are trained to gain leverage within a company through the strategic use of technology. The analysis and management of information, knowledge, processes and systems, in line with an overall business strategy, play a bridging role between computer science and business. Qualities such as strong communication skills, teamwork and group management are therefore more essential than mere technological expertise. Our graduates pursue careers as information analysts, project leaders and information technology strategists.