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The MSc in Information Science is an ideal career development programme for information professionals who wish to update their management skills and experience in the use of information technology, web technology and digital media, or for those from a computer-oriented background who wish to specialise in information fields.

About this degree

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Systems Management
  • Internet Technologies
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • Fundamentals of Information Science

Optional modules (indicative list):

  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Foundations of Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Individual Approved Study
  • Information Governance
  • Introduction to Digital Curation
  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
  • Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
  • Managing Information Organisations
  • Server Programming and Structured Data
  • XML

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.

Dissertation/report

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.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The MSc in Information Science prepares students for management roles in the information industries with an emphasis on technology, for example: information systems manager, 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.

Employability

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. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Accreditation:

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.

Department: Information Studies

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to develop their computer-related management skills with a view to improving their employment opportunities in information management/technology professions. It will also appeal to students interested in applying and managing technology effectively within any information environments.

Application deadlines

9 July 2019

Applications for the MSc, PG Diploma, and PG Certificate programmes must be submitted by 1 July in the year of entry, although late applications may be considered up to UCL's general application deadline, usually towards the end of July. Selected candidates will be invited to an informal interview.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Information Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Information Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally and/or academically with your degree

Visit the Information Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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