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Information Science - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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, 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.

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

Optional modules (indicative list):
-Server Programming and Structured Data
-Digital Resources in the Humanities
-Legal and Social Aspects
-Electronic Publishing
-Encoded Archival Description and Digitisation of Archives
-Individual Approved Study
-Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
-Introduction to Digitisation
-Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
-Introduction to Digital Curation

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.


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 vast quantities of information. The programme is recognised and accredited by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, for professional qualifications purposes.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Salesperson, ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China)
-Database Manager, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
-Product Manager, Nokia
-Operations Manager, MHRA (Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency)

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.

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 this environment.

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.

Visit the Information Science - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Katherine Steiner

"I work in librarianship and have some experience in programming, so I was keen to learn more about the possible connection between the two. I have really enjoyed my course at UCL, and cannot recommend UCL Information Studies highly enough: the teaching standards are very high, and the tutors are extremely dedicated. I am proud to have done my library Master's with UCL."


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. An appropriate professional qualification is preferred. Applicants with relevant experience in an information or computing discipline may also be considered.

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