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Information Studies - MRes

Course Description

This MRes is aimed at those wishing to broaden or deepen understanding of aspects of the information world at postgraduate level, or to prepare for doctoral studies. It is also aimed at mid-career information and cultural professionals who wish to develop their leadership, management and professional skill.

Degree information

This is a flexible programme of study combining information disciplines, information technology, leadership, management and professional skills. The programme is tailored to individual needs, closely related to students' current or future employment or research goals. Through research skills classes and a substantial research project, students develop skills for further study and career development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (120 credits). There are no core modules for this programme.

Optional modules - students select in conjunction with their Director of Studies, four modules from the range of postgraduate programmes offered by the Department of Information Studies. Typically, the selection is made across the following areas:
-Management of Services, Resources or Systems
-Information and Communication Systems and Technologies
-Adult Learning and Professional Development
-Archives and Records Management
-Digital Humanities
-Information Services for Specialist Media or Users
-Information Sources, Organisation and Retrieval
-Cultural Heritage

The full range of postgraduate modules is available on the UCL Information Studies website. On occasion it may be appropriate for students to take modules offered by another UCL department also.

All students undertake an independent research project in an applied or theoretical area of information work, which culminates in a dissertation of 25,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Taught modules are delivered through lectures, seminars, groupwork and practicals. Research skills are developed through classes within the department and students are encouraged to take courses run by UCL Doctoral School. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, examination and practical assignments and by the dissertation and viva voce.


The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research, as a preparation for an MPhil or PhD, and enables career development of information professionals into senior and managerial roles.

Places of employment or further study of recent students include:
-Staffordshire County Council
-National Library of Portugal
-University of Botswana

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Information Studies is unique in the UK with programmes spanning archives, records management, information studies and systems, digital humanities and publishing. Students have unparalleled opportunities for cross-domain engagement and the opportunity to work with other departments at UCL.

Students benefit from UCL's central London location, and many premier information and cultural institutions are within easy reach. Staff are experts in their field and closely involved with the professional bodies and companies, supporting students in building contacts and widening experience.

Visit the Information Studies - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A first professional qualification and several years' relevant work experience is desirable.

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