Digital Information Management

MSc Digital Information Management
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The MSc in Digital Information Management was developed for people interested in how information is created, organised, accessed and maintained over time in organisations. Digital information management is not just about having the ability to execute technical functions- it requires an understanding of the technical, socio-cultural and economic issues associated with managing information over time in a digital world.

The master's degree combines core elements of digital preservation and curation as well as area-specific tracks with specialised modules to prepare you to work in different sectors. You will learn from academic and industry leaders in Ireland about how to manage "born digital" and digitised materials in a variety of formats including text, image, audio and video. You will explore the challenges of maintaining digital information and acquire the skills needed to liase with technologists about data storage and data management issues. You will have the opportunity to apply the skills you learn via a master's thesis or an internship.

This course was formerly the MSc in Digital Curation.

Programme Outcomes
Summarize the challenges and approaches to maintaining digital material.

Outline the key requirements and standards for digital information management.

Describe the elements of the digital curation lifecycle and other relevant models.

Develop and apply policies and standards for and associated with stages of the digital curation lifecycle.

Construct plans for maintaining digital material in different environments.

Analyze different applications of the digital curation lifecycle to simulated events.

Compare, contrast, and utilise tools for managing digital information over time.

Justify the need for digital information management practices in a variety of environments.

Communicate the need for long term access to digital material to different audiences.

Choose the appropriate method for maintaining different types of digital material.

Manage different aspects of a digital curation project.

Understand digital information management in a specialised sector.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Subjects taught

Core (70 credits)
IS 30340 Managing IT for Information Professionals
IS40770 Digital Curation: Core Concepts
IS 40790 Digital Curation Tools
IS 40760 Research Data Management
IS 40810 Communication and Outreach for Digital Information Management
IS 40560 Digital Libraries
IS 40640 Research Methods
IS 40790 Internship OR IS 40680 Digital Information Management Thesis

Option (20 credits)
TRACK 1: Digital Information Management in Business and the Private Sector
IS 30020 Web Publishing
IS 40610 UXD
IS 40730 Quantitative Data Anaylsis
IS 30350 The Digital Self

TRACK 2: Digital Information Management in the Cultural Heritage Sector
ARC 40040 Archives and their Users
ARCH 40990 Cultural Heritage
IS 30380 Digital Storytelling
CULP 40100 Arts Marketing

TRACK 3: Digital information Management in HEIs and Civil Service
IS 30020 Web Publishing
WS 40150 Gender, Inequality and public policy
IS 40600 Foundations of Information
IS 30370 Information Ethics




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


MSc Digital Information Management (W403) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7920
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc Digital Information Management (W404) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5115
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

MSc Digital Information Management (W403) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7455
nonEU fee per year - € 18700

MSc Digital Information Management (W403) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4815
nonEU fee per year - € 9350

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
Digital Information Management skills can be applied in a varitey of fields and complements degrees in science, arts, business and law. The Masters aims to train future professionals on how to tackle the challenging issues in maintenance of digital information.

Almost one thousand international companies use Ireland as their European base including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Intel.

The different tracks structure allow students to develop additional knowledge to specialise their digital information management learning for a specific setting. All three tracks include 35 credits of core modules that cover basic digital information management knowledge and skills.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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