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Information Design & Development

Information Developers are individuals who bridge the gap between subject matter experts and that of the end user. The role of information developers is becoming increasingly important given that society is being driven by technology and information developers provide the voice in communicating how issues incorporating technology are framed and developed. The Society of Technical Communication (STC) define information developers or technical communicators as individuals that communicate using an instruction based focus on technical or specialised topics using technology. In essence, information development and technical communications ensures that designs, products, systems and methodologies are documented and conveyed to their target audience to maximise its business value to the organisation.

Simply put - if it is not worth documenting, it is not worth anything.

Over the past number of years, the manner by which information developers perform their role has been impacted by technological advancements in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and modern day practitioners need skills from not just Humanities but also Computing and Business domains. The programme seeks to provide a modern day practitioner with the opportunity for in depth study of the advanced rhetorical, compositional theories, project management, and technical skills necessary for them to be leaders in designing, composing, managing, and editing content using a standardised methodological approach using XML based technologies such as DITA.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants who hold a Level 8 degree in any discipline are eligible to apply for the MSc in Information Development programme. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis.


Online over 24 months.

No of weeks per semester: 13
No of timetable hours week: 6
Which days: Normally two nights a week

The MSc. in Information Design and Development is delivered and accessed fully online using state of the art Cloud based virtualisation technologies. Learning technologies such as Blackboard and Adobe Connect are some of the systems that are used to deliver this innovative programme. Lectures are delivered online by night and streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback to students.

This method of delivery allows students to participate on the programme from anywhere in the world allowing them to avail on continuous professional development in the field of information development of technical communications. The programme offer great flexibility to students as they can access their lectures and labs anytime, anywhere on any device that has a Web browser.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Dr Donna O'Shea
Department of Computer Science
Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown Cork
T12 P928 Ireland
Phone: +353 21 4335116
Email: or

Subjects taught

The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods. There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that you will learn by doing from the first module to the last.

Semester 1 (Autumn - Year 1)
XML in Technical Communications
Information Design & Development

Semester 2 (Spring - Year 1)
Information Experience
Information Strategy
Research Practice & Ethics

Semester 3 (Autumn - Year 2)
Document Project Management
Multimedia Production
Information Analytics
Free Choice Module

Semester 4 (Spring - Year 2)
Research Project

Module descriptors can be viewed

Recognition of Prior Learning information is available at

Application date

Closing date: 4th September 2019

Course fee

€6,300 (€1,400 per Semester + €2,100 for 30 Credit Project in Semester 4).

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to:

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

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