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Information Systems

MSc Information Systems
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Information Systems is about capturing, organising, protecting, archiving, and appropriately disseminating information critical to an organization's success.

UCD School of Information & Library Studies is an active member of the iSchools consortium – a global collection of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field and sharing a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.

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. No

Vision and Values Statement
The MSc in Information Systems introduces students to core disciplines integral to the deep exploration of the practical and theoretical issues related to the design and deployment of human centered information systems. The degree incorporates a strong interdisciplinary and human-centered focus, combining theory and practice-based perspectives from across a range of disciplines. We envisage students to become critical thinkers as to the role of the human within the development and design of interfaces and systems and impact that technology has upon individuals, organisations and society.

The learning environment of the programme encourages the development of research and design as well as analytical and group work skills. Students conduct a range of individual and group based assignments that focus on key theoretical, research and design based challenges in human centered computing.

The programme engages students primarily through lectures, online learning exercises and group work as well as individual assignments.

Programme Outcomes
Highly developed knowledge of professional issues underpinning the information profession, including the evolving roles of information professionals

Highly developed understanding of information technology and social computing, including its limitation, strengths and future possibilities, and issues in a constantly changing a complex world of information.

Highly developed competencies with information management

Highly developed ability to assess clients' needs and then develop, provide and manage a range of socio-technical solutions appropriate for the clients' context.

Highly developed human management abilities, including personal and organisational management skills

Highly developed abilities to learn, adapt and respond to continuous change in different environments

Highly developed collaborative and team-based learning competencies, demonstrating effective interpersonal and leadership skills

Highly developed communication skills, including written and verbal skills, which facilitate the graduate's participation and development in professional careers

Excellent personal organisation and time management skills

Highly developed research project competencies, providing the basis to develop, manage and implement the research project process and research projects in a professional context

Highly developed abilities to identify problems and to address problems through the use of published research and research and design methods.

Highly developed knowledge of the foundations and key theories and principles associated with information systems and information management

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in any discipline. An 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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates will be qualified to work in industry, government, universities and NGOs in roles such as:

•Web content manager
•Social media manager
•Knowledge management analyst
•Digital publisher
•Information architect

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Claire Nolan
Contact Number: +353 0 1 716 7055

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Information Architecture: Designing the Web

Management for Information Professionals

Research Methods

Foundations of Info Studies

UXD: User-Centered Design


Quantitative Data Analysis

Stage 1 - Option
Human Language Technologies

Human Computer Interaction

Introduction to Cognitive Scie

Web Publishing

Managing Information Technology for Information Professionals

The Digital Self

Information Ethics

Digital Storytelling

System Analysis & Design

Digital Libraries

Research Study

Digital Curation Tools

Digital Curation:Core Concepts

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Information Systems FT (W267)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MSc Information Systems PT (W268)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc Information Systems (W267) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7640
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MSc Information Systems (W268) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4935
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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