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Information Studies

MA Information Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Master of Arts (Information Studies) provides an opportunity for graduate study and research in Information Studies. 

Subject specialisations in the areas of: 
- Information behaviour;
-Information and society;
-Information management and digital libraries;
-And information sharing and collaboration

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

The MA is intended for graduates of Information Studies, and also those from cognate disciplines, who wish to extend their knowledge of Information Studies beyond their primary degree.

Vision and Values Statement
The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies strives to educate students to become the leaders, policy makers, and designers of information systems and services in the evolving information society. The Master of Information Studies The programme provides opportunities for a broader and deeper understanding of the discipline of Information Studies. Our values are achieved through a customised programme of taught modules, independent study, research practice with academic staff, and a thesis on one of the core areas of the field: information behaviour; information and society; information management and digital libraries; or information sharing and collaboration. Students also develop important intellectual, cognitive and transferable skills in relation to communication, IT, academic writing, and research. The programme can prepare students for further research at MLitt or PhD level.

Programme Outcomes
-Highly developed knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies

-Highly developed familiarity with ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use

-Highly developed communication skills in traditional and digital media, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media

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

-Highly developed ability to analyze social science research in information studies.

-Highly developed knowledge of trends in information and library studies research and practice.

Entry requirements

You will need:
-A primary degree in Information Studies, or cognate discipline (Second class honours or higher).

-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.

-Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your suitability, intellectual ability, and motivation


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
An MA in Information Studies is excellent preparation for the workplace, or for further graduate research.

Further enquiries

Claire Nolan,
Tel: 01 716 7055

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core:

Research Practice

Research Methods

Stage 1 - Option
Archives sustainability and preservation management

Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway

Web Publishing

Information Architecture: Designing the Web

Cyber-society? Technology, Culture and Communication

Current Trends in Social Computing

Quantitative Data Analysis

Managing Information Technology for Information Professionals

People, Information & Communication: Our Information Behaviour

System Analysis & Design

Digital Libraries

Children & Youth Info Services

Research Study

UXD: User-Centered Design

Digital Curation Tools

Digital Curation:Core Concepts

Research Data Management

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Information Studies FT (W020)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MA Information Studies PT (W113)
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

MA Information Studies (W020) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7640
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MA Information Studies (W113) 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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