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Information Studies

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 & Value 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 Outcome


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.


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


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


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


Highly developed knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies


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


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

Entry requirements

You will need:

A primary degree in Information Studies, or congnate 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

Duration

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


Thesis IS40190

Research Practice IS40390

Research Methods IS40640

Research Theory and Practice IS40820


Stage 1 - Option


Archives preservation ARCV41480

Web Publishing IS30020

Information Architecture: Designing the Web IS30050

The Digital Self IS30350

Digital Libraries IS40560

UXD: User-Centered Design IS40610

Research Experience IS40700

Quantitative Data Analysis IS40730

Digital Curation Tools IS40750

Research Data Management IS40760

Digital Curation:Core Concept IS40770

Application date

The following entry routes are available:


MA Information Studies FT (W020)

Duration 1 Years


Attendance Full Time


Deadline Rolling *


MA Information Studies PT (W113)

Duration 2 Years

Attendance Part Time

Deadline 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 - € 7920

nonEU fee per year - € 19900


MA Information Studies (W113) Part Time

EU fee per year - € 5115

nonEU fee per year - € 9950


***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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