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Ms Sarah Davenport

Email: s.davenport@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7204

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,750 (FT)

English, Welsh and Northern Irish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Scottish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Information Studies

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Information Science MSc

The MSc in Information Science is an ideal career development programme for librarians, archivists and other information professionals who wish to update their skills and experience in the use of information technology, the internet and digital media, or for those from a computer-oriented background who wish to specialise in information fields.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme includes both practical and theoretical work in which students develop a deeper understanding of not just the technologies themselves but also the implications of applying and managing these technologies in varied information environments. The wide range of optional courses allow students to tailor the programme to fit their individual needs.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Information Studies combines the best of traditional library and archive studies with the latest developments in internet technologies and electronic communication and publishing.

It brings together an outstanding team of researchers, teachers, students, practitioners and information industry leaders to understand, develop and shape the emerging information environment while elucidating and building on the historical developments that have created this environment.

Students benefit from UCL's central London location, close to major libraries and repositories which house many important collections of books, including the British Library and the Senate House Library of the University of London.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-5 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study over 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Systems Management
  • Internet Technologies
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • Fundamentals of Information Science


  • Server Technologies and Programming
  • XML
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Legal and Social Aspects
  • Management
  • Records Management
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Encoded Archival Description and Digitisation of Archives
  • Individual Approved Study


All MSc students undertake an independent research project on a specific aspect of information technology and its application, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer laboratory practicals and classroom practicals, with a strong emphasis on informal teaching and the acquisition of practical skills. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, examination, and practical assignments such as website design and the creation of indexing tools.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The programme requires a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. An appropriate professional qualification is also required. Applicants with relevant experience in an information or computing discipline will also be considered.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications for the Diploma or MA programmes must be submitted by 1 July in the year of entry, although late applications will be considered up to 30 August 2013. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview, usually held between March and July.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to develop their computer-related proficiency with a view to improving their skills and employment opportunities in library, archives, records and information management areas. It will also appeal to students interested in applying and managing technology effectively within information environments.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Information Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Information Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally and/or academically with your degree


The MSc in Information Science prepares students for management roles in the information industries with an emphasis on technology: for example; information systems manager, systems librarian, web manager, information architect, knowledge manager, data manager, or indeed any information management role. Our graduates find work all over the world with electronic systems for managing, retrieving, distributing and archiving vast quantities of information.

Places of employment of recent students include: Scroll: Technical Liaison Manager, UCL Library: Library Assistant, Haringey Libraries Archives and Museums Service: Librarian and Swindon Borough Council: Library Electronic Service Manager.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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