Information Science MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


The MSc in Information Science is an ideal career development programme for librarians, archivists and other information professionals who wish to update their management 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 July 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The programme includes both practical and theoretical work through 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 career specialism and 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 help you 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 many major libraries and repositories and information centres, including the British Library and many specialist collections, giving ready access to an unsurpassed range of materials.


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

Options

  • Server Programming and Structured Data
  • XML
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Legal and Social Aspects
  • Management
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Encoded Archival Description and Digitisation of Archives
  • Individual Approved Study
  • Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
  • Introduction to Digital Curation

Dissertation/report

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 projects such as website design and data modeling.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Funded by the David Tebbutt Trust, the principal aim of the Trust is to further the education of those wishing to pursue a career in the publishing, writing and information industries, and related fields of activity.

Information Studies Scholarships

These scholarships are open to part-time students who are employees of University of London libraries or of other libraries which provide placement opportunities for UCL Information Studies.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

This is awarded to the most distinguished of the candidates for the MA in Archives and Records Management.

Wiley Scholarship

The Wiley Scholarship was founded in 2008 by the publishing company John Wiley & Sons. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential.

Vickery Bursaries

The Vickery bursaries are named in honour of Professor Brian Vickery, who was the Director of the School of Library, Archive & Information Studies from 1973 to 1983. They are awarded at the discretion of the Department of Information Studies.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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 preferred. Applicants with relevant experience in an information or computing discipline will also be considered.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Applications for the Diploma or MA programmes must be submitted by 1 July 2014 in the year of entry, although late applications will be considered up to UCL's general application deadline in early August. 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 management skills with a view to improving their employment opportunities in all areas of information management, library, records and archives work. It will also appeal to students interested in applying and managing technology effectively within andy 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


Career

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. The programme is recognised and accredited by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, for professional qualifications purposes.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Zurich Financial Services, Underwriter, 2011
  • Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust, Information Analyst, 2011
  • Westminster Library, Librarian, 2011
  • Help the Hospices, Intelligence Hub Officer, 2011
  • UCL Library, Library Assistant, 2009

Employability

This programme challenges students to think more deeply about the implications of using information technology of all kinds in the workplace, and to consider better ways of designing, specifying, implementing and managing systems in order to promote organisational success. Understanding these issues and having the skills to develop and manage practical solutions equips our students to succeed individually and to help their organisations succeed. Our students achieve a high employability rate on graduating, and rise in organisations as their skills are recognised. Many past students now occupy senior positions in the information world in government, commerce, industry and academia.


Next steps

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Ms Sarah Davenport

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7204

Department

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