Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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 may also be considered.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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 modules allow students to tailor the programme to fit their individual career specialism and needs.
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, five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study over 2-5 years, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate, any four of the modules available (60 credits), full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered.
- Systems Management
- Internet Technologies
- Database Systems Analysis and Design
- Introduction to Programming and Scripting
- Fundamentals of Information Science
- Server Programming and Structured Data
- Digital Resources in the Humanities
- Legal and Social Aspects
- 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
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 modelling.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber (1 year)
- UK, EU students
- Based on academic merit
- £1,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- UK/EU tuition fees plus internship (1 year)
- UK, EU students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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 degree
- Knowledge Analyst, JHS James (2012)
- Information Analyst, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust (2011)
- Senior Manager, China Unicom (2012)
- Information Specialist, Reykjavik University (2012)
- Library Assistant, Royal Society of Arts (2011)
- Functional Developer/Senior Analyst, University of Oxford (2012)
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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 21 staff › 220 taught students › 28 research students
Department: Information Studies
"I work in librarianship and have some experience in programming, so I was keen to learn more about the possible connection between the two. I have really enjoyed my course at UCL, and cannot recommend UCL Information Studies highly enough: the teaching standards are very high, and the tutors are extremely dedicated. I am proud to have done my library Master's with UCL."
Katherine SteinerInformation Science MSc
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
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 any information environments.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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