Information Studies


Information for new students

We hope you will find the information on this page helpful in preparing for the 2015-16 academic year. If you can't find what you need on this page or the Frequently Asked Questions, please don't hesitate to email your PG Programme Administrator:

Sarah Davenport for:
Digital Humanities
Information Science

Ian Evans for:

Laura Keshav for:
Archives & Records Management
Library & Information Studies

The Department is based on the ground floor of Foster Court (see the campus map).

Frequently Asked Questions page - we hope that this page will answer many of your questions. The UCL Registry web pages contain a lot of useful information for students - please click on the links below. At this time, much of the information will still relate to the current academic year but will be updated over the coming weeks.

If you are a national of a country outside of the EEA and Switzerland, you must not attempt to travel to the UK without a valid visa under any circumstances. The Immigration & Visas web page has further details, including how to obtain your CAS number. Please note that UCL cannot issue a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) form unless you hold an Unconditional offer, so please make sure that you meet the Condition as early as you possibly can.

Student visas: If you are in the UK on a student visa, please do not leave the country without permission from your programme director. You should also be aware that by leaving the country you take the risk of not being permitted back in because of Border controls. Please remember that the MA/MSc is a twelve month programme from September to September and you should be at UCL in the UK until the end of your student registration in September 2016.

  • Term Dates - please note that term 2 end on Thursday 24 March 2016, not Wednesday 23 March 2016 as previously published

General Information

The academic year starts on Monday 28 September 2015. The first week (28 September to 2 October 2015) is Induction Week (please see Induction Week section below).

First term: Monday 28 September 2015 - Friday 18 December 2015

Second term: Monday 11 January 2016 - Thursday 24 March 2016

Third term: Monday 25 April 2016 - Friday 10 June 2016

Reading Weeks are the weeks beginning Monday 9 November 2015, and Monday 15 February 2016

Students on full-time Taught Masters programmes study for a full calendar year. Therefore, students are expected to study beyond the end of the third term to prepare their dissertation in time for submission in September.



It is important that you complete pre-enrolment before you come to UCL on 28th September – it will save you a lot of time when you come to do your central enrolment.

Full details are available from the Registry web site at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/new-students/pre-enrolment


All students are required to enrol in person within two weeks from their official start date.  The enrolment session for Department of Information Studies students is scheduled for 11:30am on Wednesday 30 September 2015. Once you have completed pre-enrolment you will be sent an email telling you where to enrol. 

If you fail to complete pre-enrolment or don't receive any communication about these arrangements before you are due to arrive please contact the New Students Team

You can find information on enrolment at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/new-students/enrolment - including what documents you must take with you.

Induction Week will run from Monday 28 September - Friday 2 October 2015. The final timetable is now available, with the times of the activities confirmed, and you will be given a finalised timetable with venue details at the departmental enrolment session on Monday 28 September (see below).

Full-time students should expect to be at UCL every day that week.

Part-time/modular students should attend at least on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 September and are most welcome to attend as many of the Induction Week events during the rest of the week as they can.

Monday 28 September 2015: departmental enrolment will take place 9:30-10:30am in the Department of Information Studies, room G20, ground floor, Foster Court. You will be provided with an Induction Week pack containing a finalised Induction Week timetable, information on how to register for your modules, maps of the campus and details on how to access Moodle etc. 


Departmental timetable showing core and optional modules for all programmes.

More detailed, programme-specific timetables, including rooms, will be available on Monday 28 September.

Online timetable:  students will also be able to see all their own modules on the UCL online teaching timetable, once they have completed module registration.

The standard timetable starts on Monday 2 October 2015. Modules are usually taught over one term (term 1: October to December; term 2: January to March), either 10.00 to 13.00 or 14.00 to 17.00. Any exceptions will be clearly shown on draft and final timetables.

Reading Weeks

The Department operates a Reading Week in November (9 to 13 November 2015) and February (15 to 19 February 2016) during which there will be no lectures.

Dissertation Bootcamp

Monday 15 February 2016: Dissertation ‘Boot Camp’ for all students due to register for the dissertation module in 2015-16 (more details nearer the time).

For general information on our postgraduate programmes, please click on the links below.
Archives & Records Management
Digital Humanities
Information Science
Library & Information Studies
MRes in Information Studies


Most reading lists are currently being updated and will be made available as soon as the revision has been completed. There is no preliminary reading list for Publishing or Information Science.


....and finally
We very much look forward to welcoming you to the UCL Department of Information Studies in September.