Information Studies


 Information for new students in 2023

We hope you will find the information on this page helpful in preparing for the 2023-24 academic year. If you can't find what you need on this page or the central UCL advice pages please don't hesitate to email your Programme Administrator:

  • Sarah Davenport for Digital Humanities (DH) and Knowledge, Information and Data Science (KIDS)
  • Ian Evans for Publishing (PUB) and MPhil/PhD, MRes
  • Laura Keshav for Archives & Records Management (ARM) and Library & Information Studies (LIS)





You will find a lot of useful information available on the UCL International Students pages, including details of the UCL International Students' Orientation programme, immigration and visa information, advice on preparing for life in the UK, travel information etc.

Immigration and visas

If you are coming to study in the UK for more than 6 months then you will require a Student visa. 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 any Conditions attached to your offer as early as you possibly can.

If you are in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, please do not leave the country without permission from your department. 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 2024.


Completing pre-enrolment is the first step toward becoming a fully enrolled UCL student. It is a quick and easy online task where you confirm the details we hold about you and your programme. When pre-enrolment is available for your programme, you’ll receive a pre-enrolment invitation email with instructions. This email can only be sent once you've accepted your offer, met any conditions and completed any statutory checks if applicable.

Once you have completed the pre-enrolment, you will receive a confirmation email. It will advise you that your documents will be checked as soon as possible and, if everything is correct, you will be then be enrolled at UCL. 

NB: If you were unable to upload your visa, ID document or photo during pre-enrolment, you can upload them once you have them via Portico.

Once you have received an email confirming you have been enrolled at UCL you will be able to book to collect your ID card (if you are quarantining later booking dates will be released for you to collect your card, you cannot book an ID collection shot whilst you are quarantining). Once you have collected your student ID card, you will have full access to buildings across UCL, and from your programme start date will also have full access to UCL's libraries, library collections and electronic resources.

Optional module registration

Students who have pre-enrolled are able to select their preferred optional modules from Monday 12th September onwards. Details are available on the Module Registration information page. You will be able to access the Portico system after pre-enrolling. We have details of all Information Studies modules available on our Study pages.


Please see the e-mails from your administrator, for the most up to date timetable.


UCL has developed an new online Introductory programme for new students, to help you get to know UCL - its values, its community and its achievements - before you arrive. Further information can be found on the Introductory Programme section of the New Students website.


Programme specific timetables will be e-mailed to students in (or shortly before) induction week.

Online timetables

Students can see their own personal timetables on the UCL online teaching timetable, once they have completed module registration.


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.

....and finally

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the UCL Department of Information Studies!