Information Studies


 Information for prospective students

We hope you will find the information on this page helpful in preparing for the 2020-21 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 and Information Science
  • Ian Evans for Publishing, MPhil/PhD, MRes
  • Laura Keshav for Archives & Records Management, Library & Information Studies

If you are applying for the academic year 2021-22, you can email one of the Programme Administrators (as above) for any questions. More information about 2021-22 to be published soon here. 

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As the pandemic progresses, social distancing requirements will guide how much teaching we can deliver in person at any given time. Our campus will be open, term will start on the 28th of September and we are preparing to welcome you by introducing a range of measures that you can see listed online or in UCL’s communications.

Please read UCL's message to offer holders and visit the coronavirus information hub for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to UCL and the Department of Information Studies this September and we will do everything we can to give you an outstanding experience and all the benefits of university life. 


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 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 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 2021.



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 complete your enrolment and also means that you can start to register for optional modules (see below). Full details are available from the UCL New Students web site.

Optional module registration

Students are able to choose their optional modules as part-of pre-enrolment. If you wish to do so, the 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.


Further information on enrolment will be made available over the summer.


Induction Week will take place Monday 28th September – Friday 5th October 2020. 

Departmental Induction events: Below you can see more information about the Departmental Induction events for 2020-21 which will take place remotely. These events are for all new PGT students. Please note there are also programme level events that you will need to attend and your programme administrator will be emailing you more information. 

Monday, 28th September, 2-4pm - DIS Admin induction:  This is our Departmenta Admin talk with presentations from the Head of the Department, Director of Studies, Departmental Tutor, Vice-Dean Wellbeing, Departmental Manager and the Professional Services Team, introductions by the Programme Directors, as well as a presentation from UCL Career Services. Join the Zoom call here.

Tuesday, 29th September, 10am-12pm - DIS Virtual Module Fair: This is our virtual module fair where you will have the chance to speak to module leaders and ask them any questions you might have and are related to the modules offered this year. Join the Zoom call here. 

Wednesday, 30th September, 2-4pm - Departmental Social Activity: This is a link for the initial Zoom meeting which will act as the starting point for the departmental social activity that you can partake in on Wednesday. Join your peers for an informal digital odyssey through the online spaces you will be using throughout the year on your taught courses. Come equipped with as much resourcefulness and enthusiasm as possible and be prepared to share your own programme focused expertise as you work in teams to navigate the various platforms and complete their challenges. Join Zoom call here

Inspiring Minds - Welcome to UCL Arts and Humanities. Inspiring Minds has been put together by a team of academics and communications professionals from across the Faculty. Take the time to explore the site and don't forget to register for the events you would like to join. You can read more here.

You can meet the members of the Professional Services Team and find out what each one of them is doing by watching the video below. 

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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.


Your programme administrator will be sending you more information about timetabling and you will be updated in one of the programme induction events.

Online timetable

Students will be able to see all 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.

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