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We hope you will find the information on this page helpful in preparing for the 2021-22 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), MPhil/PhD, MRes
  • Laura Keshav for Archives & Records Management (ARM), Library & Information Studies (LIS)

The other members of the PS Team are: 

If you are an offer holder for the academic year 2021-22, you can email one of the Programme Administrators (as above) for any questions.

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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SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION

We are planning for our campus to be open to all students for the start of the new academic year in September 2021. You will have a blend of face-to-face and online teaching and learning, designed to support you to progress and succeed academically.  Our 'blended by design' approach responds to the feedback of our students and builds on the continuous refinement of our online education this year. We expect the majority of students to come to campus for face-to-face teaching. On campus, your programme teams will prioritise interactive face-to-face teaching, such as seminars and workshops, and computer sessions. Within your programme, some modules will blend online and on campus teaching, some will be mostly online and others completely online if all learning outcomes can be met this way. Online, you will be learning through a mix of interactive sessions in real time and engaging digital learning activities and lecture recordings that you can work through at your own pace and that support the teaching and learning on campus.

TRAVELLING TO LONDON AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

You will need to make sure that you are in London for the start of the academic year. Induction week will take place online starting on Monday, the 27th of September and first week of teaching will be commencing on Monday, the 4th of October. Some students will not be able to join us in London at the start of the year, because of continuing coronavirus travel restrictions in some countries. If this affects you, we will support you as best we can to commence your studies online for a short period of time until you are able to join us in person. However, in most cases you will miss some or all your teaching if you do not attend classes on campus.  If coronavirus restrictions delay your arrival in the UK and you cannot attend campus at the start of term, please let us know. In some cases you may be able to catch up, in others it may be better to interrupt or defer your studies to 2022-23.

The amount of face-to-face teaching will vary from programme to programme and depends on the discipline and the stage you are at in your studies. Some disciplines traditionally expect students to spend a significant part of their programmes studying and researching independently outside the classroom, with fewer face-to-face classes. These disciplines will prioritise interactive teaching activities like tutorials and seminars on campus to support your independent studies.

Our students have told us very clearly how much they value in-person interaction with fellow students and the experience of an environment that is alive with research and academic scholarship. This happens both in and outside your academic programme, and you will have many opportunities for informal learning, networking and connecting with your fellow students, online and on campus.  Our libraries offer digital and physical materials for independent study and analysis, and developing your skills as an active researcher.  

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. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.

ENROLMENT

Pre-Enrolment

It is important that you complete pre-enrolment before you come to UCL on 27th 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.

Enrolment

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

INDUCTION WEEK

Induction Week will take place Monday 27th September – Friday 1st October 2021. 

Departmental Induction events can be found here and links will be e-mailed to all students before induction week. All induction week events will be held online.

UCL INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMME

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.

TIMETABLES

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.

ATTENDANCE

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.

An archive of e-mails sent to offer holders over summer 2021 is available here.

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