MA Information Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Master of Arts (Information Studies)  provides an opportunity for graduate study and research in Information Studies. 
  • Subject specialisations in the areas of:
    • Information behaviour;
    • Information and society;
    • Information management and digital libraries;
    • And information sharing and collaboration.

Careers & Employability

An MA in Information Studies is excellent preparation for the workplace, or for further graduate research.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MA is intended for graduates of Information Studies, and also those from cognate disciplines, who wish to extend their knowledge of Information Studies beyond their primary degree.

The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies strives to educate students to become the leaders, policy makers, and designers of information systems and services in the evolving information society. The Master of Information Studies  The programme provides opportunities for a broader and deeper understanding of the discipline of Information Studies. Our values are achieved through a customised programme of taught modules, independent study, research practice with academic staff, and a thesis on one of the core areas of the field: information behaviour; information and society; information management and digital libraries; or information sharing and collaboration.  Students also develop important intellectual, cognitive and transferable skills in relation to communication, IT, academic writing, and research.  The programme can prepare students for further research at MLitt or PhD level.

  • Highly developed ability to analyze social science research in information studies.
  • Highly developed communication skills in traditional and digital media, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media
  • Highly developed familiarity with ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use
  • Highly developed knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies
  • Highly developed knowledge of trends in information and library studies research and practice.
  • Highly developed research competencies, providing the basis to develop, manage and implement the research process in a professional context

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

You will need:

  • A primary degree in Information Studies, or congnate discipline (Second class honours or higher).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your suitability, intellectual ability, and motivation