MSc Digital Information Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Careers & Employability

Career Opportunities:

Digital Information Management skills can be applied in a varitey of fields and complements degrees in science, arts, business and law. The Masters aims to train future professionals on how to tackle the challenging issues in maintenance of digital information.

Almost one thousand international companies use Ireland as their European base including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Intel.

The different tracks structure allow students to develop additional knowledge to specialise their digital information management learning for a specific setting. All three tracks include 35 credits of core modules that cover basic digital information management knowledge and skills.

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. Yes

The MSc in Digital Information Management was developed for people interested in how information is created, organised, accessed and maintained over time in organisations.  Digital information management is not just about having the ability to execute technical functions- it requires an understanding of the technical, socio-cultural and economic issues associated with managing information over time in a digital world.

The master’s degree combines core elements of digital preservation and curation as well as area-specific tracks with specialised modules to prepare you to work in different sectors.  You will learn from academic and industry leaders in Ireland about how to manage “born digital” and digitised materials in a variety of formats including text, image, audio and video.    You will explore the challenges of maintaining digital information and acquire the skills needed to liase with technologists about data storage and data management issues. You will have the opportunity to apply the skills you learn via a master's thesis or an internship.

This course was formerly the MSc in Digital Curation.

Summarize the challenges and approaches to maintaining digital material.

Outline the key requirements and standards for digital information management.

Describe the elements of the digital curation lifecycle and other relevant models.

Develop and apply policies and standards for and associated with stages of the digital curation lifecycle.

Construct plans for maintaining digital material in different environments.

Analyze different applications of the digital curation lifecycle to simulated events.

Compare, contrast, and utilise tools for managing digital information over time.

Justify the need for digital information management practices in a variety of environments.

Communicate the need for long term access to digital material to different audiences.

Choose the appropriate method for maintaining different types of digital material.

Manage different aspects of a digital curation project.

Understand digital information management in a specialised sector.

Communicate the need for long term access to digital material.

Justify the purpose of access, outreach, and public service activities.

MSc Digital Information Management (W403) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7920
nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

MSc Digital Information Management (W404) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5115
nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

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.

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalent is required. 
  • 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.

Graduate profile from Odile Dumbleton -

The choice to study Digital Curation was for me, an easy one. I got my MLS in 2008, but my technology skills needed an update. At UCD I was able to get an MSc for half the price of a Digital Information Management Professional Skills Certificate in the United States. I was fortunate to choose a programme developed and led by Dr. Cushing at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies and one that has been shortlisted for, best new Postgraduate course 2017 and European Digital Skills Awards 2017. The comprehensive program was both theoretical and practical, and the connections I made are invaluable.

It was such a great learning experience that I decided to continue on and pursue a PhD on the topic. This is the only Digital Information Management program in Ireland, and the value is amazing. UCD also participates in the United States Department of Education’s Student Loan programs, so funding was not an issue. In the end I paid a third of what I paid for my MLS in the United States, and I was afforded the chance to travel, and make international connections with others in the Digital Information Mangement community.

Odile Dumbleton, MSc Digital Information Management Graduate.

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MSc Digital Information Management FT (W403)
1 Years
Full Time
MSc Digital Information Management PT (W404)
2 Years
Part Time