What will I learn?

The Master of Arts (Information Studies) provides an opportunity for graduate study and research in Information Studies.

Subject specializations in the areas of:

  • Information behavior;
  • Information and society;
  • Information management and digital libraries;
  • And information sharing and collaboration.

Vision and Values Statement

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.

Programme Outcomes

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

Careers & Employability

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

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€19,200.00 (US$ 21,372) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020


UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Room D104, Newman,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme. IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

For international students

You will need:

  • A primary degree in Information Studies, or cognate 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

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University:

A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +; a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

Cambridge Examinations: English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English).

Acceptable Examinations:

  • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2).
  • Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • First Certificate, Grade A (i.e. CEFR Level C1)

Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item of both skills profiles.

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