Masters and Diploma Programmes

Our school offers a range of taught postgraduate programmes preparing students for a wide variety of careers and further research options:

>Apply now -  for our brand new Masters - Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Digital Policy.

A new MSc Human-Computer Interaction has been created to address the needs of students who are interested in human-computer interaction, careers in UX and HCI. This new MSc HCI is closer to the original MSc Information System’s focus on interaction, includes a thesis component and aims to give students HCI/UX related skills and insight relevant to understanding user interaction with technology.

The new MSc Information Systems for 2021- rather than focusing on interaction issues, is designed to focus much more towards skills in Artificial Intelligence, Informatics and Data Analytics. The MSc IS will now be a fully taught MSc, with the thesis project removed from the core courses.

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Technology is ubiquitous in our everyday life. We have countless interactions whether it be through mobile apps, smart devices, or more traditional desktop systems. It is vital now more than ever that these interfaces are designed with a deep understanding of the user, their desires and needs as well as how these interfaces will impact society more widely. The MSc in Human Computer Interaction combines core elements and skills to prepare you to work within user experience and human computer interaction. The programme is unique in Ireland, harnessing the world-class expertise in the School of Information and Communication Studies to explore the discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI), from a social science perspective.
The programme focuses on giving students the knowledge and skills to use social scientific approaches and theory to inform
1) the design of user- centred technology interactions and to
2) understand the effect that design and technology interaction has on people's behaviours, perceptions and emotions encapsulating both at an individual and a societal level.
This programme will use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials including self-directed and autonomous learning activities to introduce students to principles, theory, practice and critique, combining approaches from computer science and social sciences. Several modules will also utilise e-learning tools and online content and delivery. A core part of the programme will involve you using these knowledge and skills to conduct a cutting edge research project in the area of HCI.

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MSc Human Computer Interaction - full-time and part-time options

With support from Microsoft Ireland, UCD School of Information and Communication studies is establishing the Microsoft-UCD Digital Policy Programme with the goal of building digital policy training and capability in Ireland and Europe.

Designed to offer graduates the opportunity to study some of the core topical, theoretical, and methodological issues that arise when investigating the institutional and public policy dimensions of the prevalence of digital technology, digital infrastructure, and data production, capture, and analysis in all dimensions of life.

It will also allow students to study the underlying social conditions (economic, political, and cultural) that give rise to such technologies and their governance, as well as the multiple public sector and commercial contexts where policy is made and enacted.

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MSc Digital Policy - Full Time and Part Time options

Professional Certificate Digital Policy - W470 is a One Week Full-Time Online Course. The course will run online as a one week intensive module 13-17 December 2021. Students will be provided with readings in advance with assessments due afterwards.

Graduate Diploma Digital Policy GradDip Dip Digital Policy (W508) Part Time.

For further information contact Prof Kalpana Shankar


Our new Communication and Media programmes are the first in Ireland to offer a broad degree in communication and media studies from an Information school perspective, where students can choose tracks to focus on Ethics & Policy, Design & Culture and Data Journalism.

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Msc in Communication & Media – Full Time and Part Time options

Digital Information Management combines core elements of digital preservation and curation as well as area-specific tracks to prepare students for work in cultural institutions, civil service and higher education and in the private sector.

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MSc Digital Information Management  - Full Time and Part Time options

Graduate Diploma in Digital Information Management - Full Time

Graduate Diploma in Digital Information Management - Part Time

Professional Certificate in Digital Information Management - Part Time

Information Systems studies focus on the design and deployment of human-centred computing and information systems, combining theory and practice-based perspectives from across a range of disciplines.

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MSc Information Systems – Full Time and Part Time options

Our Library and Information Studies programmes have prepared generations of graduates for careers as information and library professionals.

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Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) – Full Time and Part Time options  
Graduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies – Full Time and Part Time options