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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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(opens in a new window)MSc Human Computer Interaction - full-time and part-time options

*All Digital Policy Programmes have online learning options*

With support from Microsoft Ireland, UCD School of Information and Communication studies has established our Digital Policy Programmes with the goal of building digital policy training and capability.

These are designed to offer graduates the opportunity to study some of the core topical, theoretical, and methodological issues that arise in all dimensions of life. We investigate the institutional and public policy dimensions of the prevalence of digital technologies, infrastructures, production, capture, and analysis.
Our programmes also 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.

In addition to face-to-face environments for our MSc and graduate diploma, we offer online learning options for all programmes.

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(opens in a new window)MSc Digital Policy - Full Time and Part Time options W471, Online & face-to-face.

Graduate Diploma Digital Policy Full time and Part Time Options, W508, Online & face-to-face.

Professional Certificate Digital Policy - ONLINE, W569. Starting in September 2023 this course will run online in the autumn terms, Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm.

For further information contact the Programme Director and the Director for (opens in a new window)UCD Centre for Digital Policy Dr Elizabeth Farries (opens in a new window)elizabeth.farries@ucd.ie

MSc/GradDip Digital Policy brochure information leaflet

The new MSc Information Systems for 2021- combines aspects of information technology, data analytics and social science to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to use digital technologies to benefit business, government and society. Students may also choose to focus on topics such as data analytics and AI ethics. The MSc Information Systems will now be a fully taught MSc, with the thesis project removed from the core courses.

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(opens in a new window)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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(opens in a new window)Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) – Full Time and Part Time options  

(opens in a new window)Graduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies – Full Time and Part Time options


Please note if you are primarily interested in archives and records management, we advise you to apply for the MA in Archives and Records Management.

MLIS-No24-QSWUR-2022-Badge Our Library and Information Management is ranked number 24 in the QS World University Rankings 2022. We are in the top 50 for a third year in a row and we are now the highest ranking subject in UCD.


New Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Transition, Innovation and; Sustainability Environments (TISE).

This MSc in TISE is a new European program with a focus on sustainable and resilient societal, commercial and communication processes and structures. Students study in 4 European universities over 2 years, spending a semester in UNL (Portugal), UCD, PUEB (Poland) and DUK (Austria).

Further information and details on how to apply here.

UCD School of Information and Communication Studies

Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 8360