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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 - Digital Policy and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Digital Policy - Online & F2F - 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.

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.

Duolingo English Test (DET) will continue to be accepted for 2022 and 2023, and will be reviewed again. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110 is required with at least 100 in each subscore.

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

*All Digital Policy Programmes will be Online except the MSc will be hybrid learning of Online & F2F - from September 2022/23*

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 W471, Online & face-to-face.

Professional Certificate Digital Policy - ONLINE, W470 is a One Week Full-Time Online Course. The course will run online as a one week intensive module  December 2022. Students will be provided with readings in advance with assessments due afterwards.

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

For further information contact Prof Kalpana Shankar kalpana.shankar@ucd.ie

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

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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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

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.

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UCD School of Information and Communication Studies

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