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Entry requirements

Normal requirements for admission are a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with appropriate professional qualifications or experience in relevant disciplines will also be considered. We welcome applications from those with science, engineering or humanities backgrounds. However, applicants are expected to demonstrate some technical and/or mathematical aptitude.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This recently revised programme is designed for computationally and mathematically literate graduates wishing to pursue an in-depth study of modern approaches to information science. Emphasis is placed both on current industry practice and theory, and on data science methods and likely future trends in artificial intelligence, thus equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for a wide range of career paths in information-related fields.

Students benefit from a very broad range of expertise among the academic staff of the department, which also offers postgraduate study and undertakes research in library studies, digital humanities, archives and record management, and publishing. Students are thus exposed not only to the technical aspects of information science but also to related broad societal and ethical issues, for example surrounding information governance and the wider information society, and are equipped with complementary critical skills, which assist them when applying the tools of information science in real-world practice.

Additionally, students benefit from UCL's central London location, which provides diverse opportunities for information-related research and collaboration with various London institutions.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, individual supervision, computer laboratory practicals and classroom practicals, with an emphasis on both theoretical principles and practical skills. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, examination, and practical work in terms 1 and 2 and a dissertation in term 3.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7679 7204