Taught course

Knowledge, Information and Data Science

UCL - University College London · Information Studies

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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, and in particular should have some experience of computer programming.

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.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

This programme (formerly called MSc Information Science) is for computationally and mathematically literate graduates wishing to study modern approaches to knowledge, information and data science. Emphasis is placed on current industry practice, theory 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.

You will benefit from the stimulating academic environment of the Department of Information Studies (DIS). This programme is closely aligned with the Knowledge, Information and Data Science (KIDS) research group. Teaching staff are research active and supervise doctoral students in closely related topics.

As a member of DIS, you will also benefit from a very broad range of expertise among other academic staff of the department, who teach and undertake research in library studies, digital humanities, archives and record management and publishing. You will thus be exposed not only to the technical aspects of knowledge, information and data science but also to broad societal and ethical issues related, for example, to information governance and the wider information society. You will therefore be equipped with complementary critical skills that will assist you when applying the methods and tools you will learn in real-world practice.

Additionally, you will benefit from UCL's global reputation as a centre of academic excellence and its 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
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 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