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Study a graduate program in information studies

What will I study graduate program in information studies?

Information studies is centrally concerned with identifying, organising, evaluating, storing and disseminating information in the most effective and efficient manner. It involves understanding how organisations work, and how information strategies must take into account people's needs and behaviour. You will use information systems and information technology to maximise information resources to meet organisational and individual requirements.

Graduates from an information studies course acquire theoretical and practical knowledge which they will be able to apply in organisations of all kinds.

Reflecting the complexity of the field, graduate programs in information studies  offer a carefully chosen mix of social, management and technical aspects, such as information society, organisational learning and behaviour, information systems modelling and even website design.

Length of program

Graduate programs in information studies last the following duration in each country, although this may change depending on the options you choose:

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

As postgraduate courses in information studies are so varied, it is possible to join a course from a variety of different disciplines. It is unlikely you will have to have had a particular undergraduate course to get into graduate study.

If you choose to study somewhere with a different first language from your own, you may have to take a language test before you are admitted.

Career development

The emphasis of information studies graduate programs is usually on encouraging the development of a blend of knowledge, skills and awareness which will enable effective mediation between information users, resources and information systems in specific organisational contexts.

After completing, graduates from information studies courses may go on to take up a specialist information management position - such as Chief Information Officer, Information Systems Manager, Knowledge Manager or Corporate Planner, to name but a few possibilities - but more broadly you will gain a solid foundation for taking up a variety of work roles in this rapidly changing industry.

Fees and funding

The cost of information studies graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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