BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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Information & Communication Studies (ICS) equips you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to help you to make sense of a world where every aspect of human experience is affected by digital technology, media, data, and information in all formats. ICS explores digital information, social media, and communication and analyses their effects on societies, culture, politics, privacy, health, education and the many different spheres of public, private and personal life. Ultimately, ICS is about people, and understanding how people and technology interact and influence each other in the 21st Century.
All first year social sciences students study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century. Additional modules may include:
Students in ICS take the core module Critical Research Skills, and choose from additional option modules including:
Third Year & Fourth Year
ICS students deepen their disciplinary knowledge and understanding by choosing specialist and experiential modules to reflect their interests and career goals, including:
In third year, students can apply for an optional paid internship for one trimester in a range of organisations in the public and private sector, which help to inform future career decisions through real-world experience.
Students attend lectures and tutorials and undertake independent study and project work. Assessment including a wide variety of digital projects.
|Study Information & Communication Studies (BSc Social Sciences)|
|Study Information & Communication Studies (BA Joint Honours)|
Students may study abroad for a year or a semester. Destinations include the USA, Australia, China and Canada.
Information & Social Computing is relevant for careers in: Web design and development, Social media, Social computing, User experience design, Investigative research, Publishing, Digital marketing and Business.
Graduates can progress to various Master’s courses:
Graduates can also pursue research careers by studying for a PhD.
“Information and Communication Studies (ICS) is a versatile and interesting course. It explores a broad range of topics such as data, communications, digitisation and social media and in turn how they all impact society. Some of my favourite modules have been information design, web UX evaluation and computer-mediated-communication. During my course, I have also taken elective modules that have complimented my studies including critical thinking, beginners Spanish, statistics and web design module. ICS also provides a good understanding of information, technology, social structures and digitisation in modern society and the skill skills I have developed will be highly sought after by employers.”
Gráinne Brennan, Student
UCD School of Information & Communication Studies,