Information & Communication Studies

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA Arts (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

CAO Code: DN520 BA Arts
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

Leaving Certificate:

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

DN520 – English, Irish, A third Language, Three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

Information plays a key role in all aspects of life – in business, government, society and the life of the individual. Knowing how to create, manage, share, find and use digital information is more relevant than ever before. Information & Communication Studies gives you a chance to explore the ways companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Google and Apple utilise the interplay of people, information, technology and social structures to succeed in today’s digital world.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Information & Social Computing is relevant for careers in:

  • Web design and development
  • Social media
  • Social computing
  • User experience design
  • Investigative research
  • Publishing
  • Digital marketing
  • Business

Graduates can progress to the Master of Information Systems (MSc), which prepares students for careers in human-computer interaction, usability, user experience, user research and information systems-related professions, or the Master of Library & Information Studies (MLIS), which prepares students for careers including librarianship, information consulting and digital media management. They can also pursue research careers in the form of an MA and PhD. Graduates can also progress to a Master’s of Digital Information Management, which prepares students for careers in digital curation and data management.

What Will I Study

First Year

All first year social sciences students study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century. Additional modules may include:

  • Introduction to Information & Communication Studies
  • Information and Social Media
  • Digital Judgement: Truth, Lies & the Internet
  • Information Design
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus an Elective module.

Second Year

  • Advanced Information Skills for Problem Solving
  • Social Computing & Media
  • Organisation and Retrieval of Information
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Social Studies of ICTs
  • Information & Collaboration in Organisations
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules.

Third Year

  • The Digital Self; Information Ethics
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Web Publishing
  • Managing Information Technology for Information Professionals
  • Information Architecture: Designing the Web
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules.
  • Internship or Study Abroad.

Fourth Year

This year offers a range of specialist module options aimed at preparing you for a career or further study in your chosen subject area.

Students attend lectures and tutorials and undertake independent study and project work. Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment, including a wide variety of digital projects, such as blogging and writing smartphone applications.

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First Year
Second – Third Year

How Will I Study

Information & Communication Studies (BSc Social Sciences)

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Information & Communication Studies (BA Arts)

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International Study Opportunities

Students may study abroad for a year or a semester. Destinations include the USA, Australia, China and Canada. Students studying Information and Communications Studies with Chinese will study abroad for their third year.


“Information and Communication Studies gave me a better understanding of how information influences all aspects of society, particularly in business. It also gave me practical tools to analyse data and create meaning from it. My current role, as a Media Associate in Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, involves liaising with agencies, on digital and offline media planning and buying. In my work, an understanding of the media landscape and keen attention to detail is vital. The skills and knowledge I gained from my studies have helped me in my career and they have also made me a more informed digital citizen.”

Melanie O’Donovan Joint Major Information & Communication Studies and Sociology 2016

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