SKILLS & COMPETENCES
The Information Studies degree (Msc in Information Studies) will provide skills and competences in the following domains:
- User Research and Stakeholder Analysis
- System Design and -Development
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Information Architecture
- User-oriented Testing and Development
- Information Behaviour
- User Interface Design
- User Experience Management
- ICT, Learning and Cooperation
Like all other programs at Aalborg University, the Information Studies programme follows the Problem-Based Learning approach, which means that all teaching is organised around real-world cases and problems. Every semester students focus on a semester-spanning project where they research, design, develop, and evaluate solutions to real-world problems related to the use of IT systems in companies and organizations together with an external or internal client. This way, students develop a strong portfolio of project work that documents their ability to engage with and solve problems related to the many ways people interact with IT systems in different contexts. Through their semester projects and the different elective courses, students have the opportunity to specialise in specific organisations, domains, and contexts.
The Master’s program in Information Studies is fully international: all teaching materials, lectures, group work, course communication, and exams are in English. The program is open to both Danish and international students. For more information about admission requirements and procedures, please consult this page.
The Master’s programme in Information Studies is a two-year program divided into four semesters, which start in September and February. Students will be able to specialise their education through workshop, semester projects, and elective courses. The figure below shows a visual overview of the structure of the four semesters; below you will find more detailed information about each of the semesters.
SEMESTER 1: USER studies and information behaviour
The main theme of the first semester is on the role of the user in ICT systems: analysing existing user practices and involving them in the design and development of new systems and the improvement of existing ones. In addition, students will be introduced to methods for online data collection and analysis as well as the problem-based learning approach used at Aalborg University.
Research & methods in information studies (10 ECTS)
The module introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods for data collection and analysis in information studies. This includes an introduction to the ethical and legal principles and challenges of data collection and analysis.
Semester project: user studies and information behaviour (10 ECTS)
The module will teach students how to study users and their interaction(s) with information and ICT systems in context. Students will be introduced to different stages of user involvement, as well as data-driven research methods for data collection, processing, analysis, and visualisation in relation to the areas of user research and information behaviour. This includes acquisition and application of knowledge on digital practice, organisational culture, digital culture and cognitive, emotional aspects on the level of individuals, groups and organisations.
theories & traditions in information studies (10 ECTS)
The module introduces students to the central theories and research traditions in the field of information science, including theories on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design and information architecture, information seeking, behaviour, and practice, as well as theories on digital collaboration and learning.
SEMESTER 2: DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN OF ICT
Where students will focus on theoretical and methodical aspects of knowledge and formalization in relation to ICT and human-computer-interaction (HCI). As on the previous semester, students will employ a problem-based approach to courses:
Semester projeCt: Development and Design of ICT (20 ECTS)
The module deals with theories and methods for design and development of ICT systems. It introduces key design approaches, processes and tools and incorporates functional, aesthetic, experiential and learning design principles. The focus is on the interaction between user and technology, as well as deployment including understanding and organisation of social practices, policies and cultures around ICT systems.
Elective course (10 ECTS)
In addition to the other two courses, students can choose an elective course. In previous years the 2nd semester has offered elective courses on topics like collective intelligence, etc.
SEMESTER 3: INFORMATIon StudieS IN PRACTICE
The focus of the third semester is on how human-centered informatics research should be applied in the real-world situations. You can instead of the practice internship module Information Studies In Practice choose the modul of Theoretical Information Science Course.
Information Studies in Practice (30 ECTS)
The theme of the module is the practical reality of information studies. The main component of the module is a minimum 13 weeks (full time) practice oriented work placement, where students collaborate on solving an issue on the basis of Information Studies in a relevant company, organisation or institution. The idea is for students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the concrete work reality that this programme is directed towards. The work practice will be elucidated in a written report on the basis of the theory and methods of the entire study programme.
Theoretical information science course (30 ECTS)
The module deals with the theoretical and methodological basis of the field of information science. The main component of the module is a theoretical and methodically oriented course in which the student works independently with a current problem in the field of information science. The intention is that the student develops an awareness of and insight in discussing and communicating a scientific problem. The student's work culminates in a scientific article that places the scientific problem in an subject field, explains the theoretical and methodological framework as well as the academic contribution.
SEMESTER 4: MASTER’S THESIS
During the fourth semester students will work on their Master’s thesis. The content of the module will be partly direct supervision from a thesis supervisor, but also counselling regarding the academic, methodological and theoretical approach to the thesis and partly teaching on a selected group of research- and methodology related topics.
Please consult the study regulation for more details about the courses taught during the two-year Master’s programme.