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What is Information Science?

Where technology, people, and organisations meet

Information Science is the study of information – and how people use it within organisations. Information systems play a vital role in just about everything we do.

It focusses on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used by people to manage information within businesses and organisations. This includes information collection, processing, storage and retrieval, presentation, and the communication of information.

Information Science helps shape the world

Choose a career that is personally rewarding, stimulating and varied – one where you have the opportunity to make a difference. Our graduates don’t just go on to become software developers. Information Science covers many areas and niches – from data analysis to social media.

Read about what some of our alumni are doing – and discover the diverse range of career opportunities in this industry. Graduates with information science skills are in high demand.

Information Science is changing rapidly

Technology drives some of these changes. For example, the rapid adoption of mobile devices over the past few years has created opportunities for new applications and business models.

Organisational or business needs drive other changes. For example, in a connected world, businesses increasingly need to manage their supply chains as large-scale coordinated networks. There is also greater demand for more "intelligent" information systems.

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