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Information Design & Development (MSc)

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    Masters Degree

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  • Application Closing Date:

    14th September 2018

Admission Requirements:

Applicants who hold a Level 8 degree in any discipline are eligible to apply for the MSc in Information Design and Development programme.

Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Course summary

CIT's MSc in Information Design and Development is delivered and accessed fully online using state of the art Cloud based technologies. Lectures are delivered online by night and streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback to students. The programme offers great flexibility to students as they can access their lectures and labs anytime, anywhere on any device that has a Web browser.


Computer Science

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


Course fee

Master of Science:

EU Applicants: €6,300
Non EU Applicants - please click here for information

The programme is delivered allowing students to exit at stage 1, 2 or 3:
► Stage 1: Certificate in Information Design & Development (30 ECTS, €2,100)
► Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Information Design & Development (30 ECTS, €2,100)
► Stage 3: Master of Science in Information Design & Development (30 ECTS, €2,100)

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.

Duration & Delivery

24 months (4 Semesters) is the minimum duration (online delivery)


Information Developers are individuals who bridge the gap between subject matter experts and that of the end user. The role of information developers is becoming increasingly important given that society is being driven by technology and information developers provide the voice in communicating how issues incorporating technology are framed and developed. The Society of Technical Communication (STC) define information developers or technical communicators as individuals that communicate using an instruction based focus on technical or specialised topics using technology. In essence, information development and technical communications ensures that designs, products, systems and methodologies are documented and conveyed to their target audience to maximise its business value to the organisation.

Information Developers ensure that information about designs, products, systems, and methodologies is documented and conveyed to the target audience to maximise the business value for the organisation. A professional Master's degree programme in Information Design and Development provides students with the opportunity for an in-depth study of advanced rhetorical, compositional theories, project management, and the technical skills necessary to lead in designing, composing, managing and editing content using a standardised methodological approach. The programme reflects the fact that Information Developers require skills within a nexus of competing discourse communities (such as engineering, science, business, and humanities).

CIT's Department of Computer Science has developed this unique and innovative Masters degree in consultation with industry experts from Tyco,  EMC,  VCE,  VMware, TWi, IBM, Bárd Na Gleann, Intel Security and many others . This online only programme aims to provide graduates with advanced conceptual understanding, detailed factual knowledge, and specialist technical skills that are required to work as a professional Information Developer/Technical Writer. Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to meet the challenges associated with the major changes currently occurring in the IT industry. In this context the programme covers both theoretical background and practical design considerations. Lectures are delivered live using Adobe Connect and are recorded for later playback. Online labs are available 24/7 using CIT’s world-class private cloud environment and each student will receive a Virtual PC with all necessary software installed. Our online students are based in Ireland, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Venezuela, USA and many other countries. A continuous assessment model is used and there is no requirement to travel to Cork Institute of Technology to sit final examinations.

On successful completion of the Master's programme graduates will have the knowledge, skills and competencies to design and develop technical documents using a structured methodological approach. In addition, they will have the ability to work in the field of information development across different type of industries and will be able to successfully plan and manage projects that require technical documentation. By employing a range of research methodologies developed throughout the programme, graduates will also be able to demonstrate expertise and engagement with the scholarship of information development.

Duration & Delivery

24 months (4 semesters) is the minimum duration.

The MSc in Information Design and Development is delivered and accessed fully online using state of the art Cloud based technologies. Lectures are delivered online by night and streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback to students. The programme offers great flexibility to students as they can access their lectures and labs anytime, anywhere on any device that has a Web browser.


Master of Science in Information Design & Development (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

(Single module certification is possible)


Further Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Mandatory module (M), Elective module (E)

Stage 1 / Semester 1 (20 Credits)



XML in Technical Communication





Information Design & Development 



Stage 1 / Semester 2 (20 Credits)



Information Strategy 





Multimedia Production





Information Experience







Stage 2 / Semester 1 (20 Credits)



Document Project Management





Emerging Technological Trends




Sample electives, pick one:



Information Analytics





Scripting for System Admin





Stage 2 / Semester 2 (30 Credits)



Info Dev Research Project            





Module Descriptions

XML in Technical Communication (SOFT9020) 10 Credits
Extensible Markup Language (XML) has had a huge impact on software development, data representation and interchange, and its application in the field of technical communications is now growing in importance. XML provides a platform-independent and vendor-neutral method for creating and publishing documentation that can be easily transformed into a variety of output formats. This module aims to develop students’ skills in XML and, in particular, Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), which is an XML language designed specifically for technical communications.

Information Design & Development (COMP9042) 10 Credits
This module focuses on developing skills to enable information developers design and develop technical documents. Students will learn how to create, write and present clear and effective scientific and technical documents. Students will also learn to design and develop a design template and apply a styling convention using best practices.

Information Strategy (COMP9041) 5 Credits
The primary focus of this module is to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable students to successfully plan and manage an information development strategy. After completing this module, students will be able to evaluate the strategic value of adopting a structured content and authoring approach, with the aim of optimising an organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Multimedia Production (MMED8025) 5 Credits
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an introduction to media production technologies and practices. The module also aims to extend skills in communicating to a target audience using rich media applications. It provides learners with an understanding of the structural, conceptual, and practical design issues related to rich media solutions.

Information Experience (COMP9043) 10 Credits
Users construct, access, receive, and interpret information through multiple touchpoints and delivery systems. By providing the right information experience, information developers can improve the usability of a product or application, which enhances user satisfaction. This module presents the theory of human information interaction and how presentation and situation affect the end-user experience. This module also outlines the main methods to finding information, the approaches to integration of information, and the evaluation of the overall end-user experience.

Document Project Management (COMP9044) 10 Credits
Topic-based design and development in technical communications has introduced new complexities in project management. This module focuses on how to estimate, schedule, and track documents designed and implemented using topics in a collaborative work environment. The module also includes the quality activities that are required to ensure that the documentation produced is accurate and aligned to the intended audience.

Emerging Technological Trends (COMP8045) 5 Credits
This module will look at emerging technological trends, enabling information developers to work more effectively with new products and technologies.

Information Analytics (COMP8046) 5 Credits
In Information Analytics a learner will use a range of analytical techniques to gain valuable insights from data for a specific application domain. The module will focus on the application of machine learning techniques that facilitate the identification of trends and patterns in data over time.

Scripting for System Admins (COMP8037) 5 Credits
System adminstrators in an organisation are generally responsible for the provisioning, operation and maintenance of hardware and software and related infrastructure. As part of their role they automate tasks using scripts which are computer programs designed for a particular Operating System (OS). This module will address the scripting skills that System administrators need to help them perform their daily tasks.

Information Development Research Project (COMP9045) 30 Credits
Learners must undertake advanced, independent, added-value research work through self-directed learning. Learners must develop and implement appropriate research methods and techniques to address the research problem. Learners are required to identify how the work contributes to furthering knowledge in the specific field of research. Learners must disseminate the research work and research outcomes through an oral presentation, poster presentation, and submission of a thesis.

Detailed module information is available at the links below. Please note that these links contain schedules to a possible full-time on campus delivery of the programme over three semesters. As this programme is currently only offered part-time online the four semester schedule listed above applies.



  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.
EU Applicants: Certificate in Information Design & Development
EU Applicants:Postgraduate Diploma in Information Design & Development
EU Applicants: Master of Science in Information Design & Development
Non-EU Applicants: 









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