Information Design & Development (MSc)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online

  • Application Closing Date:

    1st September 2022

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.


Computer Science

All part-time programmes at MTU Cork 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 2021-2022 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
This is typically paid in 3 instalments, €2,100 for each stage.
Non EU Applicants - please click here for information

This programme is available online only. All classes are delivered over the Internet.


Students may study the MSc in Information Design & Development in three stages and on successful completion will be awarded the following:


Stage 1: Certificate in Information Design & Development (30 ECTS )
Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Information Design & Development (60 ECTS)


On successful completion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, students may proceed to Stage 3: Master of Science in Information Design & Development (90 ECTS).


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.



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).


MTU Cork'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 MTU Cork’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 of Delivery

Part-time Online
No of weeks per semester: 13
No of timetable hours week: 6
Which days: Normally two nights a week


The MSc. in Information Design and Development is delivered and accessed fully online using state of the art Cloud based virtualisation technologies. Learning technologies such as Canvas and Zoom are some of the systems that are used to deliver this innovative programme. Lectures are delivered online by night and streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback to students.


This method of delivery allows students to participate on the programme from anywhere in the world allowing them to avail on continuous professional development in the field of information development of technical communications. The programme offer 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)


Full details of the modules on this programme of study is available by clicking the following link:
Master of Science in Information Design & Development

  • Online application is open for course commencing September 2022.
  • 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. Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
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