Information Science



Message to all students in the Department of Information Science: 2023

A hearty welcome to all our 2023 students. We wish you well for 2023 and may you experience joy and success in your studies. Below follows the approach we will follow in 2023 with regard to our classes:

We plan to use on-campus classes for all undergraduate classes. Semester tests and exams will be on campus. Undergraduate, on-campus lecturing will be used to address practical, cognitive and affective skills and experiences that can enrich students’ learning and reinforce skills and knowledge and the social value of class attendance. Ensure that you benefit from these experiences.

Our honours classes will mostly be online with hybrid options depending on the needs of the degree programme. Details will be provided by the individual programmes.


The Department of Information Science is unique in South Africa. We offer three main programmes with courses relevant to the trends of the information and knowledge age and economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Information Science , Multimedia and Publishing Studies .

Some of the areas in which we specialise include Knowledge Management, Virtual Reality, and Electronic Publishing. In addition to under- and postgraduate programmes in these areas, we also offer a Masters degree in Information Technology (specialising in Library and Information Science).

We are one of the largest departments offering Information Science in the Republic of South Africa; we are also the only department in the country that offers Publishing at undergraduate level (in addition to postgraduate studies) and the only department that offers Multimedia (specifically Multimedia Programming, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level). Our undergraduate and honours programmes in Information Science include Competitive Intelligence and Information and Knowledge Management. We value the relevance and currentness of our knowledge and courses.

We are very proud of our relationship with the departments of Informatics and Computer Science – our sister departments in the School of Information Technology, and we are also very proud to be part of the iSchools Orgnization.

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