Digital Policy, Certificate | Part time online | University College Dublin | Ireland
4 months
3200 EUR/full
920 EUR/full
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With support from Microsoft Ireland, UCD’s School of Information and Communication studies is establishing the Microsoft-UCD Digital Policy Programme offered by University College Dublin with the goal of building digital policy training and capability in Ireland and Europe. 

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The Digital Policy programme from UCD School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin  mixes the abstract and the applied with core modules from the School of Information and Communication Studies and optional modules from other Schools in the College of Social Sciences and Law (COSSL) and Computer Science. This programme introduces students to basic concepts and issues in digital policy, giving a historical and critical understanding of how to theorise digital objects and environments by learning to situate them in perspectives such as platform capitalism, governance, data infrastructures, information analytics, interface critique and software studies.

The Professional Certificate in Digital Policy is designed to prepare graduates for careers in evaluating, implementing, and studying core topical, theoretical, and methodological issues that arise in digital policy today. The course will take a multi-disciplionary approach to investigating the institutional and public policy dimensions of the prevalence of digital technology, as well as the underlying social conditions (economic, political, and cultural) and public/private sector contexts that give rise to such technologies and their governance. Content will include lectures and hands-on exercises by academics, representatives from digital industries, and representatives of of civil society.

Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand both theoretical and applied issues in digital policy
  • Demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge of digital technologies and their implications for socio-political life
  • Understand the dilemmas and tensions involved in regulating digital technologies

Applying knowledge and understanding

  • Critically appraise evidence from research papers concerning topics in digital policy
  • Critically evaluate existing digital policies and policy proposals and their limitations

Making judgements

  • Systematically analyse the research literature in a key area of digital policy as part of their dissertation
  • Decide, under guidance, on appropriate methodology and materials to be analysed for their dissertation

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Policy Issues & Trends
  • To obtain additional information about the program, we kindly suggest that you visit the programme website, where you can find further details and relevant resources.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

Full Time option suitable for:

  • Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
  • The course is designed as a brief overview to some of the academic, government, civil society, and industry perspectives on contemporary digital policy issues.  Individuals with professional experience who wish to get a broader perspective on digital policy issues and trends would benefit from this course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3200 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3200 EUR for the full programme during 4 months.
  • EU/EEA

    920 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 920 EUR for the full programme during 4 months.


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