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Ms Kerstin Michaels

Email: k.michaels@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2107

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,750 (FT)

English, Welsh and Northern Irish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Scottish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Information Studies

Key facts

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Library and Information Studies MA

The Library and Information Studies MA provides the ideal foundation for career progression in library or information work. The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) as a qualification for entry into the profession.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme prepares students for professional practice in the field of library and information studies. It equips them with the practical skills required for the identification, location, management and organisation of information and information stores, and fosters an understanding of the processes by which information is produced, disseminated, controlled and recorded.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Information Studies combines the best of traditional library and archive studies with the latest developments in internet technologies and electronic communication and publishing.

It brings together an outstanding team of researchers, teachers, students, practitioners and information industry leaders to understand, develop and shape the emerging information environment while elucidating and building on the historical developments that have created this environment.

Students benefit from UCL's central London location, close to major libraries and repositories which house many important collections of books, including the British Library and the Senate House Library of the University of London.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-5 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Cataloguing and Classification 1
  • Collection Management and Preservation
  • Information Sources and Retrieval
  • Introduction to Management
  • Principles of Computing and Information Technology
  • Professional Awareness


  • Advanced Preservation
  • Cataloguing and Classification 2
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Publishing Today
  • Records Management
  • Services to Children and Young People
  • Web Publishing


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer laboratory practicals and classroom practicals, with a strong emphasis on informal teaching and the acquisition of practical skills. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, examination and practical assignments such as website design and the creation of indexing tools.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Normally a year of full-time employment or its equivalent in a recognised library or information service.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications for the Diploma or MA programmes must be submitted by 15 December in the year preceding that for which entry is sought. Where practicable, all suitably qualified applicants are interviewed.

Who can apply?

The MA is a broad-based programme, and the skills that graduates learn are intended to apply to a wide range of jobs within the field of library and information studies. The general framework of the programme allows plenty of scope for students to follow their particular subject interests.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Library and Information Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Library and Information Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally and/or academically with your degree


This programme provides a professional qualification in librarianship and studies, recognised by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals as a qualification for entry to the professions.

Places of employment of recent students include: Bishopgate Institute, British Architectural Library, the British Library, the British Museum, Cambridge University Library, Central School of Speech and Drama, Condé Nast, Courtauld Institute, Deutsche Bibliothek, Eton College, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, the Guardian, Inner Temple Library, London Borough of Barnet, Ministry of Defence, National Art Library, National Maritime Museum, the National Trust, Trinity College of Music, University College School and West Sussex County Library.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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