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Contact details

Mr Brett Kershaw

Email: b.kershaw@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +974 4457 8688

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

QAR95,875 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

QAR95,875 (FT)

Departmental funding and scholarship opportunities are available. All successful candidates are eligible for consideration.

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

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UCL Qatar

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Library and Information Studies (UCL Qatar) MA

Qatar has a bold vision to become a Knowledge Society. It is also committed to developing a world-class Qatar National Library (QNL) which will ‘bridge with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future’. This ground-breaking MA programme aims to nurture a world-class cadre of library and information professionals and train the future leaders of the sector.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MA mirrors the academic programme offered at UCL in London, within the Qatari context. The programme provides students with an awareness of current issues and trends in library and information work; fosters understanding of the processes by which information is produced, disseminated, controlled and recorded; gives possession of the theoretical basis of the discipline; and equips students with practical skills for the identification, location, management and organisation of information.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme will be delivered within the broader context provided by the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library, and the growing cultural and information environment in Qatar.

The programme will be delivered by dedicated UCL Qatar staff, with input from UCL Information Studies staff in London, the UK’s largest Department of Information Studies with an international research reputation and rated by both The Times and The Guardian newspapers as the best information school in the UK.

Accreditation is being sought by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

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 dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

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


  • Students choose two optional modules from the following (subject to availability):
  • Advanced Preservation
  • Cataloguing and Classification II
  • Creation and Capture of Archival Records
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Publishing News
  • Services to Children and Young People
  • Web Publishing


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

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, private reading, seminars, practical classes, small group work, group project work, computer laboratory sessions, essay writing, and independent research. Students can access and use the virtual learning environment (Moodle) at UCL, which provides the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of UCL staff both in London and Qatar. Intensive short courses will also be delivered by visiting staff from UCL Information Studies (in London) Assessment takes a variety of forms including: essays, portfolios, prepared practical work, individual and group project work, report writing, policy writing, presentations, peer assessment and the dissertation. There is also a written examination, attached to the professional awareness module, and accounting for 50% of the marks.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally at least a second-class Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of equivalent rank.

Students should normally have a minimum of one year’s experience in a relevant field, but those who do not will be able to acquire relevant experience in a range of other ways.

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

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2013. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for graduates with some experience in a related field who wish to form the cohort of dedicated library and information professionals in Qatar, the region or beyond.

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 Qatar
  • 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 with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Graduates will be able to work in a wide network of settings including school libraries, libraries based in government ministries, and many more libraries in institutions such as museums and societies, and countless business libraries and archives.

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

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