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Contact details

Ms Kerstin Michaels

Email: k.michaels@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2107

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£4,400 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£15,750 (FT)

Funding may be available for this programme including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards, UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and British Council Scholarships.

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

More information

Prospectus Entry

Information Studies

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Library, Archive and Information Studies MRes

The MRes is a mid-career cross-domain qualification for librarians, archivists, records managers, museum curators and other information and cultural professionals who wish to develop their leadership, management and professional skills. It is also a research skills qualification for information and cultural professionals preparing for a higher research degree.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This is a flexible programme of study that develops leadership, management, information technology and professional skills. The programme can be tailored to individual development needs and, usually, related to students' current or future employment. It also offers the opportunity to develop research skills, either for further study or career development.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Information Studies is the only academic department in the UK with programmes which span the areas of library and information studies, archives and records management, electronic publishing, information management and information science, and students on the MRes programme have unparalleled opportunities for cross-domain work.

MRes students will have the opportunity to work with other academic groups at UCL, including the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching.

Students benefit from UCL's central London location, and premier library and information institutions, including the British Library, are within easy reach.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four optional modules (40%) and a research dissertation (60%).

Core Modules

  • All modules are optional.


  • Two options from the following fields of study:
  • Management Skills (in Library and Information or Archives and Records)
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Adult Learning and Professional Development

  • Plus two options from the following fields of study:
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Collection Management
  • Information Organisation and Retrieval
  • Information Services for Specialist Media or Users
  • Information Sources (in a chosen subject field)
  • Electronic Communication and Publishing
  • Preservation
  • Cultural Heritage


All students undertake an independent research project in an applied or theoretical area of information work, which culminates in a dissertation of 25,000 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. A first professional qualification and several years' relevant work experience is also required.

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 June for the year of entry, but candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. Candidates who are applying for funding should submit their applications by 15 December.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at mid-career professionals with several years experience in archives, records, library, museum or other cultural or information services. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other qualifications and experience may be admitted.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Library, Archive and Information Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Library, Archive 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


The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research, as a preparation for an MPhil or PhD, and enables career development of information professionals into senior and managerial roles.

Places of employment of recent students include:

  • Staffordshire County Council: Corporate Records Manager
  • National Library of Portugal: Deputy Director
  • University of Botswana: Lecturer

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

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