Library and Information Studies MA
Options: PG Diploma
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- All applicants: 20 December 2013
More details in Application section.
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.
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.
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:
English, Welsh and Northern Irish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Scottish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
Scholarships available for this department
Funded by the David Tebbutt Trust, the principal aim of the Trust is to further the education of those wishing to pursue a career in the publishing, writing and information industries, and related fields of activity.
These scholarships are open to part-time students who are employees of University of London libraries or of other libraries which provide placement opportunities for UCL Information Studies.
This is awarded to the most distinguished of the candidates for the MA in Archives and Records Management.
The Wiley Scholarship was founded in 2008 by the publishing company John Wiley & Sons. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential.
The Vickery bursaries are named in honour of Professor Brian Vickery, who was the Director of the School of Library, Archive & Information Studies from 1973 to 1983. They are awarded at the discretion of the Department of Information Studies.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Applications for the Diploma or MA programmes must be submitted by 20 December 2013. 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.
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