Library and Information Studies (UCL Qatar) MA

Options: PG Diploma

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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: QAR98,825
  • UK/EU Part-time: QARTBC
  • Overseas Full-time: QAR98,825
  • Overseas Part-time: QARTBC

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 May 2014

More details in Application section.

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).

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). 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).

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:


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

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2014.

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 (UCL Qatar) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Library and Information Studies (UCL Qatar) 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 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.

The first cohort of students on the Library and Information Studies (UCL Qatar) MA are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Next steps


Mr Brett Kershaw

T: + 974 4457 8688


UCL Qatar

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