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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250

Application date

  • All applicants: 15 June 2014
  • Scholarship applicants: 15 December 2013

More details in Application section.

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.

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:


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

Scholarships available for this department

David Tebbutt Scholarship

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.

Information Studies Scholarships

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.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

This is awarded to the most distinguished of the candidates for the MA in Archives and Records Management.

Wiley Scholarship

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.

Vickery Bursaries

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.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

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.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Candidates who are applying for funding should submit their applications by 15 December 2013.

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

Next steps


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Hannah Iles

, 2013

Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Faculty: Arts and Humanities