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Library and Information Studies MA

The Library and Information Studies MA provides the ideal foundation for career progression in library or information work. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), under its new Professional Knowledge and Skills Base mapping criteria, as a qualification for entry into the profession.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT)
Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 January 2015
Where practicable, all suitably qualified applicants are interviewed.

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. Normally a year of full-time employment or its equivalent in a recognised library or information service.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years, is offered.

Core Modules

  • Professional Awareness
  • Introduction to Management
  • Principles of Computing and Information Technology
  • Collection Management and Preservation
  • Information Sources and Retrieval
  • Cataloguing and Classification 1

Options

  • Publishing Today
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Cataloguing and Classification 2
  • Advanced Preservation
  • Web Publishing
  • Services to Children and Young People
  • Records Management

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer laboratory and classroom practicals, with a strong emphasis on active learning 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.

Funding

The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers offers a scholarship (fees) for a full-time Library and Information Studies MA student under the age of 25 years.

Scottish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Value:
Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU students applying to an MA in Publishing.

Information Studies Scholarships

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibillity: All eligible applicants for the programme will be considered for the award of this scholarship.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

Value:
£1,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students for MA in Archives and Records Management.

Wiley Scholarship

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees plus internship
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time UK/EU students of the MA in Publishing in the Department of Information Studies.

Vickery Bursaries

Value:
£3,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
All students who have been offered a place on the MA in Library & Information Studies for the 2014/15 academic year will be considered automatically.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Stanford University, Librarian, 2012,
  • Pinsent Masons LLP, IS Resources Executive, 2012,
  • Halcyon London International School, Librarian, 2013,
  • University of the Arts, London, Assistant Librarian (Systems and Electronic Information), 2013,
  • British Library, News Reference Specialist, 2013,

Employability

As a vocational Master's, this programme prepares students for employment in the sector, and, in most cases, for promotion from their pre-library school role as a library assistant to a qualified librarian role, such as senior library assistant, assistant librarian, librarian and library manager. Students occasionally choose careers in information provision, such as taxonomists and web designers. There are specialist employment agencies that place students in both short-term and permanent positions, so if students do not find their ideal post straight away, they usually find suitable employment while continuing to seek their ideal post.

Why 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. Networking opportunities include a two-week placement, journal club and speaker events, and guest lectures by professionals.

Student / staff ratios › 20 staff › 220 taught students › 30 research students

Department: Information Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-01-12
Where practicable, all suitably qualified applicants are interviewed.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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

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