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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

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)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 January 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

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 Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

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

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

Options

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

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Library and Information Studies MA

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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Value:
Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Information Studies Scholarships

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

Value:
£1,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Vickery Bursaries

Value:
£3,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

Wiley Scholarship

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees plus internship(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding 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

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

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