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Library and Information Studies (UCL Qatar) MA

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 aims to nurture a world-class cadre of library professionals and train the future leaders of the sector.

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 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£TBC (FT) £TBC (PT)
Overseas:
£TBC (FT) £TBC (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 September 2015

Entry Requirements

A second-class Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject from a UK university or an international qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

English language requirement: Standard

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 provides students with an awareness of current issues and trends in library and information work. It fosters understanding of the processes by which information is produced, disseminated, controlled and recorded, and equips students with practical skills for the identification, location, management and organisation of information.

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). Students complete all modules except the dissertation.

Core Modules

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

Options

  • Information Literacy
  • Web Publishing
  • Services to Children and Young People
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Cataloguing and Classification II
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Students choose <b>two</b> optional modules from the following (subject to availability):

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 102–12,000 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. Except for short courses, all programmes are delivered in afternoon sessions. 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.

Funding

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

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and is a sister programme to the MA Library and Information Studies at UCL Department of Information Studies, London, the UK’s largest school of its kind.

Students have the opportunity to network with leading library professionals from Qatar and the region and will undertake a placement in a local or international library.

Qatar is investing heavily in its libraries infrastructure and capacity building. This is an exceptionally exciting period for students and professionals who are looking to develop their career in the region.

Student / staff ratios › 18 staff › 80 taught students › 8 research students

Department: UCL Qatar

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?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-09-01

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 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.

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