UCL Qatar
كلية لندن الجامعية قطر


Two new programmes launched at UCL Qatar

29 July 2013


UCL Qatar is delighted to announce it is expanding its academic portfolio with the addition of two new programmes. Starting in October 2013, UCL Qatar will offer a one-year MA in Library and Information Studies, as well as a six-month Diploma in Academic Research and Methods (DARM), which is designed as a pre-Master’s qualification suitable for candidates who seek to continue on to graduate level study.

The MA in Library and Information Studies will be delivered in collaboration with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU). This partnership creates a unique opportunity to further establish Qatar as a regional centre for bibliography and research in the information sciences. Broader support will be provided by Qatar Foundation and the growing cultural and information environment in Qatar, as well as UCL’s Department of Information Studies in London.

Identical to the MA in Library and Information Studies programme offered at UCL Department of Information Studies, London, the programme is now accepting applications for its inaugural intake in October 2013. These can be submitted online via the UCL Qatar website until 1 September 2013. In 2014/15 the MA will be offered in collaboration with HBKU. The programme will be submitted for accreditation to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

The Diploma in Academic Research and Methods facilitates the transition from a variety of educational backgrounds into the taught research-oriented graduate courses offered by UCL Qatar, as well as to other postgraduate courses offered within Hamad bin Khalifa University. Specifically, the Diploma will develop students’ ability to write argumentative essays, take and use notes from a Master’s-level lecture, prepare for and participate in seminars, give academic presentations, and carry out independent research. This includes knowing how to analyse and evaluate sources that are referenced in their research.

Professor Thilo Rehren, Director of UCL Qatar, commented “We are extremely pleased to be launching these new programmes, which underscore the demand in Qatar for a wide range of high-level graduate study opportunities and pre-Master’s preparation training. Of particular excitement is the collaborative nature of these new programmes. We will work closely with Hamad bin Khalifa University and Qatar National Library in many aspects of the delivery of the courses. We expect graduates of the Library and Information Studies programme to be well-equipped to assume senior positions within the growing National Library, whilst Diploma candidates will be well-placed to go on to pursue further study at Master’s level.

UCL Qatar also offers Master’s programmes in archaeology, conservation and museum studies as well as PhD opportunities, attracting leading students from Qatar, the Arab region and beyond.

· Admissions and media queries regarding the new courses may be addressed to Mr Brett Kershaw, Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager for UCL Qatar, at b.kershaw@ucl.ac.uk.

· Further information about the MA in Library and Information Studies and the Diploma in Academic and Research Methods can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar/study from 31 July or by email request to Mr Brett Kershaw (above).