Library and Information Studies MA
Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years
UCL Qatar’s Library and Information Studies MA is identical to the programme offered at UCL’s Department of Information Studies in London – the UK’s premier facility for the teaching of library and information studies. Our programme comprises an additional focus on Qatar and the regional context in which students will operate as professionals, through case studies and work placement opportunities. Students are given a thorough grounding in the key theoretical and practical skills required to work as a leading library or information professional and will develop a broad skill-set with particular focus on library and information management, collection building, cataloguing and classification.
This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take six compulsory modules (15 credits each), two optional modules (15 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Cataloguing and classification 1
- Collection management and preservation
- Information sources and retrieval
- Introduction to management
- Principles of computing and information technology
- Professional awareness
Subject to availability and demand, options may include:
- Advanced preservation
- Cataloguing and classification 2
- Creation and capture of archival records
- Database systems analysis and design
- Digital resources in the humanities
- Electronic publishing
- Historical bibliography
- Manuscript studies
- Publishing Today
- Services to children and young people
- Web publishing
All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 12-15,000 words.
The professional practice element of the MA Library and Information Studies programme provides placement opportunities for each student on the course.
For admission to this MA, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another international qualification of an equivalent standard.
Candidates are normally expected to have gained at least one year of relevant work experience within a library or information services position. A graduate traineeship or internship is preferred, but other kinds of work, for example as a library or information assistant, may also be considered. Casual work in a library, such as shelving, is not usually regarded as appropriate.
Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (6.5 overall including a minimum of at least 6.0 in each of the four subtests) and TOEFL IBT (92 overall including at least 24 in reading and writing and at least 20 in speaking and listening).
WHY CHOOSE UCL QATAR
Students at UCL Qatar benefit from truly exceptional facilities including advanced and highly equipped teaching spaces. UCL Qatar is rapidly building an extensive publications collection focussing on cultural heritage, librarianship and information studies. Dedicated IT and library professionals are on hand to support students, in addition to academic and teaching staff.
More broadly, Qatar is developing a world class Qatar National Library, providing important collaborative opportunities for students.
A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit.
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