UCL Qatar

Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

We are now accepting online applications to our Archaeology, Conservation and Museum Studies Master's programmes for entry on 30 August 2015. Our application deadline is 1 May 2015. Please follow the 'Apply Now' link below to submit an application.

The application process for our Library Studies and Diploma programmes is currently closed and will open in late 2014.

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Library and Information Studies MA

AVAILABILITY

Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years

OVERVIEW

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.

COURSE STRUCTURE 

This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take six compulsory modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory Modules
  • Cataloguing and Classification 1
  • Collection Management and Presentation
  • Information Sources and Retrieval
  • Introduction to Management
  • Principles of Computing and Information Technology
  • Professional Awareness
Optional Modules
Subject to availability and demand, options may include:
  • Cataloguing and Classification 2
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Information Literacy
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Publishing Today
  • Services to Children and Young People
  • Web Publishing
Dissertation

All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 10-12,000 words.

Internships

The professional practice element of the MA Library and Information Studies programme provides placement opportunities for each student on the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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).

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.

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS 

A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

APPLY ONLINE

Applications can be submitted online.