Library and Information Studies MA
- Mode of Study
The MA in Library and Information Studies is available in the following modes:
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
This MA can be studied as a full-time one year programme, or part-time over the course of two years. The part-time option is particularly suited to existing professionals who intend to maintain employment whilst pursuing further studies.
Part-time candidates take three compulsory modules and one optional module in Year One, and three compulsory modules and one optional module in Year Two. The dissertation is submitted at the end of Year Two.
- Entry Requirements
Bachelor's Degree For admission to this MA, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard. English Language
IELTS 6.5 overall (with no component below IELTS 6.0)
Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination.
There are no subject pre-requisites for entry, however candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied, via the personal statement section of the application form.
Relevant work experience will also be considered.
- Tuition Fees and Funding
The tuition fee for MA in Library and Information Studies 2018/19:
Full-time: 99,900 Qatari Riyals
Part-time: 49,950 Qatari Riyals
A number of scholarships are available for successful candidates. Funding is awarded on the basis of financial need. All offer holders are eligible to apply for funding. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar was the first degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally
accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar
provides access to a world class programme. UCL established the first programme
in librarianship in the UK in 1919.
The unique strength of the UCL Qatar
programme is the possibility to specialise according to a student’s specific
interests in management and leadership in libraries, Arabic and Islamic
librarianship or librarianship for the education sector. Students develop as
leading professionals through research-based learning and international work-placement
All students undertake a fully-funded two-week professional placement locally in Qatar or overseas. This opportunity enables students to apply course knowledge in a professional setting, to learn new methods and gain valuable work experience.
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).
- Collection Management
This course considers the development and monitoring of collection development, retention and preservation policies. Selection and acquisition principles, methods and processes; security policies and planning; storage policies and planning; use and users; evaluation and retention of collections; and preservation strategies and programmes, including substitution options and methods, risk assessment and control, collection care and an overview of conservation options. Issues relating to acquisition, access and preservation of electronic material and special issues relating to serials, interlibrary loan and document supply, financial issues, co-operation and resource sharing will be discussed. The module will be taught via lectures and discussions. Coursework will include a policy document and essay.
- Introduction to Management
Principal aspects covered include professional ethics and responsibilities; change management and strategic planning; appraisal and behavioural management; finance and budgeting; legal issues, marketing and promotion of services. Key management skills, team work, business writing, presentation and project management are developed. By the end of the course students will be able to identify a range of management skills relevant to the development and delivery of services in a library and information service context. They will be aware of the main areas of human resource management and of the management implications of a number of current issues affecting library and information service provision. Students will be able to apply a range of key management skills both within their studies and in the professional context. The module will be taught via lectures, practical exercises, group projects and presentations, seminars and practical work. Coursework will include a group presentation and a management briefing report.
- Knowledge Organisation and Access
Brief history of catalogue codes, in order to familiarize students with catalogues compiled under older rules and with the developing concepts of knowledge organisation. Development of International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) and Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR); nature and structure of AACR2 and Resource Description and Access (RDA); practical descriptive cataloguing; development of MARC format; practical cataloguing using MARC 21 format; nature of online catalogues and problems that arise in using them; cataloguing of Web resources; metadata; OPACs. Intellectual organization of knowledge and the physical arrangement of documents; principles underlying the design and construction of subject indexing tools; factors affecting subject access to documents both in physical and digital environments; how to identify the semantic content of documents; practical work in application of standards for subject description, specifically Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), and Library of Congress classification schemes. There will also be an introduction to Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), Resource Description Framework (RDF), and Bibframe. The module will be taught via lectures and practical classes. Coursework will include a policy document, short essay and various pieces of practical work.
- Professional Awareness
To foster awareness of professional identity and of the purpose and role of the professional librarian; to encourage a broad view of the professional skills as applicable to a variety of employment sectors; to promote an understanding of the relationships between the other courses in the programme; to identify pervasive trends in the profession; to promote awareness of current social and political issues; to support a critical and analytical approach to professional activity. The aim of the case study is to relate the theoretical knowledge acquired through the core courses of the programme to a specific real-life situation.
This is not an internship but an opportunity for those new to the profession to observe and learn at first hand its various operations and for those experienced in the profession to observe and learn new methods, procedures, and environments.
Previous work placements have included:
- Berkeley University of California, USA
- Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Firenze, Italy
- British Library, London, United Kingdom
- Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Long
- Imperial College London, United Kingdom
- Koc University Library, Turkey
- Lingnan University, Hong Kong
- Max Planck Digital Librar, Germany
- Museum of Islamic Art Library, Doha, Qatar
- National Library Singapore
- Northwestern University in Qatar
- Oregon State University, USA
- Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar
- Qatar University Library, Doha, Qatar
- Sabanci University, Turkey
- Texas A&M University at Qatar
- The Library of Congress, Washington, USA
- UCL Institute of Archaeology Library, London, United Kingdom
- University of Illinois Library, USA
- Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha, Qatar
- Yale University Library, USA
- Research Methods in Information and Library Science
This course offers an overview of multi-disciplinary research methods used for the study of museums, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. Students will be introduced to different research methods and types of data sources employed in scholarly museum, library and cultural heritage research. They will be invited to consider the strengths and weaknesses of these methods and consider their effectiveness when critically studying practice - in museums, libraries, and other heritage institutions. The aim of this module is to introduce students to different methods of documentation and critical assessment of museum and heritage practice, from the different vantage points of a number of overlapping disciplines and methodologies that have engaged with heritage practice. Each lecture and seminar aims to present a method, which is presented in a way that allows the students to understand how museum and critical heritage theory is shaped by practice.
The final goal of the module is to prepare students for the primary research that they will conduct in the context of other assignments or their dissertation, by also helping them define the best methodologies for their dissertation questions.
The dissertation is a piece of extended academic writing of 12,000 words. The dissertation element provides the students with the opportunity to pursue research according to an agenda of their own devising, on a topic relevant to the Master’s degree and decided in discussion with the Degree and Module Coordinators in Term 2. The Degree and Module Coordinators will advise on topics and suggest relevant supervisors and advisors. The dissertation allows students to utilise theoretical frameworks and methodologies learned through the Master’s degree, to develop data analysis skills and to explore in detail relevant topics of personal interest. These topics may be related to their placement, their place of work, and may act as a starting point for further PhD research.
Subject to availability and demand, options may include:
- Collections Care and Management
This course will examine in detail the care and management of museum collections. The aim of the course is to provide students with a solid foundation regarding theory and practice of collections care and management and it will cover a variety of topics, including documentation of objects and collections; collections management systems; agents of deterioration; environmental monitoring; evaluation of microenvironment and its effect on collections; preventive conservation; remedial conservation; pest management; risk assessment and management; disaster planning; security; managing loans; managing museum collections and storages; and widening access to collections.
On completion of the course the students will have a holistic understanding of the principles of collections care and management.
- Digital Resources in the Humanities
This course introduces students to a range of issues involved in the design, creation, management and use of electronic resources in the humanities. Topics include humanities resources on the Web, creating electronic resources, digital imaging, metadata systems, encoding and markup systems, electronic dictionaries, text analysis, user needs, and scholarly electronic publishing in the humanities. The overall aims are to familiarize students with the computing technologies and applications that are used in humanities research and teaching; to provide a basis for making informed choices in the design, management and use of digital resources in the humanities; to promote understanding of the areas where access, manipulation and analysis of digital resources can benefit research and teaching in the humanities. By the end of the course students will be able to identify and evaluate Web-based and other sources in electronic form for humanities research and teaching; create electronic resources as transcriptions and digital images, and understand the benefits and implications of these methodologies; assess the advantages and disadvantages of different delivery and publishing methods for electronic resources; understand how computers can be used for a range of research and teaching applications in the humanities; understand the principles and uses of text manipulation programs; and evaluate electronic scholarly publications in hypertextual form. The module will be taught via lectures and practical classes. Coursework will include an essay and practical project with commentary.
- Information Literacy
This module teaches students about the theories and concepts surrounding information literacy, a core skill needed for lifelong learning. This subject allows students to gain an understanding of the key theories and concepts surrounding information literacy and teaching and learning and learn the practical skills and knowledge needed to teach and promote information literacy in a range of contexts including workplaces, communities and educational institutions. The content of the course includes the following: definitions of information literacy and other literacies, including digital and visual; range of information literacy provision in schools, colleges, and universities, public libraries, health sector, and workplaces. The module will be taught via lectures and practical classes. Coursework will include an essay and report based on a practical project.
- Library Systems and Data Management
Students will be introduced to metadata creation, the importance of standards in data interchange, XML, content management systems, data management systems, integrated library management systems, open access concepts and open source systems. They will also learn about linked data, digital curation, Web and data analytics and metrics. The course assessments will include individual project work based on a body of data. Library technology and research methods have changed rapidly in the past decade and new skills, particularly in data management and the creation of institutional repositories of data, text, and images are in particular demand. This course will give students an understanding of current technologies and tools to curate and disseminate knowledge and provide access to re-sources held locally or globally. By the end of the module the students will possess a critical awareness of current technologies and an understanding the principles of database design, object oriented systems, conceptual data models (for example the Resource Description Framework) and the Semantic Web, design of web services and social media. This module is a short course comprised of lectures, practicals and group work. The coursework will include a review exercise, case report and essay.
- Services to children and young people
This course introduces the issues involved, skills required and principles underlying the provision of services to children and young people through school and public libraries. It seeks to build the students’ personal and transferable skills and competencies to meet the demands of a changing professional environment. Children and school Librarians have a significant role in enabling young people as independent and lifelong learners. Principal aspects covered include the impact of education, technological and political developments; understanding of child development; children’s reading, literacy and information skills; the nature of children’s literature; application and implications of ICT; assessment of stock, including illustration, non-book materials, selection and censorship issues; provision of resources for particular client-groups including special needs; the role of the School Library Support service; design of services and facilities for client-groups; promotion of libraries, literacy and reading enthusiasm. This module is a short course comprised of lectures and group work. The coursework will include a review exercise, case report and essay.
- The Book in the World
This module covers the purpose and use of bibliography and a brief history of its main proponents; the technique and the history of printing from the hand-press period to the digital era; the technique and history of vellum and paper making; the history of book production and illustration; the technique and history of bookbinding, including materials and processes, styles and designs of decoration, owners and collectors. Although the course focuses on European books it also surveys the history of the book in China and India, the Islamic Book and considers the book as a physical and cultural object.
Students will work on physical volumes of 18th and 19th century text and examine collation, binding, type, and paper. They will do page facsimiles of title pages of the books they work with and do a MARC record that would be up to Rare Book and RDA standards. They will also prepare descriptive records for a number of titles that will demonstrate their ability to research a text and provide information about its author, publishers, printers, and uniqueness.
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.
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.
Students at UCL Qatar benefit from outstanding facilities, including advanced and highly-equipped teaching spaces. Dedicated IT and library professionals are on hand to support students, in addition to academic and teaching staff.