Library and Information Studies MA


Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years


The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar has become the first-degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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 a 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

Knowledge Organisation and Access Collection Management Information Sources and Retrieval Introduction to Management Principles of Computing and Information Technology Professional Awareness Dissertation

Optional Modules Subject to availability and demand, options may include:

Interdisciplinary Methods for the Study of Cultural Heritage Introduction to Archives and Preservation Library Systems and Data Management Islamic Manuscripts Digital Resources in the Humanities The Book in the World Information Literacy Services to Children and Young People


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


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.


For 2016 entry, the Library and Information Studies MA has a tuition fee of QAR 99,900.


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


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