Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) is designed to prepare university graduates for careers in the library and information profession.

In the MLIS programme, you will learn how to organise, curate, disseminate and communicate information in local and global contexts. You will learn how to store, retrieve, and share information by understanding, applying, and designing best practices, standards and systems in the information world. You can also tailor your study to suit your career aspirations in pathways such as academic librarianship, public information services, and cultural institutions.

Careers & Employability

The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programme is accredited by the Library Association of Ireland and is recognised internationally. Students are qualified to work as library and information professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Recent graduates have dynamic careers as librarians in the higher education and the public sectors, as well as information officers in commercial settings.

ICS also has vibrant research programmes and activities. Some MLIS students continue their studies to take PhD or MLitt degrees at the School. 

Who should apply?

Full-Time option suitable for:

  • Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region: Yes

Part-Time option suitable for:

  • Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region: No

The MLIS programme comprises students of a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds. The programme is ideal for both recent graduates and those seeking a career change. It is also ideal for individuals with advanced academic degrees seeking a professional qualification.

Vision and Values Statement

The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies strives to educate students to become the leaders, policymakers, and designers of information systems and services in the evolving information society. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (GradDip) programmes instil professional ethics and social responsibility, foster lifelong continuing professional education, and provide opportunities for active engagement with diverse communities. Our modules are offered in face-to-face, blended, and online classrooms. Reflective practices and collaborative work constitute the core of our learning activities.

Programme Outcomes

  • Articulate knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies.
  • Assess users’ needs in diverse information environments and meeting community and societal needs, including information behaviour, users studies, needs analysis and other forms of active engagement.
  • Demonstrate management and teamwork competencies, including project management and leadership.
  • Develop and evaluate information lifecycle, including information seeking, evaluation, use, organisation and management.
  • Develop, manage and implement the research process in a professional context.
  • Discuss the evolving role of information professionals in cultural, corporate, governmental, and non-governmental institutions.
  • Engage in the discussion pertaining to ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use.
  • Use traditional and digital media effectively, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media.

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What modules can I take?

Core

  • Organization of Information, Cat&Metadata
  • Information & Reference Services
  • Foundations of Info Studies
  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Applied Research Methods

Option

  • Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway
  • Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations
  • Archives preservation
  • Web Publishing
  • Information Architecture: Designing the Web
  • People, Information & Communication: Our Information Behaviour
  • Management for Information Professionals
  • Research Practice
  • The Information Professional as Teacher and Collaborator
  • Digital Libraries
  • Children & Youth Info Services
  • UXD: User-Centered Design
  • Digital Curation: Core Concepts
  • Research Experience
  • Thesis
  • Capstone Project
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Research Data Management
  • Service Learning
  • Data & Society
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Personal Information Management

Note: Curricular information is subject to change.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

MLIS Library & Information Studies (W006) Full-Time

  • EU fee per year - € 7,920
  • non-EU fee per year - € 19,900

MLIS Library & Information Studies (W099) Part-Time

  • EU fee per year - € 5,115
  • non-EU fee per year - € 9,950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. 

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should present with a primary (bachelor's) degree in any subject with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or higher.
  • A minimum of 6 weeks' experience working in a library or information environment.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess their intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • While applications are accepted up to August of the year of entry, offers are made to suitably qualified candidates on a first-come-first-served basis so early application is recommended. Entry to the programmes is very competitive and the number of places is limited.
  • Please note that while it is necessary to have experience of work in a library or information environment before commencing the MLIS, you may apply for a place before obtaining this experience. If you don’t have the experience, you should indicate what plans you have to fulfil this requirement.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

PLEASE NOTE: 'A minimum of 6 weeks' experience working in a library or information environment' has been waived due to covid19.

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Last updated Nov 2020

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