Information & Communication Studies - Library & Information Studies

MLIS Library & Information Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Master of Library and Information Studies 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.

Vision & Values Statement
The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies strives to educate students to become the leaders, policy makers, 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 instill 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 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.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core
Org of Info, Cat & Metadata IS40520
Information & Reference Services IS40530
Applied Research Methods IS40940
Research and Practice in LIS IS41060

Stage 1 - Option
Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway ARCV40040
Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations ARCV40070
Archives preservation ARCV41480
Web Publishing IS30020
People, Information & Communication: Our Information Behaviour IS40030
Management for Information Professionals IS40370
Research Practice IS40390
The Information Professional as Teacher and Collaborator IS40480
Digital Libraries IS40560
Children & Youth Info Services IS40570
UXD: User-Centered Design IS40610
Digital Curation: Core Concepts IS40630
Quantitative Data Analysis IS40730
Research Data Management IS40760
Data & Society IS40840
Scholarly Communication IS40900
Digital Policy IS40910
Personal Info Management IS40930
Artificial Intelligence IS40970
Information Ethics IS41020
Informatics IS41090
Thesis (30 Credits) IS41110
Capstone Project (30 Credits) IS41160

Entry requirements

Please Note: under entry requirements; 'A minimum of 6 weeks' experience working in a library or information environment' has been waived due to COVID-19.

Entry Requirements
• Applicants should present with a primary (bachelor's) degree in any subject with an overall score of 2.1 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 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.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MLIS FT (W006)
Deadline: Rolling*

MLIS PT (W099)
Deadline: Rolling*




MLIS FT (W006): 1 year full-time
MLIS PT (W099): 2 years part-time.


MLIS Library & Information Studies (W006) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7920
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MLIS Library & Information Studies (W099) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5115
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***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.For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programme is accredited by 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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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