Library & Information Studies

The Master of Library and Information Studies prepares graduates for work in a range of professional settings, including academic, public, and special libraries, as well as information-based roles in commercial, civic, health, and legal organisations. Our programmes instil professional ethics and social responsibility, foster lifelong continuing professional education, and provide opportunities for active engagement with diverse communities. The MLIS is an in person programme, structured to develop core professional competencies, as well as specialised knowledge and skills for librarians and information professionals. While the programme offers a generalist approach to suit multiple interests and aspirations, it is also possible to tailor learning to more specialised areas for particular career paths.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core
Management for Information Professionals IS40370
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
Research Practice IS40390
The Information Professional as Teacher 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
Service Learning IS40830
Data & Society IS40840
Scholarly Communication IS40900
Information Ethics IS41020
Informatics IS41090
Thesis (30 Credits) IS41110
Capstone Project (30 Credits) IS41160
iSchool Exchange IS41220
MLIS Thesis IS41310
Digital Media Literacy IS41550

Entry requirements

-A minimum 2.1 award in a bachelor's degree in any subject (NFQ Level 8 or International equivalent )

-Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity, and motivation

-If you do not meet the academic requirements above you must provide additional information to be considered for admission as listed below

A letter of reference from an academic who has taught the applicant.
A statement describing their previous library experience, which must be a minimum of 5 years.
A letter from their work supervisor to confirm the length of experience, the nature of the experience as meeting professional library tasks.
​We recommend a minimum of 6 weeks’ experience working in a library or information environment before applying for the MLIS.

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.

Application dates

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.

The following entry routes are available:
MLIS FT (W006)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MLIS PT (W099)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




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


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: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programme is designed to prepare university graduates for professional careers in Library and Information Studies. The MLIS degree is highly regarded internationally; the school's accreditation by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) is recognised by library associations elsewhere, covering Australia, Canada, and the United States. Recent graduates have dynamic careers as Digital Learning Librarians, Literacy Specialists, Chief Information Officers, and Library Directors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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