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Library & Information Studies

MLIS Library & Information Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Masters in Library and Information Studies programme is designed to prepare university graduates for careers as information or library professionals. 

-An internationally recognised qualification.

-It gives access to a wide range of careers in the information economy, including librarianship.

-The curriculum includes a research based project.

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 is designed to prepare university graduates for professional careers in library and information careers.

Vision and 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

Discuss the evolving role of information professionals in cultural, corporate, governmental, and non-governmental institutions

Develop and evaluate information lifecycle, including information seeking, evaluation, use, organisation and management

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

Engage in discussion pertaining to ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use

Demonstrate management and teamwork competencies, including project management and leadership

Use traditional and digital media effectively, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media

Develop, manage and implement the research process in a professional context

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 fulfill this requirement.


W006: 1 year full-time, W099: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Our Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programme allows students to earn degrees that are accredited by professional organizations and are internationally recognised. These degrees qualify students to work as library and information professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Recent graduates have dynamic careers as Chief Information Officers, Library Directors and Knowledge Managers.

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

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Claire Nolan
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 8360

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Org of Info, Cat&Metadata

Information & Reference Services

Research Methods

Foundations of Info Studies

Stage 1 - Option
Archives sustainability and preservation management

Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway

Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations

Web Publishing

Information Architecture: Designing the Web

Cybersociety? Technology, Culture and Communication

Managing Information Technology for Information Professionals

The Digital Self

Information Ethics

Digital Storytelling

Management for Information Professionals

Research Practice

The Information Professional as Teacher and Collaborator

System Analysis & Design

Digital Libraries

Research Study

UXD: User-Centered Design

Digital Curation Tools

Digital Curation:Core Concepts

Research Data Manangement


Capstone Project

Quantitative Data Analysis

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MLIS FT (W006)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MLIS PT (W099)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MLIS Library & Information Studies (W006) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7640
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MLIS Library & Information Studies (W099) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4935
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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