Program Overview

This programme aims to provide you with a deep understanding of collection-orientated institutions and services and their relevance in society. Your course will enable you to examine the processes of information organisation, communication, access and provision, as well as considering library infrastructures and services from both historical and philosophical perspectives.
 

Benefits of this course
 

This course will prepare you for a career in collection related institutions and services. It is also ideal for those wishing to update their skills in this sector.

Library Science is a broad, interdisciplinary field, the principles and practice of which underpin today's information society.

With an emphasis on the use of new and emergent technologies; information resource description and organisation; methods of investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and socio-political implications, and policy formulation, this course is an ideal foundation for a career in modern collection-based services.

On successful completion of the course, you can choose between the award of MA or of MSc.

This is usually based on the arts or science content of the work undertaken for the degree, and/or your career aspirations. The course structure and modules are the same for either award. The difference occurs in the focus of the assignments and the dissertation.
 

Awards
 

You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.

  • Master of Arts (MA)

  • Master of Science (MSc)
     

Who is this course for?
 

If you want to learn about library services, and the processes of information organisation and communication, this course is perfect.

You’ll need a first degree or equivalent in any discipline or be keen to start or develop your career around collections and services within galleries, libraries, museums and archives.

You’re likely to have an eye for detail, an interest in the organisation, technologies, and communication of information, and an understanding of the organisational and wider social impacts of information policy, access and provision.
 

Specialisms
 

The MA/MSc in Library Science covers:

  • library history

  • social-cultural impact of libraries and library services

  • information resources

  • collection management

  • cataloguing and classification

  • metadata

  • information law and ethics

  • digital libraries

  • information technologies

  • information literacy

  • libraries and publishing

  • research methods

  • library and information services for children and young adults.

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  Location

LondonUnited Kingdom

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  Course Duration

12 Months

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  Tuition Fee

£ 20,810

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IELTS: 7

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Structure
 

Awards

You can select to apply for one of the two available exit points for this course.

 

Master of Arts (MA)

 

Duration:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months (up to 28 months)

 

Modules:

  • 8 in total
  • Core modules: 7
  • Optional modules: 1

 

Master of Science (MSc)
 

Duration:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months (up to 28 months)

 

Modules:

  • 8 in total
  • Core modules: 7
  • Optional modules: 1

 

Modules

 

Each of the modules counts for 15 credits, and requires approximately 150 hours work.

  • 30 hours are face-to-face instruction (this may be lectures, seminars, group work, discussion or practical work)

  • 120 hours self-directed study.
     

On successful completion of eight taught modules, students can progress to the dissertation. The dissertation takes around 400 hours.
 

Full-time
 

Teaching at CityLIS takes place on Mondays and Fridays, during each of the two, 10 week teaching terms. Classes may be scheduled anytime between 09.00 and 18.00, although we usually try to work between 10.00 and 17.00.
 

Part-time
 

Part-time students attend on Mondays in year one, and Fridays in year two. Classes are scheduled in the same manner as for full-time students. Please note that some electives modules in year two may be held on days other than Friday.

 

UK

Applicants should normally hold a second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in any discipline, or have LIS related work experience.
 

English language requirements

If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are required:

IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components)
TOEFL 92 (minimum of 20 in Listening, Reading and Speaking, and 22 in Writing)


For information about the various English Language tests City accepts please see the English language requirements. Please note though that the scores listed there are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

Fees and funding

Fees for academic year 2022/23


Master of Science (MSc)


Full-time per year

  • UK: £10,400
  • Overseas/EU: £20,810
     

Part-time per year

  • UK: £5,200
  • Overseas/EU: £10,400
     

Master of Arts (MA)


Full-time per year

  • UK: £10,400
  • Overseas/EU: £20,810
     

Part-time per year

  • UK: £5,200
  • Overseas/EU: £10,400

Career
 

As a skilled and confident Library Science graduate with an understanding of the principles and practices of the subject your career could start in:

  • public library

  • academic library

  • consultancy

  • special/heritage library

  • information services

  • publishing.

  • information literacy teaching/training.
     

This course is also an excellent preparation for further study and research.

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