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.

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. 

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.

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.

  • 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
  • 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

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.

  • 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.

The following entry routes are available:

MLIS FT (W006)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MLIS PT (W099)
Duration
2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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