University College London


Full time? Part time? Distance
learning?
CILIP
accredited?
PgCert/PgDip
available?
MSc Information Science Tick Tick Cross Tick Tick
MA Library and Information Studies Tick Tick Cross Tick Tick

Required LIS experience: At least 12 months work experience in a library or information service. Graduate traineeships preferred. Casual work such as shelving is not considered appropriate.

UCL are more or less your go-to institution if you are interested in rare books librarianship and dealing with special collections. Based in London, they have good links with many libraries and institutions meaning graduate employment prospects are good. The course fees are at the higher end of the scale, with the course at UCL being the most expensive LIS qualification, which may rule it out as a full-time option for some. They do, however, offer a part-time/modular study option, which you can spread across 2-5 years so if you live in a commutable distance from London, this may make studying the UCL course financially viable by removing the cost of relocating. London is also home to the M25 Consortium of academic libraries, which offer CPD and networking opportunities. UCL also offer their MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar.

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