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Full time | Northampton Square | 12 months | 02-OCT-23

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12 months

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

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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.

Course overview

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.

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.


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.


The purpose of this module is to allow students to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of the organisation of information and knowledge. Students should gain: an understanding of the principles of information organisation - an awareness of some major tools and vocabularies - an insight into the practicalities of resource description and subject analysis.

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Entry requirements

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.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK institution, offering an innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which uphold the university’s commitment to enhance people’s lives through education. City is a research-driven university and has around 21,000 enrolled students, of which 45% are studying postgraduate qualifications. The university community is a diverse and international population home to students from...more

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