Entry requirements

A second-class Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject from a UK university or an international qualification of an equivalent standard.

Students should normally have a minimum of one year’s experience in a relevant field, but those who do not will be able to acquire relevant experience in a range of other ways.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar provides access to a world class programme. UCL established the first programme in librarianship in the UK in 1919. The unique strength of the UCL Qatar programme is the possibility to specialise according to a student’s specific interests in management and leadership in libraries, Arabic and Islamic librarianship or librarianship for the education sector.

The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar has become the first degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. This accreditation carries reciprocal recognition from the most influential professional communities worldwide, including the American Library Association (ALA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

Students have the opportunity to undertake a fully funded two-week professional placement locally in Qatar or overseas. This opportunity enables students to apply course knowledge in a professional setting, to learn new methods and gain valuable work experience.

Qatar is investing heavily in libraries, infrastructure and capacity building. This is an exceptionally exciting period for students and professionals who are looking to develop their career in the region.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months


    The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, private reading, seminars, practical classes, small group work, group project work, computer laboratory sessions, essay writing, and independent research. Except for short courses, all programmes are delivered in afternoon sessions. Students can access and use the virtual learning environment (Moodle) at UCL, which provides the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of UCL staff both in London and Qatar. Intensive short courses will also be delivered by visiting lecturers. Assessment takes a variety of forms including: essays, portfolios, prepared practical work, individual and group project work, report writing, policy writing, presentations, peer assessment and the dissertation.

    Course contact details

    +44 (0)20 3370 1214