MLIS Library & Information Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Master of Library and Information Studies is designed to prepare university graduates for careers in the library and information profession.


In the MLIS programme, you will learn how to organise, curate, disseminate and communicate information in local and global contexts. You will learn how to store, retrieve, and share information by understanding, applying, and designing best practices, standards and systems in the information world. You can also tailor your study to suit your career aspirations in pathways such as academic librarianship, public information services, and cultural institutions.

Careers & Employability

The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programme is accredited by Library Association of Ireland and is recognised internationally. Students are qualified to work as library and information professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Recent graduates have dynamic careers as librarians in the higher education and the public sectors, as well as information officers in commercial settings.
ICS also has vibrant research programmes and activities. Some MLIS students continue their studies to take PhD or MLitt degrees at the School.

Curricular information is subject to change

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 comprises students of a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds. The programme is ideal for both recent graduates and those seeking a career change. It is also ideal for individuals with advanced academic degrees seeking a professional qualification.

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
  • 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 - € 8650
nonEU    fee per year - € 21520

MLIS Library & Information Studies (W099) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5590
nonEU    fee per year - € 10760

***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.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

The following entry routes are available:

MLIS FT (W006)
1 Years
Full Time
MLIS PT (W099)
2 Years
Part Time

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