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About the Academic Programme

The Department offers a Library and Information Studies Programme for those interested in pursuing a professional career with information, as a librarian or knowledge and information manager.

The Programme is for postgraduate students: applicants must already have a relevant degree.

The starting-point for postgraduate applicants is the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (PGDipLIS). This is a first level qualification, for those intending to enter the profession, and provides an introduction to professional studies in the use and management of information. Following its successful completion, the development path is to apply for a professional post in a library or organisation requiring professional management of information, thus acquiring experience.

Beyond this level of the Programme, further study at the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctoral (PhD) level are possible.

UCT LISC Is the first university in Africa to offer a full Masters course specialising in Digital Curation, in the form of a specialist Master of Philosophy by coursework and dissertation. This course is not aimed only at librarians: it is equally suitable for curators, archivists, information specialists and media specialists.

Occasional courses

Some electives from our Masters courses are offered as occasional courses for Masters credits, and to occasional students who wish to deepen their knowledge or update their skills in specific areas for non-degree purposes. Entry to these courses is open to students from any background or faculty subject to the same acceptance criteria as the MPhil.

  • Digital Curation (1 semester, 48 credits, NQF Level 9). Note: not the same as our MPhil specialising in Digital Curation. This is a single-semester overview course that does not include specialisations.
  • Research Data Management (1 term, 24 credits, NQF Level 9). Note: distinct from our Short Course in Research Data Management.

Further detail on each of these electives is provided in the Masters Programme Handbook (PDF, 465KB).

Contact us for enquiries about our Occasional Courses.

Short Courses

Our short courses (normally offered during mid-semester breaks) are intensive certificate-bearing focused courses aimed at professionals who wish to supplement their knowledge and expertise.

  • Short course in Records and Digital Content Management (3 days, NQF Level 6). Offered in April 2016. Download the 2016 flyer (PDF, 76KB)
  • Short course in Research Data Management (3 days, NQF Level 7). Offered in September 2015. Appropriate for researchers, data managers, research assistants and research programme administrators. It provides the basic principles and best practices for managing research data in any domain, in line with funding guidelines.

Contact us for enquiries about our Short Courses.