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 Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies

There are two enrolment options for the Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS):

A revised MLIS curriculum is envisaged as from 2021. The 180-credit programme consists of 90 credits of course work and 90 credits are assigned to the mini-thesis. Three modules of 30 credits each form the course work. Research Methods in LIS is a compulsory module. Students choose two other electives. On offer as from 2021 are new elective modules:

  • Information Literacy Education - The teaching and learning role of LIS professionals has grown into a specialist position in libraries. The Information Literacy Education module fills that gap.
  • Data Stewardship - Research data management in academic and research libraries is an area in which there is a growing demand for specialization.
  • Knowledge Management This new module is a mix of two existing modules Knowledge Management and the Knowledge Society LIS814 and Knowledge Management Tools and Processes.

 Applicants should also provide evidence of the ability to produce good scholarly writing. [find out more about the programme]


The MLIS (Thesis) option consists of 180 credits. To be considered for admission, applicants should have a strong Honours degree in LIS, as well as a desire to conduct in-depth research on a relevant LIS topic. [find out more]


Deadline for application is 15 September each year, and students who require study visas are advised to apply before 30 August 

​To find out more about enrolling for the Masters programme, contact Dr. Lizette King, lking@uwc.ac.za

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