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Library and Information Science

This is studying a subject in an institution which is internationally recognised in the field.

Information Science has a long-established place in the academic fabric of City, University of London - the subject was first part of City's curriculum in 1961. We now refer to "Library and Information Science" to fully reflect the scope of the discipline in the 21st century. Our subject focuses on understanding and facilitating all stages of the communication chain of recorded information. Today, City offers postgraduate taught courses, supervises PhD students and is internationally recognised as playing a leading role in research and curriculum development within the discipline. We offer bespoke Masters courses in Information Science and Library Science within an enviable central London location, ideally placed next to some of the most influential heritage sites and landmarks across the world.

Courses and study

City offers two specific LIS postgraduate courses, both fully accredited, covering each specialism within the industry:

  • Information Science
  • Library Science

We also offer a PhD/MPhil research degree for those looking to take their career in a more academic and research-based direction.

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Research in Library and Information Science at City, University of London has been rated excellent in all the Higher Education Funding Council's research assessment exercises. All of our staff members are research active with extensive publication records. The Department of Library and Information Science attracts an international cohort of those undertaking research for their PhD. Our research interests include the concept of information itself, and the changing nature of documents. We study the ways in which people and communities create, use and interact with information and documents.


City is ideally situated for anybody wishing to start their career or progress within Information Science industry. We are situated within The City of London, a historical area of Londinium settled by the Romans in 1AD and contained inside the original city walls. It is widely viewed as the centre of London and boasts numerous cultural landmarks, heritage sites, libraries and museums. This ensures our students and graduates are within close proximity to some of the world's foremost institutions for information management. The wider Greater London area is also home to countless cultural landmarks, heritage sites, libraries, museums and businesses, all easily accessible from our commanding central location.

The map below describes our location in relation to just a handful of the nearby cultural landmarks and heritage sites in London and the surrounding area. Select a marker for more information.

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