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Master's programme: Library and Information Science, Digital Library and Information Services

120 credits, full-time 100% – distance

Application code: HB-0232C
First day of application: 2019-10-16
Number of Places: 17
Start: 2020-08-31
Place of Study: Borås
Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
Instructional time: Day
Application fee: 900 SEK
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*
Tuition fee: 46,000 SEK first payment
184,000 SEK full tuition fee
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*

*For more information regarding which countries are included in the EU/EEA, please read more here.

Would you like to work at the leading edge of information and library practice? Would you be interested in helping people to make sense of the digital world that is becoming so important in their work and lives? Do you want to have all the treasures of human knowledge, acquired through the ages, at your fingertips?


This programme will help you choose your mission and place in life. It offers exciting possibilities for finding the job of your dreams. Digital library and information services in many different sectors, from public and academic libraries to global businesses and children’s libraries are now seeking staff who are prepared to work in the digital environment. The knowledge and skills you acquire will be useful in any of these areas because of the pervasive and omnipresent nature of digital resources. You will be the one to lead people to the information they really need.

Digital libraries are increasingly significant throughout the world in the provision of information not only to local audiences, but internationally. They are developed by existing library services, by governmental and commercial organizations. After graduating from the programme, you will better understand the significance of digital libraries in their own context, and be able to manage the transition of services to the digital sphere, and develop new digital services to satisfy the needs of various user groups. The programme draws on the excellence of faculty members in Sweden’s leading school of library and information science.


The studies take place primarily in a distance mode. However, you need to participate in several meetings in Borås, Sweden, during your education. These residential periods will take place one week in September 2020, one week in February or March 2021, one week in fall 2021 (probably in September), and one day for the master's thesis seminar in late May/early June 2022 (or when the thesis is accepted for seminar). Communication between students and teachers is maintained mainly through an e-learning platform. In order to take the courses, you are therefore required to have access to a computer on which you are able to install software and have Internet-access at a reasonably high bandwidth. It is not enough with a smartphone, iPad, Chromebook or similar computer-like devices, although you may use them for some tasks. Your Internet-access needs to have at least 10 Mbps download speed, although lower speeds may be enough for some tasks. Some recordings may require even higher speeds. Some software may need to be bought, although as far as possible we try to make use of software that does not require fees. In order to participate in seminars online you will also need a web camera, headphones and a microfone connected to your computer. Language of instruction will be English.

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