Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (by Coursework & Research)

The Department of Library and Information Science offers a Ph. D. programme based on a combination of coursework and research to suit the needs of students with a variety of academic backgrounds.

Programme Description

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The coursework is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for the research portion of the programme and is meant to prepare the student to conduct a meaningful, original and extensive research project. Students may be exempted from up to maximum of 12 credit hours of courses depending on their advanced academic standing, previous research and experience.

This programme are available in part time and full time basis.

Career Opportunities

Librarians and information professionals work in many posts of information related jobs maintained by government and non government agencies, corporation, law firms, advertising agencies, museums, professional associations, medical centers, hospitals, religious organizations and research laboratories.

Therefore, career opportunities in the field of the library and information science will include:

  • Professional librarian in:
    • Business & industry information centers
    • Academic libraries
    • Public and college libraries
    • School libraries
    • Special libraries
    • Resource centers in government and non-government sectors
  • Information professional in non-traditional private sector:
    • Information searching and retrieval, packaging & marketing
    • Publishing & distribution industry
    • Designers, administrators, producer & promoters of databases
  • Information professionals in the areas of teaching, research, and consultancy.

Entry Requirements

  1. A good masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Information Management (IM) form IIUM or other academic institutions recognized by the IIUM or the Public Services Department, with a minimum CGPA of 3.30 or equivalent.
  2. A good masters degree in any disciplines from IIUM or other academic institutions recognized by the IIUM or the Public Services Department with a minimum CGPA of 3.30 or equivalent. Upon admission, the student will be required to take prerequisites in the form of all core courses in the MLIS programme.
  3. Candidates who have long experience working in the information and knowledge related fields, have published numerous publications and articles in refereed journals and have shown aptitude for research and scholarly discourse may also be considered if proper proposal related to Library Information Science disciplines is submitted with the admission form.