Library and Information Science, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
This program is designed for international students who pursue a career of information professionals in global context. Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies at the University of Tsukuba is the first and only institution in Japan that offers a full-time, two years master’s degree as an English Master's program in Library and Information Science.


For many years, the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies at the University of Tsukuba has been as a leading international institution for academic studies, research and scholarship. 

The objective of this Master's program is to educate international students in Library and Information Science. This course will provide a comprehensive education based on multidisciplinary fields of study, encompassing the fundamental and applied subjects in Library and Information Science. Students will also develop their research skills in the multidisciplinary fields of managing diverse information resources.

This program is designed for international students who intend to pursue careers as information professionals in a global context. A special focus of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to study Japanese advanced information technologies and advanced knowledge and skills for the management and utilization of knowledge and information resources.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Research Methods in Informatics
  • Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • Information Seeking and Retrieval
  • Organization of Information and Resources
  • Metadata
  • Digital Libraries and Archives
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Media Education
  • History of Libraries and Communication Media
  • Library and Information Services in Culturally
  • Diverse Communities
  • Higher Education and Information Professionals
  • Academic Libraries and Information Infrastructure
  • Management of Libraries
  • Legal Study on Internet Issues
  • Professional Communication
  • Selected Topics in Cognitive Science
  • Speech and Audio Processing
  • Special Topics

                                    Detailed Programme Facts

                                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                                      • Full-time duration 24 months
                                    • Languages
                                      • English
                                    • Delivery mode
                                      On Campus

                                    English Language Requirements

                                    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                                    Book IELTS

                                    Academic Requirements

                                    Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
                                    • (A) Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from a Japanese four-year university by September 2018.
                                    • (B) Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of school curriculum up to university graduation,and earned a bachelor’s degree.
                                    • (C) Individuals who are expecting to graduate from a university described above, and earn a bachelor’s degree by September 2018.
                                    • (D) Individuals who are 22 years of age or older as of September 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us

                                    Tuition Fee

                                    • International Applies to you

                                      4112 EUR/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 4112 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                    • National Applies to you

                                      4112 EUR/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 4112 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                    ¥535,800 / year


                                    The University of Tsukuba established the Tsukuba Scholarship specifically for international students in our English programs. Approximately, five students in Social Sciences and eight students in the Life and Environmental Sciences will receive this scholarship in their first year. There are also second, third, and fourth year versions of the Tsukuba Scholarship.

                                    There are also many scholarships available from outside organizations like the Japanese government, foundations, and companies. We strongly encourage all students to apply for these scholarships in their second and subsequent years.

                                    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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