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Information Science

Master by coursework

Gain the skills to develop and manage services and collections that document history, inform the present and engage communities.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Information Science
  • Duration


    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit


  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Special Study Period 4, 2023

11 September 2023

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Special Study Period 1, 2024

7 August 2023

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Special Study Period 2, 2024

4 March 2024

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Special Study Period 3, 2024

Applications now open!

8 August 2024

Special Study Period 4, 2024

9 September 2024

7 November 2024

Course outline



We also offer a 2 year Master of Information Science for those looking for a research pathway OR to undertake an internship of 25-30 days in an archives, library or records work environment.

In this course you will gain the expertise to work as a librarian, archivist and records manager in a range of organisations.

You will learn how to collect, organise, access, curate and preserve information in ethical and meaningful ways. Overall, you’ll learn to think as an information specialist and apply knowledge in diverse work environments – including public and academic libraries, community and national archives, and government and corporate records offices.

You’ll also complete three-week practicums in a records/archives setting and in a library/information centre, gaining real-world experience and opportunities to develop your professional networks.

Upon graduation you’ll qualify for a career in information-management roles that include community programming, digital collections and curation, metadata and classification, records systems design and digital preservation.


Instead of being delivered in semesters, this course is delivered across four study periods each year:

  • Special Study Period 1: March–May
  • Special Study Period 2: June–August
  • Special Study Period 3: September–November
  • Special Study Period 4: December–February

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

You'll complete two, three-week practicums in a records/archives setting and in a library/information centre, gaining real-world experience and opportunities to develop your professional networks.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the theory, principles and practices in information science, library science, archival science, and records management
  • generate creative and innovative solutions to complex issues facing the information professionals
  • access, adapt, and create information and technologies to communicate with diverse stakeholders
  • engage in ethical and culturally capable information practices within local, regional and international contexts
  • recognise, respect and support diverse cultures and knowledges with particular awareness of Indigenous perspectives
  • demonstrate personal autonomy, accountability and collaboration in professional practice that reflects high ethical and moral standards

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require a minimum of a three-year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider. The course relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the course.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:




Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-INFSCI
  • Last updated on: 30 May 2024

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