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Master of Information Science (Extended)

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

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  • Qualification
    Master of Information Science (Extended)
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Special Study Period 1, 2023

8 August 2022

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Special Study Period 2, 2023

Applications now open!

11 May 2023

Special Study Period 3, 2023

8 May 2023

10 August 2023

Special Study Period 4, 2023

11 September 2023

9 November 2023

Special Study Period 1, 2024

7 August 2023

8 February 2024

Special Study Period 2, 2024

4 March 2024

9 May 2024

Special Study Period 3, 2024

6 May 2024

8 August 2024

Special Study Period 4, 2024

9 September 2024

7 November 2024

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Why study Master of Information Science (Extended) at Curtin?

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.



This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2023. If you plan to commence study in 2022, please view the current offering.

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

You will learn to think as an information specialist and apply knowledge in environments such as public and academic libraries, community and national archives, and government and corporate records offices.

You’ll learn how to collect, organise, access, curate and preserve information in ethical and meaningful ways, equipping you to develop and manage services and collections that document history, inform the present and engage communities.

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. In addition, you’ll have the choice of completing a substantial research project or undertaking an internship (25–30 days) in an archives, library or records work environment.

Upon graduation you’ll qualify for 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 practicums in which you'll gain real-world experience and be able to develop your professional networks. You’ll also have the choice of completing an internship in an archives, library or records work environment.

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 extended professional practice and/or research 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.

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

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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

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

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