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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.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Information Science (Extended)
  • Duration


    2 years full-time
  • Credit


  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Special Study Period 4, 2023

11 September 2023

Applications now closed!

Course outline



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

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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  • Curtin course code: MC-INFSCX
  • Last updated on: 15 July 2024

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