Language of instruction
Faculty of Humanities
Education profile: General academic
Offered foreign language classes: English
Frequency of sessions/classes for part-time students and days of the week when classes are held: 10 sessions in a semester. sessions on Saturdays and Sundays
Characteristics of the degree programme and offered majors:
Scientific Information and Library Science is an opportunity for those interested in organisation and providing access to information, both in the form of traditional library collections and digital resources. Master's programme is addressed to the graduates of Bachelor’s programme in the same field of study and to candidates who have a diploma from other fields of study.
The content is presented within the framework of common courses for all students and profiled major programmes. The subjects of the common courses concern the matters of cultural heritage in libraries, archives and museums, problems of literary culture, ethical aspects of library and information activity, problems of information society and issues of access to public and legal information. The students acquire practical skills in using IT tools for managing their own information, discover the secrets of library marketing and e-learning, learn the basics of designing and arranging library space. A series of methodological courses, covering terminology and research directions in bibliology, information and library studies, allows students to gain a general orientation in the development of the discipline of knowledge being the subject of their studies, and prepares them to undertake their own research work, carried out under the supervision of a supervisor within the framework of a Master's seminar.
The availability of degree programmes in each academic year depends on the number of students and their declared interests. We offer 4 elective modules to choose from:
Courses taught within this major concentrate on the issues of contemporary librarianship and include, among others, trends in the development of global librarianship, modern architecture of library facilities, methods of quality assurance and strategic library management and management of library staff, as well as the latest trends in the operation of contemporary scientific, public, pedagogical and school libraries and special libraries existing in various institutions (e.g. theatre, archive, museum, castle, church and monastery libraries).
Young Reader in the World of Books and Media
Issues of carried out courses revolve around reading and media education: issues of reception of publications for children and young people, issues of bibliotherapy, use of new media in promotion of reading and information culture with reference to young recipients, editorial aspects and contemporary book market for children and young people. These issues are analysed in relation to the organisation and functioning of School Information Centres, as well as the activity of public libraries for this group of recipients.
Protection and Conservation of Library Collections
The major is designed to introduce students to the issues of the safety of collections and ensuring proper storage conditions. The educational content includes workshops on book protection and conservation, the history of binding and bookbinding practice, as well as the study of the durability of library material. The curriculum also includes the issues of book morphology and chemistry, illumination, graphic aspects of typography, as well as the organisation of digital libraries and digitisation of library, archive and museum collections.
Book Culture and Editing
The major focuses on the history and art of the book and the contemporary situation of the publishing market. The students gain knowledge about the dynamics of this market, they learn the principles of book marketing, as well as how to organise work in publishing companies. Emphasis is also put on practical skills in computer editing, with the use of various types of graphic software and DTP software for folder layout and typesetting, publications of books and magazines.
During the studies, within the framework of elective courses of the Teacher Training Course carried out by the Continuing Education Centre, and after completing an apprenticeship in a school library, the students can obtain pedagogical qualifications allowing them to take up the profession of a librarian (only for those who have completed the Bachelor’s degree in the same field of study).
Students who graduated from courses other than Scientific Information and Library Science (1st cycle studies) supplement their knowledge concerning the basics of collecting, processing and disclosing library collections during the classes of practical librarianship and professional practice in public or scientific libraries. The studies end with preparation and defence of a MA thesis. The graduates receive a Master's degree in Scientific Information and Library Science.
Professional prospects (graduate profile):
The studies prepare to work in libraries, media libraries, information centres, infobroker companies, cultural centres, publishing houses, bookshops and archives, as well as in other institutions in the area of culture, science, education, public communication, business and administration, dealing with gathering, processing and making available information, both in printed and electronic form. The graduates may find employment, among others, as:
Additional information: As the only programme in Poland we have our own Laboratory of Protection and Conservation of Library Collections, where works on securing valuable old prints from monastery libraries at Jasna Góra in Częstochowa and Skałka in Krakow have been carried out. This laboratory is used by students for practical classes. Our students also have at their disposal a modern Archiving Laboratory, where we teach professional scanning, graphic processing and publishing of digital objects. Publications digitised by students enrich the resources of the Silesian Digital Library. We provide an individual approach to the students and a friendly atmosphere, which encourages intellectual and social development. The students have the opportunity to develop their interests through involvement in student scientific clubs, participation in student conferences, publishing their own scientific texts, as well as sports activities within the University Sports Association Club at the University of Silesia. Participation in academic exchange programmes (e.g. MOST, Erasmus+) allows our students to complete part of their studies in another Polish or foreign university as well as to participate in apprenticeships and placements abroad at any institution in countries of the European Union. The curriculum is implemented in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), ensuring recognition of graduation diplomas abroad. Courses are held in an appealing location in the centre of Katowice.
Candidate has the necessary qualifications and competencies to continue education at 2nd cycle studies in this degree programme, confirmed with a degree diploma.
Admission criteria: competitive admission based on diploma grades.
The decision on qualification for admission process is taken by the admission committee based on the analysis of obtained learning outcomes and curriculum of completed studies.
Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023
Payment for semester
Tuition paid in full
Tuition paid in 3 installments
Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis
To be announced
Semestral fee will be announced at a later date.
Faculty's contact details
Faculty of Humanitiesul. Uniwersytecka 4
Contact for foreigners
International Admissions OfficeBankowa 12, room 76