Masters in Information Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

The MSc in Information Science, being a cycle of continuity, is designed to enable a deeper experimental, theoretical and critical knowledge taught at 1st cycle, looking equally to meet the training needs in accordance with the requirements of the Information Society. It is intended, therefore:
- To promote advanced training and research in the scientific area of information science at expert level;
- To prepare professionals, experts, academics, researchers and highly qualified specialists;
- To prepare candidates for a third cycle (PhD);
- To promoting critical knowledge of historical, ethical and ethics governing the profession.
- To prepare for mastering the problems linked to the Information Society;
- To encourage the acquisition of a strong culture based on humanistic values of responsibility and participation in public life.

Admission Requirements

1 - Graduates in Archives, Libraries and Information Science or Information Science;¿ 2 - Graduates in adequate areas to attend a Master's degree in Information Science. The recognition of the relevance of the scientific adequacy is a responsibility of the scientific council of the Faculty.¿ 3 - Graduates of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as having the same objectives as a graduate degree by the scientific council of the Faculty, as well as considered appropriate to the frequency of a Master's course in Information Science; 4 - Holders of an academic, scientific or professional that is recognized as attesting the capacity to attend this cycle of studies by the scientific council of the Faculty.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Besides being able to perform duties as Librarian, Archivist, Content Manager, Professor (Higher Education), Researcher, Business and Public Administration, will also be able to guide librarians, archivists and other information professionals to deepen in the knowledge management in organizations, in the organization and integration of information, and in planning services for digital collections.

Mode of Study

Daytime, full-time and b-learning

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

- Create advanced skills in the areas of production and analysis of information;
- Create skills for research in Information Science
- Create critical reading skills essential to the comprehension and intervention in the areas of production, analysis and communication of information;
- Create competencies for the creation, management and execution of projects;
The skills listed above, generic and specific, will enable students to continue their education in a 3rd cycle.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Cristina Vieira de Freitas

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albano Augusto Figueiredo Rodrigues

Maria Beatriz Pinto de Sá Moscoso Marques

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July

Graduation Requirements

To obtain a master's degree is necessary that the student meets the 120 ECTS foreseen in this proposal related to the curricular part (60 ECTS), supervision seminar (12 ECTS) and project or dissertation (48 ECTS).

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Information Science

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6025

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2020-07-31 a 2026-07-30
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