This course teaches basic and advanced conceptual and theoretical knowledge of library and information science.


Course content

The knowledge and skills gained on this course will enable graduates to meet the challenges of working in their own institution, both now and in the future, and identify the correct responses to the multifaceted changes in the technological, financial and organisational environment.

The course objectives and content are focused mainly on work and responsibilities in university libraries, but they are also transferable to related institutions such as archives and libraries open to the general public.

The MAS/DAS/CAS in Library and Information Science is run under the aegis of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Zurich at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. Further information is available here.


Learners attending this course can obtain one of the following qualifications:

  • Master of Advanced Studies (MAS): 60 ECTS credits
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS): at least 30 ECTS credits
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS): at least 10 ECTS credits

Those attending individual modules will receive a confirmation of attendance.

Admission requirements

The course is aimed at specialists from libraries and information institutions wishing to deepen and update their knowledge.

It is open to students who have:

  • A university degree at Master level
  • Experience of working at least 50% in a library or other information institution (for at least 4 months prior to joining the course)

The course management will decide whether to accept applicants with comparable qualifications on a case-by-case basis.


The deadline for registering for the MAS, DAS and CAS courses starting in August 2023 was 25th February 2023. Registration for the 2023–2025 course period closes on 30 April 2023.

Subject to availability, registrations to attend individual modules will be accepted no later than four weeks before the module concerned commences.

Training position as a scientific librarian (fixed-term)

Accompanying the MAS course, the Zentralbibliothek offers two fixed-term positions for scientific librarians. The positions for 2023 have already been filled. Further details will be published in due course here.

Course management

Melanie Surkau
Head of Professional Development
Course management
Ursula Jud
and Jonas Gross
Professional Development
LIS Course Coordinators