Information and Library Studies

Bachelor's degree in full-time or combined form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

The aim of this Bachelor’s study programme is to develop the qualities of future information professionals and to provide meaningful further education to specialists from practice. Graduates are trained to be able to deal with theoretical and practical, methodological, and ethical issues of information science and librarianship. They include, in particular, orientation in literature and information resources provided by libraries and other memory institutions, management of library and information systems, education in media and information literacy, and complex work with information resources. The aim of the bachelor's study is to give students a terminological basis, to familiarize them with the functioning of libraries and information services, to teach them in this field to work with modern technologies, procedures and their applications and to seek effective problem solving. Strong emphasis is placed on developing life-long learning and creative thinking.

People, technology and information.

The aim of the workplace is to prepare specialists for the practice, who

(a) work with data and information in different professional positions in a critical and ethical manner;

b) control digital technologies, devices, information systems and applications applied in human interaction with information;

c) are media and information literate, can purposefully make information available to users and actively operate in the public space and civil society.

Bachelor's degree graduate goes into practice with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the profession of an information and knowledge expert, as well as to apply in other positions focused on complex work with information and data.

Practical training

Mandatory part of the study is completing the practical subjects Reference and information services 1 and 2 at the Central Library of the Faculty of Arts at the Masaryk university. Depending on their own specialization, students must complete at least one semester of practical training within the Practice and Internship, Terrain Project, Research Seminar, or Long-Term Internship Abroad.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to master the theoretical, methodological and ethical fundamentals of information science and librarianship, the creation and management of library and information systems, information education, work with information sources in digital libraries and database centers. They are able to apply theoretical knowledge in library and information practice using modern information and communication technologies. Within elective courses, they can focus on developing information services, processes and technologies to ensure them, work with literature and information resources, or providing information support to science.

Graduates will be employed in job positions focused on complex work with information:

  • Libraries (professional librarians in the position of an acquirer, cataloger, collection manager, library systems administrator, teaching librarian, child librarian, reference librarian, search engineer, information services worker);
  • Academic workplaces (academic librarians and experts providing information support to science and research);
  • Information services in the public, non-profit and commercial sector (information systems experts, information management, analysis and interpretation of information, own business in the field of providing information services);
  • Media, PR, advertising agencies (editors, publishers, redactors, information analysts);
  • Advisory and educational activities (information systems experts, data and information management, information services design, informal and continuing vocational education lecturers).

Admission requirements

This programme is taught in Czech.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the Learning Potential Test (TSP). Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 28 February.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

Field of Study Examination

For admission for studies of this degree programme, you do not need to take the Field of Study Examination.

Admission without the entrance examination

You may be exempt from the entrance examination based on secondary school results in a choice of any four of the following profile subjects: Czech or Slovak language, English, Chinese, history, French, music, information technology, Italian, Latin, maths, German, Russian, Spanish, basics of social sciences.

Secondary school results may be applied for an exemption from the entrance examination by those applicants whose average grade was 1.5 or higher in each of the four profile subjects. The total average result in all subjects is not taken into consideration. Secondary school seminars are also disregarded. The average grade of each profile subject is calculated based on the results of the last four years of study in the following way: the mid-year grade is calculated from the final year, whereas the final grades are calculated from the previous three years. It is also necessary that applicants have studied each of the profile subjects for at least two years during the last four years.
Enter your grades in your e-application. Then print the grades out and let your secondary school certify them with a stamp and a signature. Upload the scan of the certified grades into your e-application. You can also upload officially certified school reports or any other documents certifying your school results.
Please upload the officially certified documents together with a completed Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.

Criteria for evaluation

Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the entrance examination: 30

Recommended literature


Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Information and Library Studies as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Follow-up studies

A graduate of a bachelor's degree program may (after fulfilling the admission requirements) continue in any follow-up Master's degree. He or she can continue to study in a direct follow-up master's program in Information Studies and Librarianship at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

PhDr. Petr Škyřík, Ph.D.

Consultant

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