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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin School of Library and Information Science

Information about the BA Programme in Library and Information Science


The combined Bachelor's Programme contains Library and Information Science as major subject or second subject.

All major and second subjects offered by Humboldt-University can be combined with the Bachelor's Programme Library and Information Science, e.g.:

  • American Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Biologie
  • Chemistry
  • Educational Science
  • European Ethnologie
  • German Linguistics
  • Informatics
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Economics


Academic Structure

The Programme is composed of different modules. Examinations are hold within the studies.

The standard period of this programme is six semesters. Those are conceived with four semesters of basic studies and two semesters of advanced studies.

The amount of courses in Library and Informations Science you have to take depends on wether it has been chosen as major subject or second subject. Concrete information is provided in the following document: Study Regulations (german).


Content of the Programme

Basic studies of Library and Information Science as major subjects consist of the following obligatory modules:

Module BP1: Information and communication technologie
Module BP2: Mediea
Module BP3: Information and society
Module BP4: Information processing
Module BP5: Information systems and information services

For advanced studies you have to choose two out of the following five optional modules:

Module BWP1: Practical information research
Module BWP2: Theorie and building of informational databases
Module BWP3: Electronic publishing
Module BWP4: Applied information and communication technology
Module BWP5: Basics of Business Administration in LIS

You will also attend a project module (BPR) during the advanced studies.

The advanced studies also include writing your Bachelor's thesis, that will prove your ability to independently and scientificly evaluate and present a Libary and Information Science centered topic or problem.

The module "Berufs(feld)bezogene Zusatzqualifikation (BZ)" (profession-related additional qualification) consists of three parts: the internship (BZP), "Ergänzendes Fachwissen (BZE)" (Complementary expertise) and "Schlüsselqualifikationen (BZS)" (key qualifications).

The internship provides an orientation for future fields of activity. Complementary expertise-courses shall teach our students applicable knowledge of other scientific areas and the key qualification-courses are meant to provide them with further professional, personal and social skills.

The module BZ can be absolved during the whole period of the Bachelor's programme.


Completion of the Programme

For every module that has been completed successfully you will gain a certain number of credit points, according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). After the successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded with the academic grade "Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)" in Library and Information Science.


Aims of the Programme and Professional Perspectives

The Combined Bachelor's Programme is oriented on professional practice and combines practictal questions with scientific methods. It is the aim of the Programme to acquire knowledge about functions, structures and practical methods of the library and information sector and to foster the student's decision-making skills and responsibility for the organization of knowledge and information processes.

Some subject combinations are particularly suitable for certain professions: To work in Music Libraries, in Music and Media Archives and in music industries, "Music and Media" (Musik und Medien) is a good choice for your other subject. To obtain a job in information services at biology or chemistry research institutions you can attend the according Programmes as major or second subject. Combining Library and Information Science with "Art and Image History" (Kunst und Bildgeschichte) or "Cultural Studies" (Kulturwissenschaft) would be useful for subsequent activities in Art or Museum Libraries and in publishing houses as well as studying "informatics" as additional subject would help for professions in information and media management.

For Library and Information Science graduates fields of application reach from classical areas like libraries and information institutions of both the scientific and public sector to the fields of content industries and other research-based fields of the free economy, e.g. publishing houses, media industries, software companies and many more.


Begin of studies and registration dates

Matriculation takes place every year in wintersemester. The application deadline is 15 July for the following wintersemester. The number of students that can be admitted is limited referring to the Numerus Clausus.

More information about application and deadlines is provided in the following page.