The Department Of Library and Information Science


Dr Thomas Matingwina: Chairperson

Library & Information Science

Welcome to the Department of Library and Information Science. This is one of the latest department to be added at the university and it is expected to grow into a formidable department in a few years to come. The Department was inaugurated in August 2000 with a staff complement of one professor and four lecturers and a student intake of 17. NUST is the first University to offer a degree programme in the field of library and information science in Zimbabwe.After four years of intensive study which include one year of industrial attachment students graduate with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Library and Information ScienceThe Department is an active centre for teaching and learning, which are supported by extensive laboratory practicals with Internet, multimedia and desktop publishing.Staff are actively involved in the professional development of librarianship and information science at local, regional and international levels and the Department has links with many national and international organisations

Departmental Vision

The aims of the Department are to:
  1. Produce graduates who will fit in the world of IT.
  2. Produce Librarians for the libraries and other information centers in the country and the region.
  3. Provide students an opportunity to do further research and study in the field of information science.

Our Degree Programmes


Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Library and Information Science

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Library and Information Science

Entry Qualifications

 Candidates must have the following qualifications (or their equivalent):-

  •  Five ‘O’ Level passes including English and Mathematics.
  •  At least two ‘A’ Level passes.


Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science (MSc LIS)

Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science (MSc LIS) Programme



The major objectives of the Master of Science in Library and Information Science programme are to train information personnel in libraries, archives, record departments and information centres in order for them to acquire a mastery of information management skills and to produce graduate personnel capable of teaching information science at various tertiary institutions. 

In addition to the major objectives mentioned above, the programme is designed: 

  • To prepare students to develop an in-depth level of scholarship through the provision of opportunities for staff development at graduate level.
  • To produce high quality graduates who can competently facilitate the satisfaction of the information needs of various clientele in all of the segments of the information services industry
  • To enable students to understand, articulate and master the information phenomenon and apply it to national information needs.

 Entry requirements

  • At least a Lower Second Class Degree in any other subject field plus a post graduate qualification or the equivalent in Library and Information Science.
  • At least a Lower Second Class Honours Degree in Library and Information Science or in any other related subject field
  • Applicants who have obtained a Third Class degree at undergraduate level and have at least five (5) years relevant experience in information-related field, for instance, Information and Communication Technology, Records and Archives Management and Information Systems Management may be considered for admission on a special entry basis.
Duration of the Programme

The programme consisting of eight (8) taught courses and examinations plus a dissertation, shall last a minimum of 15 months and a maximum of 24 months on a full-time basis. 

On a part-time basis, the programme will be studied over a minimum period of 24 months and a maximum period of 36 months.

There may be bridging courses between registration and commencement of the academic year.

Structure of the programme

Full-time programme

In Semester I five (5) core courses and one (1) elective will be taught and examined. In Semester II candidates will take two (2) elective courses. After examination of the electives, they will concentrate on the writing of the dissertation. 

Part-time programme

On a part-time basis the delivery of taught courses will be by block release. A total of five (5) core courses and one elective will be offered during Semesters I and II of the first year. In Semester I of the second year, students must select two (2) electives from a complement of six (6). 

In Semester II of the second year candidates will concentrate on the writing of the dissertation. The research project leading to the dissertation may commence anytime after Semester II of the first year. But the writing of the dissertation will be after examination of the taught courses.



Registration of students shall be at the beginning of the academic year.


  • Formal examinations shall take place at the end of each semester.
  • Examinations will be subject to external assessment.
  • The students shall make an oral presentation of their proposed research at the end of Semester I of year submit a written dissertation and attend a viva voce at the end of Semester II.
  • In order to proceed to the writing of the dissertation the student must have passed all taught courses.
  • The pass mark is 50%.
  • A student who fails any of the taught courses and is allowed to repeat the course may be exempted by Senate, on the recommendation of the Departmental Panel of Examiners, from those courses which he/she has passed.
  • Candidates must pass all examinations before proceeding to the next academic year.
  • If a candidate fails a course, he/she may with the approval of Senate, write a supplementary examination.
  • A supplementable mark should be at least 40%.
  • No student shall be allowed to repeat a module more than once.


  • Full-time students must normally submit their dissertation during the academic year for which they are registered.
  • Students may submit their dissertation only after successful completion of taught courses.
  • Part-time students must submit their dissertation at the end of the second academic year for which they are registered
Post-Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science (PDLIS)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science (PDLIS)


The Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science (PDLIS) is a basic qualification designed to impart information management skills to any graduate pursuing a professional career in Library and Information Science. It is a part-time programme. Successful PDLIS graduates may proceed to the Masters LIS programme. 
These regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for Post-Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Communication and Information Science regulations.


  • To provide opportunity to graduates from various disciplines involved in information-related work to acquire information management skills.
  • To produce professionals that display simultaneously mastery of both indigenous and global knowledge systems.

Entry requirements

Normally applicants should hold a first degree in any discipline from a recognised university. A teaching diploma or relevant post qualification work experience would be added advantages.

Programme duration and content

  • Normally the programme shall be completed in not less than 15 months on a part-time block release basis.
  • Stages I and II will consist of 5 courses each and Stage III will consist of 4 courses, 3 of which are compulsory and 1 elective.
  • Electives offered in any academic year will be determined by the availability of lecturers and demand. 

Structure of the programme

  • The programme shall consist of 3 Stages and each Stage is equivalent to a semester.
  • The programme shall normally commence at the beginning of each calendar year.

Mode of instruction

  • Each module will be formally presented through lectures, seminars and workshops.
  • Students will be requested to submit a maximum of 3 written assignments for each course.
  • Interaction between students and course lecturers may be extended to outside the prescribed contact hours on an individual or small group basis through a mentor system.


  • A formal 3 hour written examination shall be conducted in all taught courses.
  • Examinations will be subject to external assessment.
  • Students shall submit a written research paper.
  • The pass mark is 50%.
  • A supplementable mark shall be at least 40%.
  • If a candidate fails a course, he/she may, with the approval of Senate, supplement the examination. If he/she fails the research paper, he/she may re-submit it during the supplementary time, or repeat as provided for in the General Regulations.
  • Students shall not be allowed to repeat a course more than
  • Written supplementary examinations shall be limited to two courses in a Stage.
  • Candidates must pass all courses in one Stage before proceeding to the next.


Departmental Staff


Dr Thomas Matingwina: Chairperson


Esabel Maisiri : Lecturer


Similo Mhlope Tizora : Lecturer


Pauline Ngwenya Tizora : Lecturer


Angelica Nyaku : Lecturer


Takawira Machimbidza : Lecturer


Notice Pasipamire: Lecturer


Elisha Mupaikwa: Lecturer


Takawira Machimbidza : Lecturer


Vigilence Kuzipa: Senior Secretary

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