Recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), this route prepares graduates of all disciplines for a career in the modern information society and its industries.

The taught element is equivalent to a postgraduate diploma, and as a professional qualification enables progression to Chartership in your first professional post. Your study will focus on the principles for the organisation, retrieval and accessibility of information and on the strategic management of information organisations, such as libraries, the information landscape, for example online and on the web, and on the development of library services of all kinds. Successful completion of a dissertation develops your knowledge of the field and skills as a researcher resulting in the award of MA. You may undertake a placement, which we will help you to source, in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services. This will provide networking opportunities within the library, information and media industries.

Features and benefits of the course

  • The course is recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
  • Explore information and communications from the digital and human perspective.
  • Assess how information is managed and how individuals' lives, organisations and society have been influenced by the digital revolution
  • Gain skills that will enable you to be well-placed to pursue a career aligned with your interests, in a range of sectors.
  • The taught element of the course is the equivalent of a postgraduate diploma which is accepted by the CILIP as meeting the requirements for professional qualification and progress to chartership.
  • The programme has strong connections to the profession extended to the students via fieldwork placements, visiting speakers and workshops.
  • Close links with Departmental Research Groups in Information Literacy, Information Behaviour, Search & Retrieval, User Experience, Knowledge Management and Social Media & Communications.

Course details

The course is recognised and approved by the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), and the combination of taught units, dissertation and optional fieldwork will prepare you to take a leading role in rapidly evolving knowledge and information industries and enhance your skills for employability. Learning takes place in a vibrant environment, and you will be able to take advantage of our excellent connections to this sector via fieldwork placements and our programme of visiting speakers.

Core units

  • Evidence bases in Library and Information Science
  • Research Methods
  • Information Organisations and their Management
  • Information Organisation and Search
  • Assessing Information Seeking Behaviour
  • Digital Rights
  • Dissertation

You will choose one option unit from:

  • Digital Living
    - This is an optional unit providing a critical exploration of contemporary research on the global effect of digital communication technologies, and in particular social media and mobile communication, on life, work and politics. Students will critically evaluate and analyse the current changes to everyday life bought by the spread of social and mobile media and in particular in areas such as literacy, citizenship, community, culture, health and wellbeing.
  • E-Learning
    - This is an optional unit and provides an introduction to teaching and learning principles, from which students are taught how these principles may be applied to blended and online learning. Students will apply the principles of pedagogy to the design of teaching and e-learning.

Further options will be subject to availability, such as (from the MSc Information & Data Management):

  • Applied Programming
  • Text and Data Tech

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate UK honours degree (or international or professional equivalent) in any discipline.

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Last updated October 28, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 3 
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Full time
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: Full-time: £8,500 per year. Part-time: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Part-time fee: £1,612 per 20 credits studied per year.
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