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Course Content

Course content

This online course is designed to provide you with a well-rounded and balanced introduction to all aspects of information work including sources and services, information retrieval and information dissemination. The course is suitable if you have no prior experience of the subject or are currently working within the sector and are seeking to enhance your knowledge and skills.

The course has been developed in close consultation from practitioners and professional bodies and our continued strong relationships with industry ensure it is continuously evolving in line with industry demand. It has a practice-based approach, replicating workplace challenges in many of the taught modules. You will develop problem-solving, learning and research skills that are necessary for employment in this sector, as well as developing transferable skills in information and communications technologies, project management, communication skills and team working.

Ranked 2nd in Librarianship and Information Management

The Complete University Guide 2018

What you will study


You will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to manage information, knowledge systems and services, execute search strategies, evaluate information governance issues (both legal and ethical) and methods of knowledge and information organisation and create and implement effective and compliant records management policies.


You will learn to design and implement database solutions, evaluate recent technologies and create practical strategies for information dissemination. You will be able to identify and conduct independent investigations of a topic of interest relating to the information profession.


You will design, execute and critically evaluate a research or development project of relevance to the field of information and knowledge management. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

Teaching and assessment


This is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study.

CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. 

The interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material 

You will also have access to ProQuest® Graduate Education Program online databases for training in online information retrieval.

  • Lectures - 2 hours per week
  • Webinar - 2 -3 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 15 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 7 hours per week (for 1 semester in Year 2)


The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 15 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.


This course is taught by the academic staff within Information Management who have significant teaching and professional industry experience. They will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses while you study at a distance. Staff are actively engaged in research and scholarly activities which ensures the course is relevant and you are prepared for professional practice in contemporary issues.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.


Typically students are assessed:

Year 1

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 practical skills assessment

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation or project


You will have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week unpaid fieldwork placement at the end of Year 2. You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you remotely in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.

If you are already employed in the sector, you can carry out the placement within your organisation to allow you to critically examine the day-to-day workings and identify the different functions in the service relevant to your course of study.

Alternatively (internal or external) virtual placement projects, which can be undertaken remotely can be organised for students.

Job prospects 

Information Services is found in every type of organisation in the public and private sectors and continues to offer a number of graduate opportunities. On completion of this course, you will be prepared for a career as an information professional and have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of organisational, consultancy and research roles which also demand expertise in information and knowledge management. Example organisations include libraries, charities, health boards, police services, media services, the arts and oil and gas companies.

Recent graduates have gone on to take up specialist roles such as Risk Intelligence Analyst, Document Controller, Information Manager, Freedom of Information Support Analyst and Data Analyst.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Information Management (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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