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With our Information Science MSc you can develop the skills and understanding to initiate, work with and develop modern information and data services.

Who is it for?

This course is for students with a first degree or equivalent in any discipline, who would like to start or develop a career working with digital technologies and media to manage information resources, systems and services. The course is also ideal for professionals wishing to update their knowledge and skills within the information sector.

Information Science is a broad, interdisciplinary field, which is relevant and applicable to all disciplines. Information Scientists may work in any organisation that collects and processes information of any kind. Whilst it has its origins in the handling of the scientific and technical literature, today the subject appeals to those who enjoy working with information resources of all kinds, and who have an aptitude for the technological systems and processes related to information storage, preservation, discovery and access.

Accreditation

City's Information Science course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). CILIP accredited courses are recognised by the American Library Association (ALA) and The Australian Library and Information Association, which means that our graduates are qualified to apply for posts requiring professional level qualifications in these countries.

Objectives

City's MSc Information Science is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of information systems and services, and their relevance and impact within different layers of society.

The course examines information infrastructures, communication processes, systems and services. Our course is grounded in the history and philosophy of information, embracing the legal, ethical, social and economic impact of information within specific subject domains, individual organisations, and contemporary society.

Content covers the fundamental concepts of data, information and knowledge, and builds on these to consider: metadata; database structure; information resources, retrieval, and access; measurement, analysis, and visualisation of information; preservation and security; information literacy; use of new and emergent technologies; methods of investigation; socio-cultural implications and policy formulation.

You will be equipped with insight into information flow within contemporary society, and its relevance and impact for communities. Throughout the course, there is a strong focus on technology, ethics, impact and influence of information on individuals, professions and society. Our focus is divided equally between theory and its application to practice. You will benefit from a high level of engagement with practitioners, and we are pleased to welcome many leaders in the profession as speakers on our modules.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods we use are designed to allow your specialist knowledge and autonomy to develop as you progress through the course.

Taught modules are usually delivered through a series of 30 hours of lectures. Lectures are normally used to:

  • present and exemplify the concepts underpinning a particular subject
  • highlight the most significant aspects of the syllabus
  • indicate additional topics and resources for private study

City's online learning environment, Moodle, contains resources to support face-to-face lectures, including lecture notes, further reading, web-based media resources and an interactive discussion forum.

In addition to lectures, you will have the opportunity to attend course-related workshops and seminars. You also will have access to a personal tutor, an academic member of staff from whom you can gain learning support throughout your degree.

Assessment

Each of the modules run by CityLIS is assessed through coursework, where you will need to answer a variety of assignments to show that you are able to apply your theoretical learning to practical situations. Elective modules may be assessed by examination.

On successful completion of the course's eight taught modules, you will undertake your dissertation. This is an original piece of research conducted with academic supervision, but largely independently. The dissertation allows you to demonstrate your ability to think and work independently, to be aware of and to comprehend current issues within the discipline and practice, to initiate ways of investigating and solving current problems or questions, and to deliver results, solutions and recommendations on time.

Modules

The MSc in Information Science is offered as a one year full-time course, or two year part-time course.

The course comprises seven core modules and one elective module. These taught modules run during the first and second terms, whilst the third, summer term is reserved for the dissertation. While we aim to run all of our advertised electives, we reserve the right to cancel an elective should this be necessary.

Each of the modules counts for 15 credits, and requires approximately 150 hours work, of which 30 hours are face-to-face instruction (this may be as lectures, seminars, group work, discussion, practical work), and 120 hours are self-directed study.

On successful completion of 8 taught modules, you can progress to the dissertation. The dissertation is worth 60 credits, and takes around 400 hours. This is an original piece of research conducted with academic supervision, but largely independently.

The goal of library and information science is to enable access to, use of, and consequent understanding of information. To do this, the discipline is concerned with the processes of the information communication chain: the creation, dissemination, management, organisation, preservation, analysis and use of information, instantiated as documents.

The MSc in Information Science covers:

  • history of information science
  • social-cultural impact of information science
  • information organisation
  • metadata
  • data visualisation
  • information resources
  • information law and ethics
  • information retrieval
  • information technologies
  • information management
  • information literacy
  • research methods
  • information services

Career prospects

MSc Information Science graduates have an excellent record of establishing successful careers in:

  • academic and special libraries
  • research data management
  • data analysis
  • scientific, healthcare, business or media information services;
  • content and records management
  • social media management
  • information architecture
  • information literacy training.

The course is also an excellent preparation for further study and research.

You can learn more about further study and research in the LIS field by visiting the Department of Library and Information Science page, and our CityLIS blog.


Visit the Information Science - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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