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Course content

This online course has been designed to provide a flexible access route if you have relevant work experience in the library and information management sectors but do not hold and undergraduate qualification to gain entry to Masters level courses.

You will gain an understanding of the nature and characteristics of information in contemporary society and to explore the fundamental principles, concepts and methodologies in managing it effectively. You will be able to draw upon your previous work experience and critically examine the day-to-day workings of your own organisation. You will develop your study, research and learning skills to prepare you for Masters level study in the areas of Information Management and Information and Library Studies.

What you will study

The course comprises four taught modules. All of the modules are rooted firmly in the contemporary issues and challenges facing the information professions in the twenty-first century and are designed to provide you with an understanding of information studies in a variety of different sectors.

Teaching and assessment

This course 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
  • Access to our online library


  • Tutorial - 3 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 8 hours per week
  • Blackboard collaborate group - 4 hours per course


The course materials are intended to provide a foundation on which students are expected to build their understanding through independent learning. This includes extra reading, research, watching online videos and personal reflection. Independent study makes up 40% of the course and evidence of such learning has a significant impact on assessment grades. 


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 through 4 reports.

Job prospects 

On completion of this course you will be prepared to study at postgraduate level and access our CILIP accredited MSc course in Information Management and Information Library Studies.

The course is widely used as continuing professional development by those already employed in para-professional information posts. Recent graduates from the course have included information managers, data analysts, library assistants and information officers in both the public and private sectors. 

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Information Studies (GradCert) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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