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MSc Digital Information Services


Course Description

The Masters in Digital Information Services is designed to train you in the enhanced skills required for managing the transfer of electronic information within and between organisations and individuals. The Masters in Digital Information Services will address the theoretical and the practical – you will study managerial and strategic issues as well as the technical and practical aspects of digital library services and management. You will graduate with the skills and experience to handle information for any size of organisation, be it national, governmental or international.

As well as instructing you in subjects essential to a digital information professional – such as information architecture, literacy and management – your tutors will encourage you to work creatively and independently on your chosen areas of study. You will be pushed to innovate and approach your research topics with positivity, so that you can enhance the culture of your workplace through every possible means. In addition to subject-specific skills and knowledge, you will have the opportunity to undertake personal development and develop a set of widely-applicable professional skills to help you in any workplace – information-related or otherwise. On completion of this course your general employability will be greatly enhanced to give you the best possible chance of successful entry into your chosen career path.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/digital-information-services-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

- If you wish to receive first-rate training in the management of digital information
- if you want to master good management practices of human and financial resources
- if you are, or intend to be, a manager in an information context
- if you desire skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course detail

This Masters in Digital Information Services is designed to give you a profound understanding of how information is stored, retrieved, managed, reviewed and interpreted. You will go beyond this to interrogate the structures and systems that enable and limit these practices and to find more efficient and productive ways of operating. In addition, you will be encouraged to reflect on the subject to understand its impact on and responsibility for the health of wider society.

By the end of your course of study, you will be able to demonstrate a mastery of the technological processes of information management, such as the limits of software and hardware, such as the digitisation processes itself, metadata and issues of access and interfacing. Depending on your module choices, your study topics may include Publishing and The Web: Exploring New Technologies, Records and Information Governance, Digital Preservation, Knowledge Management and many more.

Your study will culminate in a significant piece of independent research and your academic dissertation on an aspect of digital information management that holds particular interest to you. You may choose to use this study as a showcase of your expertise or as a springboard into future study or research.

In addition to this first-rate training in digital information services, you will also nurture a skill set perfect for almost any role in any business or postgraduate workplace. You will be confident in research, analysis and planning, as well as writing, reporting and argument formation to justify your decisons in managing an organisation's most precious commodity: information. These are just some of the skills you will gain which will make you a desirable employee for a wide range of public and private sector organisations and businesses.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Assessment

The taught part of the course (Part 1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. Successful completion allows the award of a Diploma. The subsequent successful submission of your dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of a Masters.

Employability

More of our Postgraduate Students (74.1%) entered employment at a graduate level than the national average (72.1%), earnign more on average than Postgraduates in other fields. * 2010/11

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. This Masters will equip you with latest developments in information management, both in terms of technological and theoretical approaches. By balancing the theory with the practice, you will be strongly placed to succeed in the jobs marketplace, particularly in organisations that prize well-trained managers of its most valuable resource: information. The course of study will also equip you with a wide range of more general work skills – in research, analysis, writing, presentation and management – ensuring your employability is improved across the board.

Key Skills and Competencies:

- Study Skills:
You will develop skills in quickly and accurately assimilating and interpreting data – which you will find invaluable in managing future information transactions and storage. You will develop productive strategies for planning and problem-solving that can be applied beyond your chosen area of study, making you an versatile academic as well as a productive manager in a work context. You will also enhance your research skills which you will draw on in both your dissertation and future career.

- Self-Motivation and discipline:
Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

- Transferable Skills:
The Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines. Whether you pursue a career in an information pathway or not, the prestige of your Masters will open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/
Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

IMLIS Fully Funded Excellence Scholarships - 20+ Awards

How to apply: Separate application forms for the funding will not be required. Please apply for your Taught Masters course by following the information on the following website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply
Deadlines: 30th June 2014
Selection Criteria: These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence (1st Class degree holder); relevant work or other experience may also be taken into consideration
Further information: For informal enquiries please contact your Postgraduate Advisors on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees

Eligibility

The Institute of Management, Law and Information Science are offering two Fully funded Excellence Scholarships for September 2014 entry. These full fee scholarships are open to all Nationalities and are for full time study only on a Taught programme in the Institute. The scholarships cover full tuition fees only.

Application Procedure

Please see the Terms and conditions for IMLIS scholarships.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/imlis-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

IMLIS Taught Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

UK and EU students: 1st Class and 2:1 students: £2000 tuition fee scholarship. 2:2: £1000 tuition fee scholarship.
Overseas students: 1st Class and 2:1 students: £4000 tuition fee scholarship. 2:2: £3000 tuition fee scholarship.
How to apply: Separate application forms for the funding will not be required. Please apply for your Taught Masters course by following the information on the following website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/
Deadlines: You must hold an offer for an eligible programme in the Institute by the 31st August 2014. Please note that decisions on applications for taught courses can take up to two weeks so please ensure that you apply will in advance of this deadline.
Selection Criteria: The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and are subject to final grades. We will also consider relevant work or other experience when allocating scholarships.
Further information: For informal enquiries please contact your Postgraduate Advisors on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000-£4000

Eligibility

The Institute of Management, Law and Information Science are offering Taught Excellence Scholarships to external candidates (separate scholarship scheme for IMLIS and general Aberystwyth Graduates is also available) worth between £1000 and £4000. The scholarships for September 2014 entry are available for full time Taught programmes in the Institute and are open to all Nationalities.

Application Procedure

Please see the Terms and conditions for IMLIS scholarships.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/imlis-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or above Undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of 6 weeks work experience in an information resource environment. Candidates with equivalent experience and qualifications will be considered.

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