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Information Science (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

Are you looking for a Masters-level qualification that will open doors to jobs and promotions in the field of information science? This course combines core modules in information science with options that range across the sub-disciplines of data analytics, library management and records management.

The core modules cover topics such as human information behaviour, interactive information retrieval, user-centred design and persuasive technologies. You will solve problems from a number of perspectives: as a developer of rigorous technical solutions, as a manager who wants to achieve a profitable and sustainable advantage, and as an ethical and socially aware information professional who understands the role of information within the wider social context.

For your optional modules, you have the flexibility to pick and choose from different sub-disciplines of information science. If you are sure that you want to focus on just one sub-discipline, we offer a suite of more focused courses: MSc Information Science (Data Analytics), MSc Information Science (Library Management), and MSc Information Science (Records Management).


All of Northumbria’s information science postgraduate courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, with our Records Management pathway also accredited by the Archives and Records Association. These accreditations make our courses stand out and enhance their credibility and currency among employers, and are also crucial for progressing to Chartership status once qualified.

CILIP assessors particularly commended the way in which the programme had been developed to take account of the changing requirements of employers and feedback from students. The resulting course was particularly strong in the digital elements of information work, and in developing students’ transferable skills

Full time


Distance Learning


Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who are excited by the opportunities related to the uses and users of information, the applications of information and powerful information technologies. It’s a great way to add a Masters-level specialism to your undergraduate studies in any subject, such as computing, business or social sciences. It’s also valuable if you’re already working in this profession: you will have your knowledge enhanced with cutting-edge developments in the technology and management core to any information environment.

Visit the Information Science (MSc) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent.

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