The course will enable you to obtain a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and recognised by the profession worldwide.
Our Librarianship and Information Management courses are rated highly within The Complete University Guide subject tables.
This course brings together a mixture of theory and practice that replicates activities found in the workplace. It attaches strong importance to producing creative and reflective practitioners and prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities, ranging from traditional librarianship to information management and research. A variety of research methods and techniques are taught and our students are equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills.
The MSc Library and Information Studies is available to study full-time or by distance learning. It also offers a four-week placement opportunity for full-time students.
See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/information-communication-and-media/information-communication-and-media-study-options/postgraduate/information-and-library-studies
All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.
Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.
In the case that an applicant does not fulfil the entry requirements an access route to the course is the Graduate Certificate Information Studies (Access Foundation pre-masters course). The course starts in September and January and it is studied online over 9 months.
Students who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in the same or similar subject area from another academic institution can be accepted for the MSc on the basis of completing two taught modules: The Fieldwork Placement and Research Methods. Credit transfers based on previous study will require a detailed syllabus and exemptions can be given for up to half the taught part of the course except Fieldwork Placement and Research Methods. For other credit transfers a clear match must be demonstrated between the previous studies completed and the subjects covered in our degree.
What you will study
On-campus - Full-time or Part-time:
Full-time study on campus is completed in 12 months or part-time over 3 years. The course consists of the taught (Diploma) element and the Dissertation element. The taught part is composed of eight modules (each worth 15 credits) and once you have passed all of them you will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma. You can then proceed to the dissertation stage (worth 60 credits). Once it is successfully completed you are eligible for the MSc (a total of 180 credits).
Distance learning - Part-time:
Study is online through the University's virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, which offers the opportunity to interact with tutors and fellow students from around the world. All the modules can be also taken on a free-standing basis through the Postgraduate Professional Studies Programme and may contribute to your own Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
•Cataloguing and Classification
Exit Award: PgCert Information and Library Studies
•Managing Library Services
•Professional Fieldwork Placement
Exit Award: PgDip Information and Library Studies
Award: MSc Information and Library Studies
Dissertation In Semester 2, you will present a written research proposal for submission. 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.
How you will learn
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.
Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).
Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.
Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students 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 online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library
As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.
The information industry continues to expand, providing a wide range of opportunities for graduates equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills. This course prepares the student to work in or enhance their career in all aspects of the information sector. Our graduates now work in all parts of the information and library sectors, ranging from traditional librarianship to information management and research.
The job market is changing too, with fluctuations in the demand for librarians in public and academic libraries paralleled by a continual expansion in the number of librarians and information scientists in specialised information services in both the public and privately funded sectors. There are also many opportunities arising from developments in networking and multimedia information services within commercial and educational establishments. Here is what some of our recent graduates are doing now:
- Systems Librarian, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
- Online Information Relationships Manager, Thomson Reuters, London
- Library Media Centre Specialist, International School of Aberdeen
- Head librarian, Western International School, Shanghai
- Senior Information Researcher, U.S. Embassy to Italy, Rome
- School librarian, The Wordsley School, West Midlands
- Group Information & Research Analyst, Acergy Group, Houston Texas
- East Asian Studies Librarian, University of Edinburgh
If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline
The course is ideal for students who possess an undergraduate Honours degree in any discipline. Other qualifications and experience will be considered with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award. In certain circumstances, students with ordinary degrees who have extensive appropriate work-experience within the sector can be admitted to a particular course.