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Information Governance and Assurance (MSc)

Course Description

The Aberystwyth MSc/Diploma in Information Governance and Assurance (Distance Learning) will equip you with the highly desirable skills employers need to manage their most valuable assets in our global ‘information economy’. The Aberystwyth University course in Information Governance and Assurance will equip you to take a more hands on roll in developing strategy, policy and procedures for managing digital assets.

By studying Information Governance and Assurance at postgraduate level, you will be one of the first to graduate with this qualification. This is a new course and one of the first of its kind in the UK, combining Information Governance and Information Assurance in a single Masters qualification. Increasingly these two disciplines are located in the same individual or department, with Records and Information Managers taking a more hands on roll in developing strategy, policy and procedures for managing our digital assets. Information risk frameworks and assurance programmes can be useful tools in enabling those responsible for managing these assets to address issues of authenticity and integrity. Privacy, access, new means of storing and exchanging data and the sheer volume conspire to make this an exciting but challenging career path.

Traditional records management will form part of the curriculum, as will tools for management and research, but specific modules in assurance and compliance aim to further develop some of the skills now required by these new roles and encourage cross disciplinary thinking and working. They form part of a complex structure of assessments regarding information value, alignment, and assurance, all of which operate within an overreaching performance and risk framework. The role that records and information management professionals are now developing requires a high level understanding of these and related areas and how they function and interact within organisations. The ability to understand and communicate the record keeping needs to each of the various professions, business units and communities of practice responsible for enterprise wide initiatives is greatly enhanced by study of these convergences.

As a student studying through our Distance Learning programme, you are able to progress at your own pace, taking between two and five years to complete your studies. This highly practical course is built around a variety of reports, essays, presentations, and case studies which will enable you to relate theoretical knowledge to the workplace.

Applications are welcomed throughout the year for September entry. Please note that applications normally close at the end of July.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-governance-assurance-distance-learning-masters/

- Contact Time:
Contact time can be arranged remotely with your tutor. Attendance at at least two study schools is required and these provide the main contact.

- Assessment:
The programme is assessed on the basis of coursework in Part One and the dissertation in Part Two. Successful completion of Part One allows the award of a Diploma. The subsequent successful submission of your research dissertation (Part Two) leads to the award of an MSc.


Aberystwyth University’s MSc/Diploma in Information Governance and Assurance will introduce you to the challenges and best practice methods that determine the flow of information within and between organisations and their users.

You will study the core concepts, theories and models of information governance and assurance and apply your learning in a variety of organizational contexts, both in the public and private sectors.

The course may be completed at your own chosen pace. The study programme is divided into two parts. In part one, you will study a number of crucial core modules whilst directing your own study by choosing specialist modules, together worth a total of 120 credits. In part two, you will apply your learning in the individual dissertation worth an additional 60 credits. If you do not wish to complete the dissertation you can opt to exit with a Diploma.

In the 15,000 word dissertation, you will have the opportunity to explore an approved topic engaging with the central concepts, methods and techniques of information management and research, and in doing so aim to contribute to the national understanding of information, creation, use, management and control.

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.

As a student learning within our distance learning programme, you will attend an initial study schools in September.

Qualification: MScEcon/Diploma in Information Governance and Assurance

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

This degree will suit you:
- If you wish to obtain a Master’s degree or Diploma from one of the UK’s leading departments;
- If you wish to gain the knowledge and skills for professional work within fields relating to Information Governance & Assurance;
- If you wish to understand the impact of Information Governance & Assurance on global access to everything from cultural artefacts, government information, education resources and business activities;
- If you wish to continue your studies to a more advanced level through undertaking further postgraduate level research.

- Employability:
Every aspect of the Aberystwyth University’s MScEcon/Diploma in Information Governance and Assurance programme is designed to enhance your employability. This degree balances subject expertise with readily applicable management systems and thinking processes which will support you in any one of many chosen career paths. You will graduate with a significantly enhanced array of knowledge, abilities and skills.

As a graduate of this programme, you will possess a thorough understanding of how good management, necessary processes and best practise affect the flow and control of information. You will also be confident in the use of systems and tools used to order, store and retrieve information for analysis and application. These skills, which are fundamental to the subject, are applicable across a diverse array of workplaces where organisational abilities and analytical rigour are valued. Likewise, the study skills, research methods and interpersonal awareness that you will learn within the context of study can be applied in any place of work where people and systems meet. In addition, companies which acknowledge the value of information also benefit from our graduates’ information skills when applied to the areas of management, sales, production or marketing.

- Study in a Practical Context:
The content of this MScEcon/Diploma is weighted in favour of mastering the practical applications of Information Governance and Assurance. The University of Aberystwyth boasts library resources which are amongst the best in Europe. The Department’s specialist Thomas Parry Library on our own campus is one of the leading libraries for Information Studies in its own right. As a student, you will have access to this exceptional resource where you can apply your learning in activities which will convert the purely academic theory into the proven know-how of experience.

In addition to this, you will also have access to the University's Hugh Owen Library which houses more than 700,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 3,500 current periodicals. Also, the National Library for Wales next to the campus is one of the UK's five copyright libraries housing more than 6,000,000 volumes. In addition to the University's computing facilities, you will also have access to the Department's own extensive computer workstation rooms, all housed in a purpose built Department on the attractive Llanbadarn campus.

- Skills in Management of Systems and Stakeholders:
You will become well versed in contemporary management theory and practice of relevance to the management of the relationship between information and organisations. You will learn to analyse and control how information is transmitted to users, including access to information and measurement of use. The monitoring an analysis of data, and reporting to senior management, is crucial to the success of business organisations and initiatives. Mastering it will enable you to manage within a changing and turbulent environment and provide you with an understanding of the inter-relationship of the organization with its customers and stakeholders.

As business relies on meeting needs, this training will be a significant advantage to you in the jobs market.

Find out how to apply here http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-governance-assurance-distance-learning-masters/#how-to-apply

Visit the Information Governance and Assurance (MSc) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

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)



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



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)



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


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the MSc/Diploma in Information Governance and Assurance is a strong honours degree (in any discipline) plus a minimum of 6 months relevant experience in a suitable organisational environment, such as records and information management, IT or policy/strategy units or legal teams. Applicants must be in related employment for the duration of the course (supported voluntary posts are potentially acceptable) and have pre-defined Information and Communication Technology skills and access to a computer linked to the Internet.

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