Digital Curation MSc

1. Overview

The CILIP accredited MSc Digital Curation course is designed to equip students with relevant knowledge and skills, including knowledge organisation and project management.

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The course has relevance to multiple industries including: business data management, cultural and heritage organisations, the library and information science sector (including academic research data management) and public sector data management.

The course has been developed in close consultation with leading Digital Curation practitioners. Students benefit from guest presentations and opportunities to engage with relevant organisations to develop professional practices.  We are an iSchool -  the world's leading group of Information Science departments. 

Digital Curation Modules & Overview

Please note this course is currently closed for applications for entry in 2018/19.

2. What you will study

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Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Online Learning
Our supported online 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:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • 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.

Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

CILIP Accreditation
The course is validated by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). By completing this Masters degree, students attain a qualification that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, an accreditation recognised by professional bodies around the world, including the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and the Australian Library and Information Association.

6. Student Funding


Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information:

Information, Communication and Media Scholarships

Postgraduate Funding

Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years. Postgraduate Student Finance

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, Further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £3,410 stage 1
  • £3,410 stage 2
  • £2,280 stage 3

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £3,310 stage 1
  • £3,310 stage 2
  • £2,200 stage 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £3,150 stage 1
  • £3,150 stage 2
  • £2,100 stage 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £3,060 stage 1
  • £3,060 stage 2
  • £2,040 stage 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,780 stage 1
  • £2,780 stage 2
  • £2,340 stage 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,695 stage 1
  • £2,695 stage 2
  • £2,270 stage 3

UK/EU Students


  • £5,000 entire course

International Students


  • £10,000 entire course


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

This course is currently closed for applications for entry in 2018/19.

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

There is growing recognition, in the public and private sectors, of the need for more effective digital asset management in terms of the creation, preservation and exploitation of digital data. Here are a small sample of roles that graduates of the MSc Digital Curation may find employment in:

  • Digital Curation Service Manager
  • Curation Tools and Services Developer
  • Digital Heritage Officer
  • Research Archive Manager
  • Multimedia Systems Business Analyst
  • Metadata Curator
  • Digital Resources Specialist

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Start Date

Course is closed for 2018/19

Mode of Attendance

Online Learning

Academic School
Aberdeen Business School Information Management Department
Accredited By
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • iSchool


    The Department of Information Management is an iSchool - the world's leading group of Information Science departments.

“I do most of my studying at home and find the virtual learning environment very easy and very intuitive. The inclusion of practical exercises have been a highlight for me.”

Postgraduate student Information Management MSc

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