Information Management MSc

1. Overview

Our MSc Information Management degree has been developed with employer feedback and close consultation from practitioners and professional bodies.

Our Librarianship and Information Management courses are rated highly within The Complete University Guide subject tables.

The MSc Information Management has been designed to meet the requirements of students who are new to the subject as well as those who are seeking to enhance their existing levels of professional aptitude. The course will develop your abilities with relevant academic knowledge and practical skills, preparing you for career opportunities within the field of Information Management. The course is available to study online by supported distance learning. We are part of iSchool -  the world's leading group of Information Science departments. 

Student comments...

“The course has contributed massively to my professional and personal confidence”.

“A good variety of further readings were also provided that I can delve into and reference anytime according to my interests or based on needs arising at my work. I found this support was very helpful in getting me on a continuous lifelong learning path even after the modules ended”.

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2. What you will study

Stage 1

Exit Award: PgCert Information Management

Stage 2

Exit Award: PgDip Information Management

Stage 3

Award: MSc Information Management

Dissertation In Stage 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.

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 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:

  • 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

Placements for Distance Learners
Few distance-learners can consider a normal placement because they are usually in full-time employment and because a placement can only be organised via the School's Placement Office.

Placements are available on this course where the students can commit themselves to twenty working days or equivalent. In these cases, the department will organise (internal or external) virtual placement projects which can be completed remotely. Examples of recent projects have included:

  • The Improvement and Promotion of a library website to a Wider Audience Using Web 2.0', an e-learning project where the student acted as an eLearning champion' encouraging peer participation and facilitating the flow of information between staff and students
  • The creation of a lesson on study skills on effective search strategies for students beginning A2 level courses and the compilation of a literature review in order to understand the key linkages between organisational learning and organisational change.

However, for distance learners already employed in the sector the approach is more flexible. These students are able to complete the coursework assignment for the module based on their own relevant employment and using their current (or recent) professional experience, but only if it is directly relevant to the subject discipline.

This offers the student the opportunity to examine critically the day-to-day workings of their organisation and identify the different functions in the service relevant to their course of study. It also encourages them to identify and consider any practical problems that may arise in the execution of practical tasks and reflect/assess critically the value of their own contribution to the work of their organisation.

CILIP Accreditation
The course is accredited 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

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

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 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £3,310 Stage 1
  • £3,310 Stage 2
  • £2,200 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,100 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £3,060 Stage 1
  • £3,060 Stage 2
  • £2,040 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2,780 Stage 1
  • £2,780 Stage 2
  • £2,340 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,695 Stage 1
  • £2,695 Stage 2
  • £2,270 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,619 Stage 1
  • £2,619 Stage 2
  • £2,192 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,556 Stage 1
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,556 Stage 2
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,136 MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • Full-time - £8,900 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

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

Information services, found in every type of organisation in the public and private sectors, continue to be major employers for graduates, and information management remains a buoyant employment sector.

Indicative posts graduates have previously held include:

  • Document Controller
  • Senior Product Manager Data Manager
  • Head of Library
  • Knowledge Manager

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Start Date


Course Length

Online Learning - 3 years

Mode of Attendance

Online Learning

Academic School
School of Creative and Cultural Business
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.

  1. Testimonial – Adam Dombovari

    I found the lecturers at RGU struck the perfect blend of theory and applied skills throughout the modules which covered the entire information lifecycle from needs recognition to preservation/disposal.

    Online MSc Information Management – Adam Dombovari Information Management MSc

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