Information Studies Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate Information Studies

1. Overview

This innovative course provides flexible entry to an education in the library and information management field.

It has been designed as an access route for those with work experience in the sector who do not currently have the necessary educational qualifications in this area. It allows them to gain access to Masters Degree courses in Information and Library Studies and Information Management and also enhances professional career development.

The entire course is delivered online, allowing you to study at a time to suit yourself and to interact with tutors and fellow students from all over the world.

2. What you will study

 The overall aim of the access course is to develop an understanding of the nature and characteristics of information in contemporary society and to explore the fundamental principles, concepts and methodologies in managing it effectively. The access course also aims to develop the study, research and learning skills of the students in order to prepare them for Masters level study.

The course is delivered through the University's online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle.

You will study four modules over the academic year, each one assessed with a coursework assignment when the module ends.

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

Distance 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.

4. Entry Requirements

You do not require any formal academic qualifications but will require appropriate work experience.

International students for whom English is not their first language will be required to provide proof of their linguistic ability, in the form of IELTS 6.5 or the TOEFL equivalent.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and Accreditations

Placements are not available on this course.

The award of Graduate Certificate Information Studies given on completion of this course has been promoted by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals as a means of wider access to professional qualifications.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £3,120 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £3,030 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £2,940 entire course

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £2,830 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2,740 entire course
  • £805 per module for CPD students

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £2,300 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £2,565 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £605 module, for CPD students


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


7. How to apply

Course Enquiries

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader -

All applications can be made through Apply Online

Course Enquiries and Contact:

The Undergraduate Office

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263800
Fax: +44 (0)1224 263838

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Course Length

9 months

Mode of Attendance

Online Learning

More Information:
Professor Peter H Reid Professor
+44 (0)1224 263927
Accredited By
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
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