MSc Information Management

Masters in Information Management

1. Overview

This course has been developed in direct response to feedback from employers and with close consultation from practitioners and professional bodies.

Our Librarianship and Information Management courses have just been rated Top in the UK university rankings in The Complete University Guide 2013 subject tables.

The MSc Information Management has been designed to meets 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

English Language Requirements

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 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

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship is available to:

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

7. Course Fees

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

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Alan MacLennan
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263910
Email: a.maclennan@rgu.ac.uk

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.

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Start date
September/January
Course length
Online Learning - 3 years
Mode of Attendance
Online Learning
Academic school
Information Management Department Aberdeen Business School
Teaching locations
Garthdee
More information:
Dr Alan MacLennan +44 (0)1224 263910
Validated By
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Fact

  1. Robert Gordon University has been ranked top of all universities in the UK for the study of Librarianship and Information Management in the Complete University Guide 2013.


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