Information Studies

Graduate Certificate

information studies course
This online course has been designed to provide a flexible access route if you have relevant work experience in the library and information management sectors but do not hold and undergraduate qualification to gain entry to Masters level courses.

You will gain 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. You will be able to draw upon your previous work experience and critically examine the day-to-day workings of your own organisation. You will develop your study, research and learning skills to prepare you for Masters level study in the areas of Information Management and Information and Library Studies.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
9 months
The course comprises four taught modules. All of the modules are rooted firmly in the contemporary issues and challenges facing the information professions in the twenty-first century and are designed to provide you with an understanding of information studies in a variety of different sectors.
 
 

Modules

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 and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

This course is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study.

CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will 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 interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library
Activity Summary
  • Tutorial - 3 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 8 hours per week
  • Blackboard collaborate group - 4 hours per course
Independent Study

The course materials are intended to provide a foundation on which students are expected to build their understanding through independent learning. This includes extra reading, research, watching online videos and personal reflection. Independent study makes up 40% of the course and evidence of such learning has a significant impact on assessment grades.

Staff Delivering on This Course

This course is taught by the academic staff within Information Management who have significant teaching and professional industry experience. They will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses while you study at a distance. Staff are actively engaged in research and scholarly activities which ensures the course is relevant and you are prepared for professional practice in contemporary issues.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed through 4 reports.

Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CAMPUSMOODLE

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

 
 
JOB PROSPECTS

On completion of this course you will be prepared to study at postgraduate level and access our CILIP accredited MSc course in Information Management and Information Library Studies.

The course is widely used as continuing professional development by those already employed in para-professional information posts.  Recent graduates from the course have included information managers, data analysts, library assistants and information officers in both the public and private sectors. 

CAREERS

 

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

All Students

  • £3,120 entire course
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

All Students

  • £3,210 entire course
ADDITIONAL COSTS

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

STUDENT FUNDING

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

STUDENT AWARDS AGENCY FOR SCOTLAND (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

 

Got a question about this course? Contact our team and we'll try to answer all your queries.

The course has not only provided me with professional knowledge and practical skills to work within the information field, it has also prepared me for the dedication and commitment needed to continue to Masters level. Without this qualification and the support of the tutors at RGU, I could not have reached the level I am at today.
NICOLE BOYCE, GRADUATE CERTIFICATE INFORMATION STUDIES GRADUATE

Accreditation

Accredited By

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

This course has been accredited by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

The Information Management subject area is an iSchool committed to the highest standards of quality and best practice in pedagogy and research. 

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