Information and Library Studies
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
You will explore the value of information to societies, how it is effectively organised, structured, managed and disseminated and the variety of sources and services.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and practice your skills within real-life scenarios
You will learn a variety of research methods and techniques and you will be equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills.
Ranked 2nd in Librarianship and Information Management
The Complete University Guide 2018.
You will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to perform professional tasks involved in information enquiry and reference work. You will gain an understanding of techniques of representation and organisation of recorded knowledge, cataloguing and classification
You will develop the capabilities of performing professional tasks in the management of modern library and information services within an information environment centre or library. You will be able to identify and conduct independent topical investigations and critically reflect (via a fieldwork placement) on relevant work related skills.
You will design and execute research and conduct a project of professional concern in the field of information and library studies. You will be able to analyse the results of such investigations and apply your communication and presentation skills at an advanced level.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions which compromise of a mix of group study, computer-based learning activities, case studies and presentations.
Part Time On Campus
Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of our online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.
You will learn via our online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. You will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.
All modes of study will have access to ProQuest® Graduate Education Program online databases for training in online information retrieval.
- Lectures (Full time) - 20-25 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Lectures (Part time, on campus) - 20-25 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Lectures (Online) - 40+ students per group, 2 hours per week
- Webinar (Online) - 2-3 hours per semester
- Tutorial (Full time) - 20-25 students per group, 4-6 hours per week
- Tutorial (Part time, on campus) - 20-25 students per group, 2-4 hours per week
- Tutorial (Online) - 40+ students per group, 2 hours - online learning activities
- Independent Study (Online) -15 hours per week
- External Visits (Full time/Part time, on campus) - 20-25 students per group, 5 hours per semester
- Placement / Work Based Learning (Full time/Part time, on campus) - 160 hours per academic year
- Placement / Work Based Learning (Online) - 7 hours for 1 semester in year 2
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 3 written assignments, including essays (Full time)
- 4 reports
- 1 dissertation (Full time)
- 1 portfolio (Full time)
- 2 set exercises (Full time)
- 1 project output (Full time - if students opt for project and not dissertation)
- 2 oral assessment (Full time)
- 1 oral assessment (Part time, on campus / Online)
- 1 group critique
- 3 written assignments, including essays (Part time, on campus / Online)
- 1 report (Part time, on campus / Online)
- 1 portfolio (Part time, on campus / Online)
- 2 set exercises (Part time, on campus / Online)
- 1 oral assessment (Part time, on campus / Online)
- 1 dissertation (Part time, on campus / Online) if students opt for dissertation and not project
- 1 project output (Part time, on campus / Online) if students opt for project and not dissertation
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 15 hours per week in the ODL mode of study working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
If studying on campus will have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week unpaid fieldwork placement in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.
If you are studying via ODL, internal or external virtual placement projects, which can be undertaken remotely, can be organised for students.
If you are already employed in the sector, you can carry out the placement within your organisation to allow you to critically examine other day-to-day working activities and identify different functions in the service relevant to your course of study.
Past students have completed their placement at the National Library of Scotland, Dublin City Libraries, The National Art Library at the V&A and the MCC Cricket Library at Lords.
The information industry continues to expand, providing a wide range of opportunities for graduates equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills. This course prepares you to work in or enhance your career in all aspects of the information sector. There are many opportunities arising from developments in networking and multimedia information services within commercial and educational establishments. Our graduates now work in all parts of the sector, ranging from traditional librarianship to information management and research.
Roles held by our graduates include Knowledge Manager, Acquisitions Librarian, Curate of Church of England, Information Assistant (within the Health sector), Development Officer with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and Programme Assistant (UN International Criminal Tribunals).
- 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 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:
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.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
Distance Learning Part-time
- £3,410 Stage 1
- £3,410 Stage 2
- £2,280 MSc Dissertation Stage
- £5,500 entire course
- £12,100 entire course
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance Learning Part-time
- £3,520 Stage 1
- £3,520 Stage 2
- £2,350 MSc Dissertation Stage
- £5,500 entire course
- £12,470 entire course
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- £30 costs associated with external library visits
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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:
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
The Information Management subject area is part of the iSchools organisation which is a consortium of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field iSchools.
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