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Information and Library Studies

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PgCert | PgDip | MSc Information and Library Studies

The online MSc Information and Library Studies course at Robert Gordon University, will develop your critical, analytical thinking and practice-oriented skills. It has been designed to replicate the environment found in the workplace by bringing together a mixture of theoretical and practical teaching methods.

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.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

32 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

33 months

Stage 1

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

Stage 2

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 on relevant work related skills.

Stage 3

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.



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

Online Learning

You will learn via our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle 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.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 40+ students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Webinar - 2-3 hours per term
  • Tutorial - 40+ students per group, 2 hours - online learning activities
  • Independent Study - 15 hours per week

How long is an Information and Library Studies course?

The Information and Library Studies MSc can be successfully completed within 12 - 33 months.

Independent Study

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 Online Learning 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.


Typically students are assessed each year*:

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 reports
  • 1 dissertation or practical project output (students can opt for project or dissertation)
  • 2 set exercises
  • 1 to 2 oral assessments
  • 1 group critique

*If studying over 3 years part-time, these assessments will be spread across the duration of the course.


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 Inclusion 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 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

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.


Job Prospects

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
  • Information Professionals and Programme Assistant  (UN International Criminal Tribunals)

What is needed for an MSc in Information and Library Studies?

  • 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. 

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

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 for further information.


Tuition fees for this Information and Library Studies course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

All Students - Full Time Online Learning

  • £9,620 entire course

All Students - Part Time Online Learning 

  • £3,600 Stage 1
  • £3,600 Stage 2
  • £2,420 MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2020/2021

All Students - Full Time Online Learning

  • £9,620 entire course

All Students - Part Time Online Learning 

  • £3,600 Stage 1
  • £3,600 Stage 2
  • £2,420 MSc Dissertation Stage

Additional Costs

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
  • Printing
  • £30 costs associated with external library visits

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

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:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Service and we'll do our best to help.

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