Information Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

information management degree
This online course is designed to provide you with a well-rounded and balanced introduction to all aspects of information work including sources and services, information retrieval and information dissemination. The course is suitable if you have no prior experience of the subject or are currently working within the sector and are seeking to enhance your knowledge and skills.

The course has been developed in close consultation from practitioners and professional bodies and our continued strong relationships with industry ensure it is continuously evolving in line with industry demand. It has a practice-based approach, replicating workplace challenges in many of the taught modules. You will develop problem-solving, learning and research skills that are necessary for employment in this sector, as well as developing transferable skills in information and communications technologies, project management, communication skills and team working.

Ranked 2nd in Librarianship and Information Management
The Complete University Guide 2018

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
3 years
Stage 1

You will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to manage information, knowledge systems and services, execute search strategies, evaluate information governance issues (both legal and ethical) and methods of knowledge and information organisation and create and implement effective and compliant records management policies.


You will learn to design and implement database solutions, evaluate recent technologies and create practical strategies for information dissemination. You will be able to identify and conduct independent investigations of a topic of interest relating to the information profession.


You will design, execute and critically evaluate a research or development project of relevance to the field of information and knowledge management. 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.

Detailed module information
Activity Summary

This 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 

You will also have access to ProQuest® Graduate Education Program online databases for training in online information retrieval.

  • Lectures - 2 hours per week
  • Webinar - 2 -3 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 15 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 7 hours per week (for 1 semester in Year 2)
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 working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.


Typically students are assessed:

Year 1

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 practical skills assessment

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation or project

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


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.



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.



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.

University Library

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.


You will have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week unpaid fieldwork placement at the end of Year 2. You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you remotely in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.

If you are already employed in the sector, you can carry out the placement within your organisation to allow you to critically examine the day-to-day workings and identify the different functions in the service relevant to your course of study.

Alternatively (internal or external) virtual placement projects, which can be undertaken remotely can be organised for students.


Job Prospects

Information Services is found in every type of organisation in the public and private sectors and continues to offer a number of graduate opportunities. On completion of this course, you will be prepared for a career as an information professional and have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of organisational, consultancy and research roles which also demand expertise in information and knowledge management. Example organisations include libraries, charities, health boards, police services, media services, the arts and oil and gas companies.

Recent graduates have gone on to take up specialist roles such as Risk Intelligence Analyst, Document Controller, Information Manager, Freedom of Information Support Analyst and Data Analyst.


  • 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:

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 for further information.

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,280 MSc Dissertation Stage

All Students

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 MSc Dissertation Stage
Additional Costs

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

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

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

Alumni Discount

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.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

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 Team and we'll do our best to help.

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The flexibility of the course allowed me study from Glasgow, Berlin, Los Angeles, and all around New Zealand throughout my three-year degree. Straight out of graduating with an MA (Hons) in History, and therefore a complete novice, the tutors taught me how to design and build databases and websites, fulfil reference enquiries, create faceted classification systems and records management policies, conduct empirical research, and so much more.


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.

Accredited By

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

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