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Robert Gordon University

Information and Library Studies
Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University

About the MSc in Information and Library Studies

The MSc in Information and Library Studies has been established for over thirty years and has an excellent record of student success. This practice-based course replicates the workplace environment in many of the taught modules and you will develop your problem-solving, communication and research skills. Additionally, you will learn how to evaluate and practice these skills and utilise them in a professional context.

Course Content and Benefits

In the knowledge-based society of today information professionals provide a vital role across all areas of industry. This course provides you with a firm grasp of the theories and principles of management, information retrieval and information technology. Effective communication is fundamental to this and must be combined with the skills required in the management of information.

Our graduates now work in all parts of the information and library sectors, ranging from traditional librarianship to information management and research. This course gives you a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the UK. Graduates with a Masters degree have a qualification that is professionally recognised throughout the English-speaking world. You will study seven taught modules, plus a fieldwork placement and a dissertation.

Through the Aberdeen Business School Placement Office, we consistently find suitable placements (4 weeks) for all our full-time students.

The placement is undertaken after the taught modules are completed. These taught modules are:
• Information Studies
• Information Management
• Technical Services
• Reference and Enquiry Services
• Information Retrieval
• Resource Management
• Research Methods

The MSc Information and Library Studies has the added flexibility of being taken in a range of modes. A postgraduate certificate (PgCert), diploma (PgDip) or a masters (MSc) can be taken depending on the stage taken. The course can be taken either full-time on campus, part-time or online though the Virtual Campus.

Professional Recognition

The Information and Library Studies Course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). The next accreditation is due in the summer of 2010. The Department of Information Management has a close relationship with CILIP and hosts a CILIP Student Conference each year. The department also has links with other bodies in the sector, both locally - with Grampian Information, and nationally - with the National Library of Scotland. CILIP accreditation means that the course is recognised, around the world, by other professional bodies such as the American Library Association and the Canadian Library Association. In practice this means that these bodies recognise CILIP as the appropriate national accreditation body for the United Kingdom and graduates from accredited programmes possess the appropriate professional degree for librarians and are considered acceptable for employment in the United States and Canada. Details can be obtained from the American Library Association (ALA).

Career Opportunities

The information industry is expanding rapidly, providing a wide range of opportunities for graduates properly equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills. This course provides students with a blend of these skills. Libraries and information services, found in every type of organisation in the public and private sector, continue to be major employers for our students.

The job market continues to grow, with fluctuations in the demand for librarians in public and academic libraries paralleled by a continual expansion in the number of librarians and information scientists in specialised information services in both the public and privately funded sectors. Opportunities are also arising from developments in networking and multimedia information services within commercial and educational establishments. This course prepares the student to work in or enhance their career in all aspects of the information sector.

Here is what just a handful of our recent graduates are doing now:
• Manager Information Management & Delivery, Kerr-McGee North Sea (U.K.) Limited;
• Assistant Librarian, Trinity College Library, Dublin;
• Rare Books Curator, National Library of Scotland;
• Librarian, The English College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
• Radio Media Manager, BBC Scotland;
• Serials Librarian, Courtauld Institute of Art.

About the Department of Information Management

Information and its effective communication is a fundamental and vital activity within all areas of industry, commerce, government, education, and social life. Professionals working in this broad area provide an understanding of the ways in which information services can be used; and expertise in accessing the wide variety of information sources available; and require a firm grasp of the underlying theories and principles of management, information retrieval, and Information Technology.

The problems presented to decision makers by information overload have become increasingly significant. Selectivity and screening of information are seen as growing in importance in the fields of business management, healthcare, and public policy making. The management of the intellectual capital of the organisation has also become increasingly important. Both commercial and public organisations recognise the significance of knowledge management, enabling staff to become information literate and becoming effective learning organisations.

Information professionals provide essential expertise in our knowledge-based society. There is a growing demand for individuals with the specialised skills required to manage information effectively. The group’s courses are intended to prepare graduates for a career in a range of environments, in the commercial and public sectors. In an assessment of Information Management teaching undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the teaching in this area was rated as excellent, with all aspects of the teaching being commended.

About Aberdeen Business School

Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional education in Scotland. Over 3,500 students are studying a comprehensive range of courses. In the School we have over 1,700 postgraduate students from over 80 countries and offer a truly international experience. Founded in 1965, the business school has just celebrated its fortieth year and continues to build on its firm foundation.

The Business School is part of The Robert Gordon University, which has been regularly acclaimed as the Best New University in the UK based on a formidable reputation for its pragmatic approach to higher education.

The Aberdeen Business School is one of the largest Business Schools in the United Kingdom. Currently it is structured in 8 departments: Accounting, Finance and Economics, Business and Management, Public Policy, Law, Information Management, Communication and Languages, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Associated with the departments, there are a number of satellite applied research centres in the field of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management, Tourism, Public Policy, and Transport Policy.

Aberdeen Business School have had AMBA accreditation for since 1999. The Business School is one of the largest providers of management education in the UK and have delivered online courses since 1999. We are rated excellent by the UK quality assurance agency for higher education and have a very strong portfolio of courses. The School offers 29 postgraduate courses with accreditation from CIPD, CIPS, AMBA, CIArb, CIMA, CIM, CMI, APM, IQA, Institute of Exporters, and CILIP to name a few. We have an extensive range of publications in our online library with approximately 3,500 academic journals.

Our Focus on Informed Learning

Aberdeen Business School is recognised nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of both students and employers. Our strong links with industry, commerce and the public sector enable us to ensure that our courses are practical and innovative and offer students the very best learning experience.

As a mark of the quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes many of our courses are recognised, or are accredited by, the professional organisations. This relationship between professional practice and academic rigour has meant that we continually appear in the top 5 for graduate and postgraduate employment in the Sunday Times University Guide. In 2006 RGU was ranked first for graduate employment in the UK. We enjoy the lowest unemployment of our graduates at 1.9% combined with the best rates of employment in graduate-level jobs of 86.4%.

Faculty Excellence

A teaching faculty that blends academic expertise with the credibility gained from current business, professional and consultancy activities supports the School’s programmes.

The staff also have an excellent record in attracting research funding from such bodies as the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and UNESCO.

Staff are also on the editorial boards of numerous international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, and the Journal of International Business and Economics Research.

Many of the School’s courses have a European and International focus and attract students from all parts of the UK, the EU and further a field. The resulting mix of students, cultures and customs creates a modern cosmopolitan study environment from which staff and students benefit.

Aberdeen is located in the North East of Scotland. It is known as the Oil capital of Europe and has a large number of Oil majors based in the city. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. Aberdeen has been voted the best place to study in the UK for the last 2 years. Students from International destinations would qualify for the fresh talent initiative on graduation.


Address Information

Address Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QE
Tel. No. +44 (0)1224 262 000
Fax No. +44 (0)1224 263 838
E-mail address
Course Information and Library Studies - PgCert/PgDip/MSc
Type of Programme Full-time, Part-time and Online
Length of Programme 1 year Full-time
3 Years Part-time and Online
Date of commencement 15 September
Class size On-campus 30;
Distance learning 80
Student accommodation Available
Fees Full Time
UK/EU Student Entire Course £3,160 Overseas Student
Entire Course £8,700

Part Time
UK/EU Student Year 1 & 2 £1,580 per year

Distance Learning
PgCert Stage Only £2,180
PgDip Stage Only £2,180
MSc Stage Only £1,712
Per Module £625
11. Student grants / Financial assistance Grants are available for entire tuition fees, paid by SAAS for the duration of the course. All eligible applicants to the course will be considered for an award. You may also be eligible for an income-assessed maintenance grant of up to £3,505 and, if you have children, child care grants are also available.
Top recruiters of graduates Library and information services in the public and private sectors; academic libraries; research organisations;
Admission requirements The requirement for successful admission to the course is an honours degree. In certain circumstances, students with ordinary degrees who have extensive appropriate work-experience within the sector can be admitted to a particular course.
Course Director Dr Peter Reid
Student profile 1.Countries of origin: 15+
2. Ratio Men: Women 30:70
3. Age Range: 22-50
4. Average Age: On-campus ca. 25; distance learning ca. 30-35
5. Average Work Experience: Some students enrol directly from undergraduate degree others, particularly distance learners, have extensive work experience within sector at paraprofessional level.

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