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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 5000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 16000 per year

All study options

About Information & Library Studies at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

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You'll receive the highest quality teaching from the leading information science school in Scotland and one of the top three in the UK.* You'll also receive unmatched professional engagement via our partnership with one of the largest cultural consortiums in Europe.

It's the only course in the UK that in semester 1 or 2 will provide a weekly, one-day placement in a Central Scotland library and information service. Current partners include Glasgow Life, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scottish Enterprise, the BBC, and the Scottish Government. You'll be exposed to the latest developments in library and information practice to learn in practice alongside the theory you learn in lectures and labs. You'll also receive guest lectures from leading library professionals, and the option to undertake your MSc thesis research in the professional context.?

We're a member of the iSchools group, a partnership of the world's leading information schools, and our courses are professionally accredited by CILIP, incorporating international reciprocal agreements.

We're members of the two national Doctoral Training Consortiums, the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences.

Our staff are regular contributors to the leading international Information Science Index (ISI) ranked library and information science journals.

We have been a leading school of library and information science teaching and research for 70 years.

You'll study

Working across a vast spectrum of information resources, spanning special collections and digital services, you'll learn up-to-date theory and practice in:

  • strategic planning
  • information law and ethics
  • information seeking behaviour
  • information literacy
  • organisation and classification of information
  • information retrieval

You'll also be provided with a thorough understanding of the various information and library sectors, including public, academic, law, health, and government libraries through a range of leading guest speakers drawn from the wider profession.

Compulsory classes

  • Organisation of Knowledge
  • Information Retrieval & Access
  • Information Law
  • Library Technology & Systems
  • Managing Information Services
  • Libraries, Information & Society
  • Research Methods

Dissertation

This is an individual research project of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic. It allows you to pursue an area of specific interest, providing scope for original thought, research and presentation.

Work placement

Our Masters students are provided with real-world practical experience via a first or second-semester placement with one of our placement partners, which include public, university, and special libraries in Central Scotland. Partners currently include Glasgow Life, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scottish Enterprise, the BBC, and the Scottish Government?

Accreditation and engagement

Our postgraduate courses are internationally recognised, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), incorporating international reciprocal agreements with other professional bodies, including:

  • ALA (United States)
  • ALIA (Australia)
  • LIANZA (New Zealand)

CILIP accreditation also allows graduates the eligibility to become Chartered members of the body after following an approved professional development programme.

Our faculty are engaged with the work of professional bodies and are closely linked with the profession generally in terms of cutting edge research with professional partners. Departmental staff regularly present at professional conference worldwide, including:

  • IFLA (2014, 2015)
  • ASIST (2015)
  • CoLIS (2014)
  • ISIC (2014)
  • CILIP Cymru (2015)
  • CILIPS (2015)

Key facts

  • Study mode and duration:
    MSc: 12 months, full-time
  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,000

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £6,000

International

  • 2017/18 - £16,000

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements: UK Bachelor's degree at 2:1 or higher, or its equivalent if outside the UK.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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