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Information and Library Studies MA (Distance Learning)

Information and Library Studies MA (Distance Learning)

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Libraries / Librarianship Information Work / Information Use

Course type


Course Summary

This MA accredited by the UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), will equip you to fulfil the essential role that companies and professional bodies need to compete effectively in a fast-moving national and international business environment. The skills for library and information professionals are in high demand as employers need to manage their most valuable assets in our global ‘information economy’. Information Studies at Aberystwyth has an impressive track record, having produced some of the UK's, and indeed the world's, leading librarians and information professionals.

This MA course is identical to the 5 year version (P194D) but the pace of progress is more intense to satisfy the regulations of the UK Postgraduate Master's Loan. If you do not intend to take out such loan to fund your studies we recommend applying for P194D which can be undertaken flexibly over 2-5 years and allows more time for a work / life balance. As a Distance Learner in employment, you should find that your work experience enhances your studies, while your studies enable you to reflect on your work in new ways and to promote the best current practice in your workplace.

The range of posts to which our graduates progress widens all the time. In addition to the traditional library and information service sector, our graduates also go on to work as: Information Officers; Information Managers; Information Systems Officers; Information Analysts; Computer Systems Officers. Companies benefit from our graduates’ information skills when applied to the areas of management, sales, production or marketing.

Throughout this course, you will develop: Subject specific expertise, including a thorough understanding of factors affecting the flow of information and the challenges of organising, storing, and retrieving information; Confidence in the use of systems and their tools to order, store, and retrieve information; Key information handling skills, including the ability to analyse and control how information is transmitted to users, access to information, and measurement of its use; ICT, management, and interpersonal skills; Study skills and research methods; Mastery of the practical applications of Information and Library Studies.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Aberystwyth University | 5 years | SEP

Study mode

Distance without attendance


5 years

Start date



Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £8,040 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a strong honours degree at undergraduate level plus a minimum of 6 months experience in a relevant information resource environment. Candidates with equivalent experience and qualifications will be considered.