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Information and Library Studies MSc

Information and Library Studies MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computer Science Information Technology (General) Librarianship And Library Management Information Work / Information Use

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

This internationally-recognised, professionally-accredited conversion degree will provide you with a pathway into a continuously-evolving and exciting profession which supports and underpins the economic fabric of society.

For international applicants, this CILIP-accredited degree offers reciprocal accreditation in countries including the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and others. This means you can come to Scotland to study and work back home as a qualified information professional, or go abroad to work if you are from the UK.

Meeting the information needs of society is at the core of the work of the information professional. According to recent research from the learning company Pearson, the information profession will be one of the top in-demand careers in the UK and the USA through 2030.

This programme will provide you with a range of skills in high demand from employers. These include the ability to organise, synthesise, and make use of information for the advancement of society. Suitable for those holding an undergraduate degree from any discipline, the degree will prepare you for a wide range of positions in the information field.

Professional work experience

You'll obtain professional work experience via a one-day per week (one semester) work placement that is an essential integral part of the course.

On work placements, you'll see fundamental theories and practices gained through classroom and laboratory learning put into practical application. Work placements are available across many sectors, and include key information service providers such as:

  • Glasgow Life
  • National Library of Scotland
  • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • University of Glasgow
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Poetry Library.

What you'll study

The course is professionally accredited. It provides you with relevant work experience and required technological skills in the context of many information settings, resources, and services. You'll learn how to organise, retrieve, store, protect, and help people access information. You'll also develop skills that are highly sought after in digital work settings.

The course explores and discusses key concepts for the information society:

  • fundamental issues such as copyright, freedom of information, and data protection requirements in the modern era; related to this, you explore ethical and moral principles of the profession such as freedom of access to information and freedom of expression
  • you'll explore how and why people search for information, with an emphasis on understanding information behaviours and how they differ throughout society;
  • research skills across both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including instruction in the use of industry-leading software such as NVivo and Qualtrics
  • digital skills around preservation and access to information objects, incorporating skills such as web design, and digital imaging, as well as information retrieval systems
  • how to organise, classify, describe, and catalogue information for efficient access and retrieval including taxonomies, thesauri, metadata schemas including Dublin Core, and current library cataloguing standards such as MARC21 and RDA.


The information profession will be one of the top in-demand careers in the UK and the USA through 2030. Our graduates work across a range of sectors including:

  • government information services
  • legal libraries and court services
  • television and other media centres
  • corporate knowledge management
  • third sector/charities
  • health and social care organisations
  • university, college, public, special, and school libraries.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Students will learn how to: demonstrate the ability to critically examine a number of influential information seeking models; demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies for studying human information behaviour; demonstrate an advanced understanding of important concepts, such as relevance, in the context of information seeking and retrieval; demonstrate the ability to show how findings from information seeking theory and practice can inform the design of information access systems; demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theory and technology used to construct modern Information Retrieval and Information Access systems; demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the assumptions behind the evaluation of Information Retrieval systems; be familiar with a wide range of free and commercial information services and how to use them professionally for the benefit of users; understand the role of the information professional in selecting and acquiring appropriate information sources for user queries and understand how the internet impacts on the role of the information professional.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree or international equivalent.

University information

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