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MA/PGDip Information and Library Studies (part time / distance)

Aberystwyth University
Contact time can be arranged remotely with your tutor. Attendance at at least two study schools in Aberystwyth, Wales, is required and these provide the main contact.

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
Core (100 Credits) The following modules are core and must be taken.

Semester 1
Research In The Profession DSM1810

Information And Society DSM7620

Studies In Management DSM7720

Information Organisation And Retrieval DSM7820

Information Sources And Services DSM7920

Collection Management DSM8010

Semester 2
Options You must take 20 credits of the following modules.

Core (60 Credits) The following module is core and must be taken. Dissertation
Training Fee
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
Contact E-Mail

- optional modules in Records and Information Governance, Digital Information and Digital Preservation

Aberystwyth University’s MA/Diploma in Information and Library Studies by distance learning will equip you with the highly desirable skills employers need to manage their most valuable assets in our global ‘information economy’. You will be able to identify, organise, retrieve and make accessible information across paper, electronic and multimedia formats. This MA or Diploma 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 Department of Information Studies at Aberyswyth has an impressive track record. In the department’s forty years of teaching, we have produced some of the UK's, and indeed the world's, leading librarians and information professionals. Our alumni include two national librarians (Wales and Scotland), the newly appointed first black national librarian in South Africa, and the Director of the Bureau for Library and Information Services at the United Nations.

This course features an extensive list of optional modules which allow you to direct your studies into areas which particularly fascinate you.

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 experience in new ways. Your studies can also help you to promote the best current practice in your workplace.

Although this postgraduate programme is primarily designed to meet the needs of those who wish to work in various types of information and library services, you can exploit the transferable skills mastered during the programme to pursue careers in related professions (e.g. media management and book publishing), or continue your studies to a more advanced level through undertaking further postgraduate level research.

Duration: Of flexible duration, generally taking between two and five years.
Contact Time: Contact time can be arranged remotely with your tutor. Attendance at at least two study schools is required and these provide the main contact.
Assessment: The programme is assessed on the basis of coursework in Part One and the dissertation in Part Two. Successful completion of Part One allows the award of a Diploma. The subsequent successful submission of your research dissertation (Part Two) leads to the award of an MA.
Entry Requirements: 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.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

The course accepts two intakes every year, one in April and another in September. Applications are welcomed throughout the year.

The skills of information and library professionals are in demand as employers recognise the necessity for staff to identify, organise, retrieve and make accessible information as it exists in paper, electronic and multimedia formats.

On this course you will be introduced to the key information handling skills as well as the opportunity to develop your ICT, management and interpersonal skills. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills for professional work. In addition, as the programme is studied at a distance, you should be able to feedback your newly acquired knowledge into your workplace as you progress.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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