The MSc/PgDip Information and Library Studies (ILS) covers the creation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in organisations and in society at large and therefore encompass both public and private sector libraries and information systems and services, together with related subjects such as management, publishing and the evaluation and use of information. The course is intended for graduates in any discipline who wish to pursue a career in the field of information or library services.
Diploma and MSc students follow the same instructional course for the first two semesters; thereafter, MSc students prepare a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, and practical laboratories. Dissertation is by supervision.
Students undertake the following compulsory classes:
* Organisation of Knowledge
* Management and Marketing of Information and Library Studies
* Library and Information Sectors
* Digital Libraries
* Information Retrieval
* Information Policy and Law
* Service Management
* Information Sources and Services
An individual research project on an approved topic, which allows students to pursue an area of specific interest, providing scope for original thought, research and presentation.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
The course opens up opportunities in a range of jobs in:
* The public sector: Universities, Schools, Museums and Archives, Public Libraries.
* The private sector: Legal and Financial Institutions, Media Companies, Publishing, Bookselling, Industrial Firms, Consultancy
* Not for profit: Research Institutes, Voluntary Organisations
MSc: 12 months full-time.
PgDip: 9 months full-time.