Taught course

Information and Library Studies

Robert Gordon University · Aberdeen Business School

Entry requirements

The course is ideal for students who possess an undergraduate Honours degree in any discipline. Other qualifications and experience will be considered with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award. In certain circumstances, students with ordinary degrees who have extensive appropriate work-experience within the sector can be admitted to a particular course. All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course. Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas. English Language Requirements In the case that an applicant does not fulfil the entry requirements an access route to the course is the Graduate Certificate Information Studies (Access Foundation pre-masters course). The course starts in September and January and it is studied online over 9 months. Students who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in the same or similar subject area from another academic institution can be accepted for the MSc on the basis of completing two taught modules: The Fieldwork Placement and Research Methods. Credit transfers based on previous study will require a detailed syllabus and exemptions can be given for up to half the taught part of the course except Fieldwork Placement and Research Methods. For other credit transfers a clear match must be demonstrated between the previous studies completed and the subjects covered in our degree.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The course will enable you to obtain a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and recognised by the profession worldwide.

Our Librarianship and Information Management courses are rated highly within The Complete University Guide subject tables.

This course brings together a mixture of theory and practice that replicates activities found in the workplace. It attaches strong importance to producing creative and reflective practitioners and prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities, ranging from traditional librarianship to information management and research. A variety of research methods and techniques are taught and our students are equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills.

The MSc Library and Information Studies is available to study full-time or by distance learning. It also offers a four-week placement opportunity for full-time students.

Information for international students

For more information, international students should visit our International Office website: www.rgu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For more information visit http://www.rgu.ac.uk/informationlibrary
International students
For more information visit http://www.rgu.ac.uk/informationlibrary

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time
• £3,310 Stage 1
• £3,310 Stage 2
• £2,200 MSc Dissertation Stage

Scottish/EU Students

• £3,400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

• £5,000 entire course

International Students

• £11,740 entire course

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
24 months
full time
9 months


distance learning
12 months
full time
6 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Professional practice30
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1224 26 2209