Taught course

Information and Library Studies

Robert Gordon University · School of Creative and Cultural Business

Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area.
Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
If an applicant does not fulfil the entry requirements an alternative 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 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. We are part of iSchool - the world's leading group of Information Science departments.

Student comments...

“I couldn't recommend the course enough for any future prospective students. Brilliant course”

"The course tutors have been supportive, encouraging and thorough, providing excellent course materials and learning opportunities. The learning forums have been an incredibly fruitful source of learning from my peers, and I could not have asked for a better learning experience. I have felt inspired and supported by both lecturers and fellow students”.

“The course has given me core skills directly and indirectly by providing bridges towards the wider world of professional practice and theory”.

“I would certainly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Information & Library Services.” - Catherine Jeromson

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,500 entire course
International students
£12,100 entire course

For more information, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/finance

Qualification and course duration


36 months
part time
36 months
distance learning
36 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
24 months
full time
9 months
24 months
part time
24 months


distance learning
12 months
full time
6 months
12 months
part time
12 months

Further details of qualification

By completing this highly-regarded course, students attain not only a Masters degree but one accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (an accreditation recognised by other professional bodies around the world).


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 262728