UWE Bristol

MSc Information Management

Our course is aligned to the requirements of the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base framework from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) who are our professional accrediting body.

Since the world went online, information has grown rapidly in volume and become infinitely more accessible. At the same time, information science and systems have been converging towards a common focus on information discovery, organisation, and management. Information management is essential in libraries, archives, museums and business, and is a much sought-after skill in careers spanning the sectors for example, in governmental, legal, financial, media and publishing organisations. Meanwhile, owners and users of information need to be able to access and evaluate information in faster and more intuitive ways.

The path to advanced management

The MSc Information Management is vocational and practice-oriented, designed to support information and knowledge managers. The course provides an excellent balance of traditional information management and library science, informed by cutting edge developments in information architecture and data management. It's an important route for anyone seeking professional chartership or progress to management roles.

"I have found the course exhilarating and challenging. The range of aspects of the information sector that we have considered is impressive. We have gained research and technical skills, as well as insights into numerous areas of specialist expertise. The guidance on soft skills and the demands of leadership in a profession that is undergoing considerable change have been particularly valuable." Emma, MSc Information Management

Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Career Prospects

This qualification is an excellent route to range of careers, and as a complement to existing career skills and professional development for example, for those moving into managerial roles. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of sectors, including educational, public sector and museum archivist roles, plus a variety of consultancy and professional services positions.

Alumni have prominent roles in local library services, university libraries in Bristol and Bath, with the government, and in records management roles in public and private sectors.

For anyone looking to pursue PhD research positions, this course is considered a highly valuable preparatory route.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

The course is designed to give you transferable knowledge, skills and approaches that support advanced information management roles and complement a range of wider management responsibilities.

Information Contexts (30 credits) - An introduction to key information issues in a selection of professional environments, together with over-arching themes such as information as a human right, understanding user information needs and fostering partnerships.
Knowledge Organisation (30 credits) - Essential practical skills, including metadata, mark-up and classification, and current issues in digitisation, digital collection management and digital curation.
Information and Digital Literacy (15 credits) - Investigating theories for assessing and using information resources, along with those on how to teach digital literacy skills and a study of the range of digital tools available for personal information management.
Personal and Organisational Management (15 credits) - Essential professional skills for the information specialist, including communication; networking; presenting; and people, project and financial management.
You will also choose two optional 15 credit modules from:

Big Data
Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation
Data and Information Governance
Designing The User Experience
Knowledge Management
Linked, Open Data and The Internet of Things
Social Media and Web Science.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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