Information Science MSc

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
8,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Information Science MSc

Information Science MSc - a City University degree programme

The course is applicable for professionals interested in working for information provisions in particular subject domains of healthcare, law and business. The course instils skills in technology and strategies for information handling in these domains including a focus on origins, organisation, flows and use and its changing nature and impact on society.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Previous relevant professional
experience is also considered.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components)

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers an MSc in Information Science.Information Science graduates have an excellent record of finding suitable jobs and going on to successful careers, most commonly in academic and special libraries, in scientific, healthcare and business information services, and in content and records management. The course is also an excellent preparation for further study and research.

Training Course Content

Information science studies the information communication chain in its entirety, from authorship, through publication and dissemination, organisation, indexing and retrieval to use.

The information chain is examined using the techniques of domain analysis, which underpin both vocational practice and academic research. Our course focuses on the foundations of Library and Information Science, information history, information organisation, information resources, information technologies and architecture, information retrieval and information behaviour.

The course combines knowledge of subject resources with technological solutions for information storage, access and retrieval; elective modules include web applications and data visualisation.

The course involves study of 7 core modules and 1 elective module, plus a dissertation.

Core modules are:

Library and information science foundation

Gives a thorough introduction to the principles and concepts of the information sciences, and shows that these foundations underpin the practice of information science, librarianship, and other information disciplines. Emphasis is places on a historical perspective, and on current and future developments, showing how basic principles can be used to make sense of complicated and changing issues.

Information resources and organisation

Gives an understanding of the principles and practice of the organization of information and knowledge. Topics covered include metadata, cataloguing and resource description, classification and taxonomy, subject headings and thesauri, indexing and abstracting, and construction of controlled vocabularies.

Information management and policy

Introduces the principles of the management of information resources of diverse kinds in a variety of environments, and the strategies and policies which make this possible. Emphasis is on the specific issues of the disciplines which manage information and documents: information resource management, knowledge management, records management and archiving, collection management, etc.

Digital information technologies and architecture

Provides the technical background required to store, structure, manage and share information effectively. Topics include: introduction to computing, internet and web, database systems and searching, Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, etc.), semantic web, information architecture

Research, evaluation and communication skills

Provides knowledge and skills which are relevant in the academic environment, in the workplace and for lifelong learning. Topics covered include: nature of research and evaluation; research methods, including surveys, system and service evaluation, system design, and desk research; data analysis; literature analysis; written and oral communication; ethical issues; project management.

Information retrieval

Provides a broad introduction to documentary information retrieval, and to the evaluation of information retrieval systems. Topics covered include information retrieval models, search strategy and tactics, bibliographic retrieval, OPACs, web search, mobile information retrieval, image and sound retrieval, implementation and evaluation of retrieval systems.

Information domains

Provides an understanding of information provision in a variety of domains, including academic subjects, professional disciplines and everyday and leisure topics; gives an insight into subject-specific information work. Topics include information in law, business, healthcare, and the arts, in academic subject areas such as history, mathematics, chemistry and languages, for everyday and general reference.

The elective module is chosen from a range which typically includes:

Libraries and publishing in the information society

Gives a broad understanding of the ways in which the publication of recorded information is changing, and the impact which this will have on publishers, libraries, other information providers and society in general. These issues are related within a framework of forces for changes: technical, economic, social and political.

Information law and policy

Independent study

Allows students to undertake individual in-depth study of a topic which is not fully covered by other modules, and which is appropriate for independent literature-based research. Topics are chosen by agreement between student and supervisor.

Web applications development

Introduces the principles and practice of building dynamic web applications. Topics covered include web applications architecture, markup languages, web servers and protocols, connectivity with database systems, client side processing, integration of components in a functional application

Data visualization

The aims of this module are to teach you how design and create graphics to represent data. It will teach you to allow you to build your own data visualization applications, identify principles of good information visualization design and provide structured guidelines for the data visualization workflow.

Read the full 2014 programme specification

Teaching involves a mix of formal lectures, seminar discussions, practical exercises, and private study, depending on the nature of the material. Face-to-face contact is supported by e-learning materials and social media. Assessment on all components is usually by individual coursework assignment.

Read the full 2014 programme specification

FULL-TIME study timetable:PART-TIME study timetable:
Semester 1YEAR 1, Semester 1
Digital Information Technologies and ArchitecturesMonday morningDigital Information Technologies and ArchitecturesMonday morning
Library and Information Science FoundationMonday afternoonLibrary and Information Science FoundationMonday afternoon
Information Management and PolicyFriday morningYEAR 1, Semester 2
Research, Evaluation and Communication SkillsFriday afternoonInformation RetrievalMonday morning
Information Resources and OrganisationMonday afternoon
Semester 2YEAR 2, Semester 1
Information RetrievalMonday morningInformation Management and PolicyFriday morning
Information Resources and OrganisationMonday afternoonResearch, Evaluation and Communication SkillsFriday afternoon
Elective moduleFriday morningYEAR 2, Semester 2
Information DomainsFriday afternoonElective moduleFriday morning
Information DomainsFriday afternoon

Please note that some electives run on days other than Fridays. This timetable is a guide only and subject to change.



  • Full-time EU: £8,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year

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