M.Sc. Information Systems (Research Training)

Aberystwyth University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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In collaboration with the School of Management and Business, the Department offers an ESRC accredited research training masters course in the Information Management specialist area. It is aimed at students who are considering doctoral research in the future. Students wishing to pursue this programme may apply to the ESRC for funding for the Masters programme.

A degree in Information Studies can be the start of a varied and interesting career in the world of information in all its contexts: libraries, archives, record offices, the public and private sectors, in the UK and elsewhere.

The Department of Information Studies has a well-established reputation for research in the field of library and information studies, demonstrated in the results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, with 50% of its research outputs judged as internationally excellent and 85% as internationally recognised. Currently, research activity and interests in the Department clusters around three foci:

* Knowledge and Information Management
* Information Organisation
* Social, Cultural, and Behavioural Aspects of Information

Our research activity clusters around issues in relation to the ability of individuals, organisations, and societies to obtain, manage, organise and retrieve information and knowledge in an increasingly complex and diverse Digital Age. Contemporary issues relate to intellectual property, cultural memory and identity, and communication and creativity in a digital age. Digital innovation and developments, social media, web 2.0 and beyond, the potential for an infinite archive and associated changes to the way people and organisations interact are opening up new opportunities and challenges for libraries, information services, museums and archives.


Core modules: * Exploiting Research Information
* Principles of Research Design
* Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
* Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
* Information Systems Analysis and Implementation
* Exploiting Research Information


* The minimum basic entry requirement for a Masters degree is normally a good Honours Degree (in any discipline) + minimum 6 months experience in an information resource environment, or suitable experience for a relevant period of time, dependent on level of responsibility and breadth of activity.
* Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency with required minimum proficiency levels equating to an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper based test) or 237 (computer based) with an essay rating of 5.0. Applicants who have successfully undertaken a Bachelors degree in a UK University are exempt from this requirement.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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