M.Sc. Information Systems (Research Training)

| Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
In collaboration with the University-wide research training programme, the Department of Information Studies offers an ESRC accredited research training masters course in the Information Management specialist area.



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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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  • 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.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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