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Information Science

MSc |
With our Information Science MSc you can develop the skills and understanding to initiate, work with and develop modern information and data services.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2016

Duration

Full-time: One year
Part-time: Two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

This programme is for students with a first degree or equivalent in any discipline, who have an interest in information communication, and who would like to start or develop a career in information management. It is also suitable for professionals wishing to update their knowledge and skills within the discipline.

Information Science is a broad discipline, and it appeals to curious students who enjoy analysing, understanding, communicating and sharing information, and who like working with information architecture and technologies.

Objectives

Humanity has now entered the age of the zettabyte (1000 exabytes), with enough information being generated daily to fill US libraries several times over [Floridi L, 2014. The 4th Revolution. Oxford. p 38]. The demand for knowledge organisation, access, and understanding has never been greater.

City’s MSc Information Science examines contemporary questions of information communication from a framework of information history and philosophy. Our focus is divided equally between theory and its application to practice. The course spans the fundamental concepts of documentation: data, information, metadata, database structure, analysis, data visualisation, access, information literacy, use of new and emergent technologies, methods of investigation, socio-political implications and policy formulation.

The course equips you with a deep understanding of information and documentation, and its relevance and impact within society. There is a strong focus on technology, ethics, professional communication and networking. You will benefit from a high level of engagement with practitioners, and we are pleased to welcome many leaders in the profession as speakers on our modules.

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals logo

City’s Information Science course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). CILIP accredited courses are recognised by the American Library Association (ALA) and The Australian Library and Information Association, which means that our graduates are qualified to apply for posts requiring professional level qualifications in these countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

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.

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.

English requirements

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

Visa requirements

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.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Apply for MSc Information Science

We invite all suitable applicants living within a 200-mile radius of London to an open and/or interview session; these are held monthly between March and July. Overseas and more distant applicants are sent a questionnaire, which may be supplemented by a telephone interview or email discussion. Such students are welcome to visit the Department if they are in or near London at some stage. You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

1. Completing the online form; or

2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course. You will be able to attach electronic copies of your supporting documents. However, you will be required to submit your confidential references in hard copy (in signed and sealed envelopes) to the address below, together with any supporting documents you do not attach when applying online.

To receive an application pack, please contact the programmes office or send your completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Programmes Office
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7040 0233

1961
Library and Information Science has been taught at City University for over 50 years.
91.7%
of graduates responding to the DLHE 14/15 survey were in employment six months after graduation.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Hyams Bursary

A bursary of £3,500 is available for one MSc Information Science student. This bursary is given in memory of Montagu Hyams, a pioneer of scientific publishing and the online industry, and founder of Derwent Publications Ltd., now part of Thomson Reuter. Montagu ('Monty') Hyams was a research chemist who in the early 1950s began a service summarising new inventions. The business he founded grew into a leader in scientific information provision, best known for the database Derwent World Patents Index. A lifelong Londoner (1918-2013), his archive of correspondence and technical papers is also held by City University London.

The bursary will be awarded each year to one applicant for the MSc course in Information Science, and will be used to reduce the candidate’s fees. Preference will be given to applicants with scientific qualifications or experience, particularly in the chemical of pharmaceutical sciences, and/or specific interests in scientific information handling. Preference will also be given to applicants who are self-funding their studies. Home, EU and overseas applicants are equally eligible, as are applicants for full-time and part-time study.

Applications for the bursary should be made at the same time as an application for a place on the course.

The Alex McVitty Memorial Award

The Memorial Award provides financial assistance of £1,500 towards living expenses. One award each year is offered to a full time home or overseas applicant, for either Library Science or Information Science, who wishes to develop a career in law librarianship and can demonstrate financial need.

History of the award

Alex McVitty studied for an MSc in Information Science at City University London in 1997-98. Tragically Alex died in a road accident whilst cycling to her work as a law librarian. As Alex had to fund herself through the course, combining study with part-time library jobs, her family and friends chose to establish a memorial fund to provide an annual award to help a student wishing to pursue a career in law librarianship. The memorial award fund is administered by The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.

Applications for the award should be made at the same time as an application for a place on the course.

Academic facilities

City University has recently undergone a significant level of refurbishment, so that course participants can enjoy state of the art classrooms and facilities.

We work in close connection with our colleagues at City University Library, who offer excellent support and advice to our students, in addition to contributing to our courses. Follow @cityunilibrary and @cityunilibresearchers on Twitter.

You will have access to our state-of-the-art mentoring service. #citylis student Saidah Gilbert recently took part in the professional mentoring scheme.

At City, there are many programmes that help and advise students in their chosen discipline. The Professional Mentoring Scheme was one of them.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

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.

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 Methods and CommunicationFriday afternoonInformation Retrieval Monday morning
  Information OrganisationMonday afternoon
Semester 2Year 2, Semester 1
Information Retrieval Monday morningInformation Management and PolicyFriday morning
Information OrganisationMonday afternoonResearch Methods and CommunicationFriday afternoon
Elective moduleFriday morningYear 2, Semester 2
Resources and DocumentationFriday afternoonElective module Friday morning
  Resources and DocumentationFriday afternoon

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

Modules

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

Library and Information Science Foundation (15 credits)

A thorough introduction to the principles and concepts of the information sciences. Topics include the story of documents, philosophy of information, information literacy, critical literacy, infometrics, information behaviour, information society

Digital Information Technologies and Architecture (15 credits)

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

Information Organisation (15 credits)

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 Retrieval (15 credits)

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 Management and Policy (15 credits)

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.

Research Methods and Communication (15 credits)

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 and presentation; literature analysis; written and oral communication; ethical issues; project management.

Information Resources and Documentation (15 credits)

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.

Elective modules

Libraries and Publishing in the Information Society (15 credits)

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 (15 credits)

The information law and policy module covers a wide range of legal issues relevant to the information profession – such as intellectual property, data protection & privacy, cybercrime and computer misuse, freedom of information, libel, and the re-use of public sector information.

Independent study (15 credits)

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 (15 credits)

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

Data Visualisation (15 credits)

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 visualisation applications, identify principles of good information visualisation design and provide structured guidelines for the data visualisation workflow.

Career prospects

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.

After the successful completion of the course candidates may consider a PhD degree, towards an academic/research career.

91.7% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Apply for MSc Information Science

We invite all suitable applicants living within a 200-mile radius of London to an open and/or interview session; these are held monthly between March and July. Overseas and more distant applicants are sent a questionnaire, which may be supplemented by a telephone interview or email discussion. Such students are welcome to visit the Department if they are in or near London at some stage. You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

1. Completing the online form; or

2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course. You will be able to attach electronic copies of your supporting documents. However, you will be required to submit your confidential references in hard copy (in signed and sealed envelopes) to the address below, together with any supporting documents you do not attach when applying online.

To receive an application pack, please contact the programmes office or send your completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Programmes Office
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7040 0233

Contact details

Programmes Office (room A302)

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