MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Information Management

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
One year full-time, two years part-time, starts September
Full-time, Part-time
Programme leader:
Paul Matthews
Key fact:
Practice-focused, with outstanding teaching and curriculum input from a wide range of practitioners. Recently updated in line with the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the course has achieved re-accreditation.

Page last updated 7 October 2016


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.

Accreditations and partnerships:



The full Master's course comprises of 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

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 also choose two optional 15 credit modules from:

  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Data Management
  • Designing The User Experience
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Linked, Open Data and The Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics
  • Social Media and Web Science

Following the taught component of the course, you then undertake a 60 credit research dissertation that may be based on a real-world work project.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll learn through lectures, discussions, tutorials, practical exercises and independent reading, as well as working together in small groups. 

The course has a virtual learning environment online that supports you throughout your studies. It's a useful way to communicate with fellow students and teaching staff, find administrative details about the modules, and access course materials.

We regularly welcome specialist tutors to the department to contribute to specific modules.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Full-time: one year - starting in September.

Part-time: two years - starting in September.

Teaching sessions are normally on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings, with two modules timetabled on each day. Full-time students attend on both days and study four modules in each 12 - week semester, over one year. Part-time students attend on one of these days and study two modules per 12 - week semester over two years.

While work on modules may not be evenly distributed, full-time students should expect to commit the equivalent of two days a week for private study during term time. Part-time students should commit one day.


Assessment in most modules is through written coursework, portfolios, presentations and written exams. The supervisor and second marker will assess your dissertation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Study facilities

UWE Bristol's library provides excellent facilities for group work and private study, and gives you access to a range of books and journals in the Library and Information Science field most of the journals are available online. There are 500 workstations in the Faculty's teaching laboratories, and a large open-access laboratory that provides PC and Unix-based machines. The Faculty has its own IT Helpdesk and the campus has 24-hour computer labs.

We operate an extensive pastoral care system that includes induction programmes and access to academic staff and student advisers.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


Careers / Further study

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.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1042

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)583
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042

Supplementary fee information

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

For information about funding options visit our postgraduate funding and scholarships pages.


Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.

Before starting the course, we recommend that you gain work or voluntary experience in a library, archive, bookshop, cataloguing, database, records, learning resources or web content management.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

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