MSc/PgDip Information and Library Studies

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The MSc/PgDip Information and Library Studies (ILS) covers the creation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in organisations and in society at large and therefore encompass both public and private sector libraries and information systems and services, together with related subjects such as management, publishing and the evaluation and use of information. The course is intended for graduates in any discipline who wish to pursue a career in the field of information or library services.

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Professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Admission Requirements

An Honours degree or other qualification considered to be equivalent to a first or second class Honours degree from a UK University. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to possess a TOEFL score of 600 (250 in computer based test) or IELTS score of 6.5

Pre-Masters Preparation Course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form , or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Term Time Dates
Term 1 – 26 September 2014 - 19 December 2014 (12 weeks)
Term 2 – 5 January 2015 - 2 April 2015 (13 weeks)
Term 3 – 14 20 April 2015 - 5 June 2015 (7 weeks)

Student Holidays
Christmas Vacation: 22 December 2014 - 2 January 2015
Spring Vacation: 6-17 April 2015

University Closed
29 September 2014
24 December 2014 - 2 January 2015
3, 6 April 2015
4, 25 May 2015
17, 20 July 2015


You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £3400 for full time post graduate study. Please visit SAAS for further information.

Fees 2014/15: Home/EU £4,500, Rest of UK £5,500, International £13,000. Start: September 2014.

Duration: 12 months, 9 months taught thereafter MSc students undertake a dissertations for a further 3 months.

International Scholarships

Faculty of Science International Excellence Scholarships. Each scholarship has a value of £2,500 to be used towards the cost of tuition fees.

Santander Scholarships 2014. Offer 6 Santander Scholarship awards of £5000 as a tuition fee discount for our one year postgraduate taught programmes for 2014/15.


Diploma and MSc students follow the same instructional course for the first two semesters; thereafter, MSc students prepare a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, and practical laboratories. Dissertation is by supervision.

Students undertake the following compulsory classes:


An individual research project on an approved topic, which allows students to pursue an area of specific interest, providing scope for original thought, research and presentation.


The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Graduates will be entitled to become associate members of CILIP and will be eligible for chartership leading to the award of MCLIP, providing direct entry to a professional body and meeting the requirements of many specialist employers.


The course opens up opportunities in a range of jobs in:

  • The public sector: Universities, Schools, Museums and Archives, NHS Scotland, Public Libraries.
  • The private sector: Legal and Financial Institutions, Media Companies, Publishing, Bookselling, Industrial Firms, Consultancy, Scottish Television, IDOX.
  • Not for profit: Research Institutes, Voluntary Organisations.

Course Length

MSc: 12 months full-time.
PgDip: 9 months full-time.


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for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma information and library studies (Admission Code : CSPD2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc information and library studies (Admission Code : CSMSC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

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David McMenemy

t: +44 (0)141 548 3096
f: +44 (0)141 548 4523