MSc/PgDip Information Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time; PgDip: 9 months full-time
  • No. of places: 60

Study with us

  • full accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional
  • delivered by one of the leading information science schools in the UK, this is the only dual-recognised information management degree providing graduates with direct entry to two internationally-affiliated professional bodies
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Why this course?

In the era of big data, our professional graduates are driving the information society and digital economy. They're working as leaders, innovators, and managers in the areas of business, data, and technology.

This professionally accredited course has been developed in consultation with industry practitioners and professional bodies. It's suitable for those who are new to the subject and also those looking to enhance their existing knowledge and gain a professional qualification.

Core subjects include business systems analysis, data analytics, strategy, information law and an introduction to cutting-edge technologies.

The course is delivered by the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. The Department is an iSchool member, a partnership of the world's leading information science departments. Our staff are regular contributors to the leading international Information Science Index (ISI) ranked library and information science journals. They're also directly engaged in professional practice.

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What you'll study

Spanning computer and information sciences, business, and management science, thiscourse will give you the professional skills and knowledge to successfully:

  • identify and analyse organisational business information needs
  • contribute to the strategic development of information management capabilities within an organisation
  • develop and deploy emerging information and communication technologies
  • manage high-value enterprise information resources

On completion, you'll have gained:

  • high demand business, data, and technology knowledge and skills
  • direct entry to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • valuable transferable skills, for example, how to present effectively and write research reports. These will further enhance your skills as an information leader


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


The MSc Information Management is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Graduates are entitled to become associate members of CILIP and are eligible for chartership leading to the award of MCLIP.

Useful information

A laptop is required for this course.

Minimum and recommended specifications for laptop:

  • minimum spec: i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, HDD
  • preferred spec: i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, SSD

When you're registered, you'll have automatic access to an Introduction to Python through our online learning platform.

Our students

Wethaka Wannatawee

Wethaka Wannatawee

What I liked the most was a group coding session which allowed students to share ideas and get to know others as well as create connections. I had no previous experience in coding and have learnt a lot throughout the course with support from friends and professors.
Jianhong Yao

Jianhong Yao

My favourite part of the course was the business analysis module taught. I learnt a lot of business analysis methods and was able to use the knowledge I gained in my final dissertation project.
Oluwatosin Kehinde

Akomolafe Oluwatosin Kehinde

To anyone thinking of coming to study at Strathclyde, I would say you should not delay and you should expect a great leaning experience that will change your career.

Learning & teaching

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. Dissertation is by supervision.


Coursework assignments involve:

  • individual work
  • group projects
  • exams
  • practical work in computer laboratories

For the award of the MSc, you’ll be required to complete an individual project under supervision. This should contain an element of original research.



The Department of Computer & Information Sciences is based on levels 11 to 14 of the Livingstone Tower in our city-centre campus. We have a spacious quiet study zone and a social zone for working on group activities.

We have three computer laboratories, each with state-of-the-art equipment including over 175 dual-boot Windows and Linux machines. Each lab machine is equipped with up-to-date software.

All departmental machines are linked by a high-speed local area network and operate under a single network file system so you can access your files from any of our machines. High-speed wireless access is also available throughout the department.

The University has a large modern library which contains all the materials that you need for your course. Many of the books are also available online electronically meaning they are available to all students at all times.

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Course content

Project Management (20 credits)

This module will help you:

  • appreciate the practicalities of project evaluation and management
  • understand and use techniques for the evaluation, planning and management of projects
  • examine the issues and problems in being a project manager
  • gain an appreciation of the project environment

Information Law (10 credits)

The aims of this class are to help you:

  • understand the laws relating to the delivery of information services
  • be aware of the implications for society of the various legal issues related to information and computing work
  • understand the legal framework in which criminal investigations involving digital evidence are carried out

Information Retrieval (10 credits)

You'll learn to:

  • critically examine a number of influential information-seeking models
  • provide an understanding of research methodologies for studying human information behaviour
  • examine important concepts, such as relevance, in the context of information seeking and retrieval
  • examine how findings from information seeking theory and practise can inform the design of information access systems
  • outline the theory and technology used to construct modern Information Retrieval and Access systems
  • critically evaluate the assumptions behind the evaluation of Information Retrieval systems

Big Data Technologies (20 credits)

This class will provide you with:

  • an understanding of the new challenges posed by the advent for big data, as they refer to its modelling, storage, and access
  • an understanding of the key algorithms and techniques which are embodied in data analytics solutions
  • exposure to a number of different big data technologies and techniques, showing how they can achieve efficiency and scalability, while also addressing design trade-offs and their impacts

Database & Web Systems Development (20 credits)

The aims of this class are to help you:

  • display knowledge of the process of designing a database system, starting from an informal specification
  • display skill in formulating database queries using SQL
  • show an appreciation of the facilities and services which should be provided by a fully featured database management system
  • demonstrate knowledge of commonly occurring data models

Research Methods (10 credits)

This class will enable you to:

  • appreciate the nature and application of selected statistical methods
  • appreciate the range of qualitative research methods
  • write a research proposal
  • develop a research methodology for a given research problem


Business Analysis (10 credits)

This class will:

  • highlight the importance and role of business analysis as part of information systems development
  • provide tools and techniques for the effective analysis and design of business information systems
  • develop an understanding of their respective advantages, disadvantages and applicability

Machine Learning for Data Analytics (20 credits)

After completing this class you will be able to:

  • understand the aims and fundamental principles of machine learning
  • understand a range of the key algorithms and approaches to machine learning
  • apply the algorithms covered and interpret the outcomes
  • understand the applicability of the algorithms to different types of data and problems along with their strengths and limitations
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class (2.2) Honours degree, or international equivalent in any subject.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see our English Language Teaching for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests in addition to IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Available scholarships

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Additional costs

If you are an international student, you may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Our highly skilled graduates are employed in a variety of roles across a wide range of industries. Among these roles are:

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator/Analyst (DBA)
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Information Security Manager
  • IT Test Manager
  • Web Developer

Previous employers of our graduates include:

  • Arthur Anderson
  • Cap Gemini
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Sun Microsystems
  • IBM
  • Compaq
  • Tesco
  • Ericsson
  • Analysys
  • Glaxo
  • Standard Life
  • British Council
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • ThinkAnalytics
  • Capita

The University provides a range of professional development services, including career support services introduced during induction and offered throughout the period of study and after graduation, to help our students achieve their career ambitions.

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There is currently no deadline for submitting applications. However, we encourage you to apply early as we consider applications on a first come, first served basis, and may introduce an application deadline due to high demand.

Start date: Sep 2024

Information Management

Start date: Sep 2024

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