MSc/PgDip Information Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals & recognised by the Chartered Management Institute
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time; PgDip: 9 months full-time

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  • opportunity to gain practical business analysis experience via an industrial engagement project
  • Partial Accreditation by the British Computer Society
  • 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 as leaders, innovators, and managers in the areas of business, data, and technology.

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

It also offers the opportunity to undertake an MSc with placement where you'll have the opportunity to work within an organisation to get hands-on practical experience.

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, and are directly engaged in professional practice.

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What you'll study

Spanning computer and information sciences, business, and management science, this programme will provide you with 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
  • practical business analysis experience via an industrial engagement project
  • direct entry to two internationally affiliated professional bodies – the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and the Chartered Management Institute

You'll also develop other valuable transferable skills including effective presentation and writing research reports, which will further enhance your skills as an information leader.

Dissertation

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.

Accreditation

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

Graduates are entitled to become associate members of CILIP and are eligible for chartership leading to the award of MCLIP. Graduates are also entitled to associate membership of CMI (ACMI) and can progress to Member grade (MCMI) and finally Chartered manager.

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Learning & teaching

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

Assessment

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.

 

Facilities

The Department of Computer & Information Sciences is based on levels 11 to 14 of the Livingstone Tower. We have a large quiet study zone and a large social zone for working on group activities.

We have three large 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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The lecturers and staff are very supportive throughout the learning process and will go the extra mile to make your student experience the best while studying at Strathclyde.
Joshua Hunte
MSc Information Management student
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Course content

Diploma and MSc students follow the same instructional course for the first two semesters.

If you meet the standard required to proceed to MSc, you’ll undertake a dissertation in the following three months.

Business Analysis

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

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
Project Management

This class with help the student:

  • 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
Database & Web Systems Development

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
Information Retrieval

You'll learn to:

  • critically examine a number of influential information seeking models
  • provide 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
Information Law

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
Big Data Technologies

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

Research Methods

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

 

Dissertation

MSc students prepare a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic.

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

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent.

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 ELTD 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 here.

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 EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

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

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Fees & funding

2020/21

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

Scotland/EU

£8,100

Rest of UK

£8,100

International

£18,100

Available scholarships

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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 and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Careers

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. The Department of Computer & Information Sciences has one of the highest rates for Graduate Prospects in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2016).

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Information Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Information Management

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5147

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk