Scholarly and professional education for library and information practice.
The postgraduate programme in Library and Information Management has been developed by the School of Education in close collaboration with library practitioners to provide an academic route to professional qualification. The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
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About this course
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The course draws on the direct experience of leaders in the library and information world to provide up-to-date and relevant insight into the key issues facing information services as they relate to the wider learning community, the strategic goals of the parent institution and the promotion of lifelong learning in a knowledge-based society. The course also benefits from the active involvement of the University Library in the provision of learning resources and direct support to students. It provides an academic foundation for professional practice.
The course is designed for library and information professionals in the public and private sectors, in schools, colleges or universities and in specialist libraries or information units.
The course is fully online. Where they are regular live online classes, these take place in an ‘online classroom’. For students commencing the course in September 2018 these will be on a Wednesday evening (6.00-7.30pm). We will be using the software Blackboard Collaborate for this.
There is useful information about Blackboard Collaborate at: http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/virtual-classroom.aspx & http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/blackboard-collaborate-features.aspx.
Students will need a PC / laptop, reliable internet access, a web cam, a usb headset with microphone and audio, and a quiet place from which to participate in the online class. In addition to the weekly online sessions, learning resources will be posted online and students will engage in regular online discussion and keep an online learning journal.
It is likely that we will offer some face-to-face opportunities, and while we will encourage people to attend these, they will not be compulsory.
- September 2019
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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To be eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree course, you must;
- provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent); and
- hold an Honours or degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or
- hold an equivalent standard in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; and
- satisfy additional requirements as described in the prospectus entry for your chosen course; or
- provide evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level through the accreditation of your experience or learning.
Students are also expected to be working in a library/information environment for the duration of the course.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Teaching and learning assessment
Learning resources and activities are available online. Theoretical content is delivered by lectures and tutor-led seminars; these will be delivered fully online through Blackboard Collaborate. These methods are supported by guest lecture sessions, by required reading and by online resource supplementation, and through synchronous and asynchronous contact between/among students and tutors.
All modules are assessed 100% by course work. Both formative and summative assessment methods are used to assess knowledge and understanding of the subject, and these include essays, portfolios, practical assignments, and reports.
The course won two awards at the 2017 Education Awards, Ireland.
- Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year award
- Overall Award for Excellence in Education
Careers & opportunities
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The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Library and Information Management prepare individuals for professional library and information careers.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to assure students that programmes provide an excellent preparation for professional practice.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- £14,060.00 Scholarships available
Where the postgraduate course selected offers multiple awards (e.g. PG Cert, PG Dip, Master’s), please note that the price displayed is for the complete master’s programme. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are charged at a pro-rata basis. Find out more
Scholarships, awards and prizes
The student with the highest overall mark in the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Management each year received the Allen & Overy Trophy for Best Performance.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Dr Jessica Bates
International Admissions Office
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- I’ve enjoyed the course so far and a lot of it has made me consider a lot of things I wouldn’t have before.
- I like the break out rooms on Blackboard, feels more like a classroom.
- The online discussions allowed students to compare their own perspective on the learning with students from different backgrounds.
- The online sessions are simple and take the commute and hassle out of combining work and study. The content was very relevant and engaging.