Why this course?

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

It covers the creation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in organisations and society at large. It encompasses both private and public sector libraries and information systems and services. This is along with related subjects such as management, publishing and the evaluation and use of information.

The course is for graduates in any discipline who wish to pursue a career in the field of information or library services.

You’ll study

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.

Compulsory classes

These classes are as follows:

  • Organisation of Knowledge
  • Information Retrieval & Access
  • Information Law
  • Library Technology & Systems
  • Managing Information Services
  • Libraries, Information & Society
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

This is an individual research project of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic. It allows you to pursue an area of specific interest, providing scope for original thought, research and presentation.

Work placement

There's an optional placement at the end of the second semester. The department helps to arrange this. Previous participating organisations include:

  • NHS Scotland
  • Scottish Television
  • IDOX
  • various national and local libraries
  • Government agencies


The course is accredited by the CILIP.

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.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent.

Consideration may also be given to those holding other qualifications in relevant disciplines.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to possess a TOEFL score of 600 (250 in the 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 the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

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Aug 2019
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Scotland/EU students. Rest of UK 2015/16 - £5,500 International 2015/16 - £13,200
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