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Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University: Profile

Information Studies at Aberystwyth has over 50 years of experience in offering education and training for the information profession, including 30 years of experience delivering our successful distance learning programme. Our postgraduate courses lead to fully accredited qualifications (CILIP and/or ARA) to help you start building your career, including:

•  Information and Library Studies
•  Archive Administration, and
•  Digital Curation

Study is either on campus (full-time or part-time) or through distance learning.

Distance learning can be ideal if you are already in a related post — you can keep working while studying towards a professional qualification. Our courses are clearly structured but flexible (2-5 years), allowing you to balance study with work, family and other commitments. Residential study events offer an excellent start to the courses and provide professional networking opportunities as well as study support and learning. For information about Postgraduate Loans for distance learners, please contact us on the email below.

Have a look at what students at a typical study school have to say:

This course is designed to prepare you for work in any archive or records management environment, providing the required training for entry into these professions. You will learn professional principles and techniques, and acquire the core skills needed to preserve, manage and exploit invaluable informational and historical resources. The course covers subjects such as management of archives and associated services, development and description of archives collections; mediaeval and post-mediaeval palaeography; records and information governance; digital information; rare books and special collections. See more here

Digital Curation

This degree is designed to prepare you for work managing digital information throughout its lifecycle. You will learn about the policies, procedures and governance required to ensure the integrity of digital material over time, and acquire the skills and experience to handle information for different organisations. The course covers subjects such as management studies; management and preservation of digital information; development and description of archives collections; information systems in organisations; knowledge and information architecture; records and information governance. See more here

Information & Library Studies

This is a ‘first qualification’ for a career as a librarian or information professional. It can be used to consolidate and develop related workplace knowledge with an accredited qualification, or enable a career path for graduates with a first degree in any subject.  You will learn about the management, organisation, development and use of information from a theoretical and practical perspective, and consider societal challenges surrounding information and technology. The course covers subjects such as management studies; information and society; information organisation and retrieval; collection management; management and preservation of digital information. See more here

Management of Library and Information Services

Library and information managers have to deal with rapid change and development in their profession. This degree will help mid-career professionals cope with the demands placed upon them, and prepare for the next stage in their career. This course is only available through distance learning and covers subjects such as digital information management and preservation; information systems in organisations; publishing and the web; knowledge and information architecture; research and evaluation methods in information systems; and management studies. See more here

Short courses

Information Studies at Aberystwyth offers a wide portfolio of online Continuing Professional Development Courses and is a CILIP Recognised CPD Provider. These courses offer the individual the opportunity to acquire professional knowledge and skills required for contemporary practice, aligned to CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base. Examples of specialist credit bearing courses include digital preservation; knowledge and information architecture; compliance law and ethics; manuscript skills; and rare books. We also offer multiple start dates and credit transfer to our Postgraduate Degrees, subject to eligibility. See more here

Student views

'…doing this course really has had a transformative effect on my career, so thank you to all for a wonderful learning experience.' Dan, Master’s ILS

'I loved, loved, loved the course. I cannot praise it more highly than that. The modules were all thoroughly enjoyable and being able to study at the pace that suited me from the comfort of my own home was of paramount importance while working full time. The opportunity to connect with my fellow students during the study schools also provided much-needed opportunities for socialising and engaging with peers who were going through much the same experience as me; it truly was an experience I will treasure … I wouldn’t be eligible for the Deputy Chief Librarian role without the Master’s.' Mark, Master’s ILS

'A highly motivating experience, challenging the inquirer in me. The unexplored corners of the library unfolded with plenty of information waiting to be unearthed!' Ranjana, Short Course CPD

'I was looking for a course, which would be both challenging, engaging, and at the same time personally and professionally fulfilling. With the very helpful support of the Aber staff at every step of the way all my expectations were not just met, but exceeded.' David, Master’s MLIS

'.. a wonderful experience. Not only have I been provided with the professional training and principles required for a future in archiving, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the process. A particular highlight has been cataloguing a small collection with my course-mates which was a good opportunity to put some of those principles into practice.' Beth, Master’s AA

Visit us at: www.aber.ac.uk/en/dis

Email: dis-dept@aber.ac.uk