FAQ (Studying on the MA Library and Information Management
What is the timetable?
We endeavour to timetable the taught units to run on two days in the week so that our part time students can take the course on one-day leave. Typically, this has been on a Monday and Wednesday with part time year one attending on Monday and year two on Wednesday. You should note however that depending upon your choice of elective you may be required to attend for a morning or afternoon on another day in the week.
Can I study part time?
Yes, we offer the MA Library and Information Management and MSc Information Management on a part time basis over three years. You will take 3 taught units in each of the first two years and spend the third year working on your dissertation.
On the MA, Year One you will study Management a core option and an elective. In Year Two you study Research & Practice and Search & Retrieval and Information Futures
Year Three – Dissertation
On the MSc, Year One you will study Management, IKM and core option such as eLearning. In Year Two Research & Practice, Search and Retrieval and one elective, such as Web Search Applications
Year Three – Dissertation
What is mixed mode/ can I complete the part time course in two years?
Yes, if you can make suitable arrangements it is possible to work full time on your dissertation on successful completion of the taught units (studied in part time mode) and submit your dissertation at the end of year two (30 September)
Do you offer a PG Diploma in Library and Information Management/ Information Management
Yes, you can opt for the award of PG Diploma on successful completion of the taught units and not continue with the dissertation for the award of Masters. Both the Diploma and Masters are accredited by CILIP as professional qualifications.
Should I study on the Library and Information Management/ Information Management or Informatics route?
Our two Masters MA LIM and MSc IM are first professional/conversation courses which equip our graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as an information professional in the modern information environment.
The MA Library and Information Management focuses on the management of information services and collections in multiple contexts (public, school, academic, health, business) and as such has a service orientation,
The MSc Information Management focuses on the use of information in the management of organisations (ANY organisation), and understanding information as an asset develops specific expertise in records, performance and quality management
The MSc Informatics is primarily targeted at those working in the field of Informatics in sectors such as health, local government, the arts or the private sector or with relevant experience who are seeking to develop experience and knowledge in the design and development of content, information and its media and services.
Do I need to have work experience?
It is not necessary, but many of our students do have some work experience which is of benefit when it comes to applying theory to practice and in gaining an appreciation of the roles and tasks of the information professional
How does the fieldwork element operate?
We help you arrange fieldwork and you liaise with your chosen organizations on how you wish to complete the fieldwork. Typically students complete their fieldwork during the Spring term on one or two day a week basis, although blocks of time can be arranged .
What are the assessments like?
No exams. And a mix of coursework with some group work.
Do you have studentships?
For entry in 2012 we have a small number of studentships awarded under the AHRC block grant partnership These are advertised nationally and competition is open to anyone who has an offer of a place on the Masters. The closing date for entries is typically around May and so it is important that you have an offer of a place and have been interviewed before the end of the Spring term to be considered.
Do you have other postgraduate students and research groups in the department?
Yes, for information on our research groups, students and activities please see our web site http://www2.hlss.mmu.ac.uk/information-communications/research/
Do you have an Alumni?
We have a track record of graduates finding employment in the information industries. We have run the Masters courses for over twenty years and increasingly (and not surprisingly) we have found that the potential for our graduates is far ranging (no longer simply targeting ‘libraries’. To demonstrate the career opportunities we have recently started to build an alumni http://www2.hlss.mmu.ac.uk/information-communications/alumni/ (this includes our undergraduate students who study in our broader InfoComms degree and the specific Web Development and Digital Media degrees)
and careers / opportunities for Master’s graduates?
Please note that our answers are as accurate as is possible at the time, but we reserve the right to make changes to the course and its delivery if required.
We hope you find the answers that we provide useful to you in planning for your postgraduate study.
Please see our MA Library and Information Management/ MSc Information Management brochure for further information. This is available in pdf from our website masters LIM/IM brochure 2011