MSc Digital Information services

The Masters in Digital Information Services is designed to train you in the enhanced skills required for managing the transfer of electronic information within and between organisations and individuals. The Masters in Digital Information Services will address the theoretical and the practical – you will study managerial and strategic issues as well as the technical and practical aspects of digital library services and management. You will graduate with the skills and experience to handle information for any size of organisation, be it national, governmental or international.

As well as instructing you in subjects essential to a digital information professional – such as information architecture, literacy and management – your tutors will encourage you to work creatively and independently on your chosen areas of study. You will be pushed to innovate and approach your research topics with positivity, so that you can enhance the culture of your workplace through every possible means. In addition to subject-specific skills and knowledge, you will have the opportunity to undertake personal development and develop a set of widely-applicable professional skills to help you in any workplace – information-related or otherwise. On completion of this course your general employability will be greatly enhanced to give you the best possible chance of successful entry into your chosen career path.

Key Facts


One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.


The taught part of the course (Part 1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. Successful completion allows the award of a Diploma.  The subsequent successful submission of your dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of a Masters.

Entry Requirements:

A 2:1 or above Undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of 6 weeks work experience in an information resource environment.

Candidates with equivalent experience and qualifications will be considered.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.


This Masters in Digital Information Services is designed to give you a profound understanding of how information is stored, retrieved, managed, reviewed and interpreted. You will go beyond this to interrogate the structures and systems that enable and limit these practices and to find more efficient and productive ways of operating. In addition, you will be encouraged to reflect on the subject to understand its impact on and responsibility for the health of wider society.

By the end of your course of study, you will be able to demonstrate a mastery of the technological processes of information management, such as the limits of software and hardware, such as the digitisation processes itself, metadata and issues of access and interfacing. Depending on your module choices, your study topics may include Publishing and The Web: Exploring New Technologies, Records and Information Governance, Digital Preservation, Knowledge Management and many more.

Your study will culminate in a significant piece of independent research and your academic dissertation on an aspect of digital information management that holds particular interest to you. You may choose to use this study as a showcase of your expertise or as a springboard into future study or research.

In addition to this first-rate training in digital information services, you will also nurture a skill set perfect for almost any role in any business or postgraduate workplace. You will be confident in research, analysis and planning, as well as writing, reporting and argument formation to justify your decisons in managing an organisation's most precious commodity: information. These are just some of the skills you will gain which will make you a desirable employee for a wide range of public and private sector organisations and businesses.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Year 1 Core (100 Credits) The following modules are core and must be taken

Semester 1

Information Organisation And Retrieval ILM5320

Information Services: Planning For Delivery ILM5420

Digital Information: Management For Access And Preservation ILM7400

Knowledge And Information Architecture ILM8620

Semester 2

Developing Information Literacy In A Digital World ILM3220

Digital Information: Management For Access And Preservation ILM7420

Year 1 Options You must take one of the following modules

Semester 2

Records And Information Governance ILM0820

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) The following module is core and must be taken. Dissertation

Semester 3

Dissertation ILM1460


More of our Postgraduate Students (74.1%) entered employment at a graduate level than the national average (72.1%), earnign more on average than Postgraduates in other fields. * 2010/11

This degree will suit you:

  • If you wish to receive first-rate training in the management of digital information
  • if you want to master good management practices of human and financial resources
  • if you are, or intend to be, a manager in an information context
  • if you desire skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer


Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. This Masters will equip you with latest developments in information management, both in terms of technological and theoretical approaches. By balancing the theory with the practice, you will be strongly placed to succeed in the jobs marketplace, particularly in organisations that prize well-trained managers of its most valuable resource: information. The course of study will also equip you with a wide range of more general work skills – in research, analysis, writing, presentation and management – ensuring your employability is improved across the board.

Key Skills and Competencies

Study Skills

You will develop skills in quickly and accurately assimilating and interpreting data – which you will find invaluable in managing future information transactions and storage. You will develop productive strategies for planning and problem-solving that can be applied beyond your chosen area of study, making you an versatile academic as well as a productive manager in a work context. You will also enhance your research skills which you will draw on in both your dissertation and future career.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable Skills

The Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines. Whether you pursue a career in an information pathway or not, the prestige of your Masters will open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

How to Apply

Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line or off-line. Please see our How to Apply page for further information.

Departmental contact details 

Tel: (01970) 622157

Department of Information Studies
Aberystwyth University
Llanbadarn Campus
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3AL

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Further Information

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