Digital Information and Media Management

This MA course is identical to the 5-year version (P124D) but is for those students in receipt of the UK Government Loan only. The pace of progress is more intense to satisfy the regulations of the UK Government Loan. If you are not planning to fund your studies through such a loan we recommend applying for P124D, which can be undertaken flexibly over 2-5 years and allows more time for a better work/life balance.

The Masters in Digital Information and Media Management is designed to educate you in the specific skills required for collecting and curating digital information, and preparing it for access and use by individuals and organisations. The course will teach you about the complexities of digital asset and media management including the development of policies, procedures and processes required to ensure the integrity and accessibility of digital material over time, as well as the governance requirements. You will graduate with the skills and experience to manage digital information for any size of organisation, be it national, governmental or international. By undertaking this Masters you will be equipped with conventional skills in both records and archive management; and in the specific theoretical and technical processes surrounding digital information and media management. This unique combination of disciplines and skills will prepare you for managerial and strategic roles in both academic and professional contexts. In addition to subject-specific skills and knowledge, you will have the opportunity to develop a set of widely-applicable professional skills to help you in any workplace – information-related or otherwise. On completion of this course your employability will be greatly enhanced to give you the best possible chance of successful entry into your chosen career path.

This course is delivered via distance learning over a period of two years.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in any subject, or equivalent. Distance learners must demonstrate 3 months (around 400 hours) work experience and be in continued employment or have regular volunteer work in a relevant sector.  Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants should provide details of previous relevant work/volunteer experience, and current position held, at the point of applicatio and include an up-to-date CV.

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Course Overview

The Masters in Digital Information and Media Management is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the professional theories, principles, ethics, legislation, policies and technologies that underpin the discipline. You will go beyond this to interrogate the structures and systems that define the digital information lifecycle in order to find more efficient and productive ways of operating. The world-class instruction from our departmental staff will be augmented by visiting professionals from cutting-edge organisations. By the end of your course, you will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the organisational and technical processes surrounding information governance and digital information management.

You will achieve this by applying your specialist skills to real-life situations throughout the course. By making the most of this experiential learning, you will graduate with a valuable skill-set gained through hands-on experience of this increasingly important subject. Your study will culminate in your academic dissertation, a significant piece of independent research, on any aspect of digital information management that holds particular interest for 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 education in digital information management, you will also develop 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 decisions 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.

About this course

Why study Digital Information and Media Management at Aberystwyth University?

  • hands-on project working with professional digital information managers
  • training in industry standard cataloguing and preservation software
  • education in relevant coding languages
  • 3-4 day hands-on methods and tools workshop
  • intensive dissertation workshop to support research topic
  • identification and develop research skills
  • professional conferences, visits and lectures
  • 3-4 day study tour in London.


This degree will equip you with latest developments in digital information curation, 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 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.

Teaching & Learning

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study:

  • Recordkeeping Theories and Contexts
  • Recordkeeping Process and Practice
  • Digital Collection Development
  • Digital Preservation
  • Practical Project
  • Knowledge and Information Architecture

Choose from option modules including:

  • Studies in Management
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Digital Information Literacy.

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practical classes. High quality teaching and supervision will enable you to realise your full potential. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and work on projects both individually and in groups.

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the postgraduate programme. In addition to essays and professional reports, you will give individual and group presentations. You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.