School of Information Management

About the Information Studies Programmes

 

Introduction

Studying for a postgraduate qualification in Information Studies (IST) is part of the professional development of any aspiring information manager. The School of Information Management offers the following Information Studies qualifications:

  • Master of Information Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Information Studies

A Master's degree is now the international standard qualification for an information professional, whether you are employed as a librarian, archivist, records manager, or knowledge/web content manager. To meet this growing demand in both private and public sectors, Victoria's School of Information Management offers the Master of Information Studies (MIS).  As well as the MIS degree, there are 'stepping stone' options of a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

The Information Studies Programmes offer broadly-based, technology focused qualifications for information professionals, with content and structure evolving to reflect the dynamic and rapidly changing work environment of information and communication technologies. All students cover the core body of knowledge required by the information professions, but are also able to select a programme that specialises in a preferred study or career path, as each qualification can be earned with a specialisation of either LIBS (library science) or ARCR (archives and records management).

Introduction to Information Studies (PDF, 275KB)

Professional Specialisation

The Master of Information Studies (with the LIBS specialisation) has been accepted for the purpose of registration by LIANZA, though students some elements of the BoK are taught in the elective course INFO 542. Our programmes also have an international reputation, with Information Studies qulifications with the ARCR specialisation accredited by the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (formerly RMAA). In addition, the American Library Association (ALA) considers students with an Information Studies degree from New Zealand acceptable for employment in the United States.

Go to 'Information for Prospective Students' to download the latest IST Prospectus and for links to the Victoria University Online Enrolments System.

Programme Structure

The Information Studies Programmes offer flexible, professional postgraduate qualifications designed to equal the best offered in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Both the Certificate and the Diploma share some core courses with the Master of Information Studies (MIS), with similar requirements for Library (LIBS) or Archives and Records (ARCR) specialisations; these are carefully designed to meet the needs of all groups of graduates, and concern principles of information management common to both fields.

The requirements for the Master of Information Studies (180 points) are completion of INFO 520, 521, 527, 528 and INFO 580; plus six courses from INFO 523, 525, 530-579.

  •  For Master of Information Studies with LIBS specialisation, students must complete INFO 523 and INFO 525
  • For Master of Information Studies with ARCR specialisation students must complete INFO 534 and INFO 535.

The requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Studies (120 points) are completion of INFO 520, 521, 527; plus five additional INFO 500-level courses.

  • For PGDipIS with LIBS specialisation, students must complete INFO 523 and INFO 525.
  • For PGDipIS with ARCR specialisation, students must complete INFO 534 and INFO 535.

The requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Studies (60 points) are completion of INFO 520; plus three additional INFO 500-level courses.

  • For PGCertIS with LIBS specialisation, students must complete INFO 523 and INFO 525.
  • For PGCertIS with ARCR specialisation, students must complete INFO 534 and INFO 535.

Students intending to complete the MIS over 3-4 years should consult with the Programmes Director as to an appropriate individual course of study. Students may substitute an elective course from another programme with approval from the Director.

 

Ongoing Opportunities

Learning does not come to a full stop at graduation, and professionals often need further professional development. Most courses in the Information Studies Programmes are available as a single course to information specialists with a degree who wish to update their professional knowledge, or extend it into fresh areas of information management; click here for further information about Certificates of Proficiency.

Courses Offered in the Information Studies Programmes

Links to Individual Course Information

Core Courses Elective Courses