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Master of Science in Library and Information Management

Programme Overview and Aims

Everyone is talking about the knowledge economy.  The Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong is helping people to contribute and be benefit from it.  The Master of Science in Library and Information Management (MSc(LIM)) programme is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), UK*. and is designed to prepare candidates for professional work in the information sector, the fastest growing area of the economy in Hong Kong and the world. 

The Faculty is a member of the iSchools and we are the only institution in HK joined the iSchools as a member, along with other top-tier members such as University College London, University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Toronto.

* Accreditation valid until March 2021 and subject to re-accreditation.

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Innovative teaching practices and leadership in information studies and information technology in education characterize the Faculty of Education. Its strengths include a distinguished faculty of international and local experts that teach in the BEd, MSc, PhD and professional doctorate programmes. It is the only local university with library and information studies programmes at the Bachelor and post-graduate levels.  Besides a full-time mode of study, we also offer a part-time mode for this programme which allows the busy working professional an opportunity for post-graduate study.  A visionary curriculum is taught using methods that put the student at the centre of the learning experience.

Innovative teaching methods help students enhance career possibilities by building knowledge of the latest developments in information-related industries.

HKU, a world-class university is a major regional and international centre for research. Its library system has more than two million volumes and highly sophisticated electronic services and extensive databases for student use.

The Faculty of Education uses a Web-based course system for students to access course materials, announcements, and resources.  Electronic activities such as forum discussion and instant messaging also capitalize on the latest technology to enrich the learning experience, knowledge sharing and community building among students.  Assignment submission and instructor feedback are also online, allowing students to maximize their convenience in studying.

Students come from all backgrounds and occupations.  These include education, publishing, information technology, corporate training, research, librarianship, business and management. 

Mode of study

The programme

  • can be completed in one academic year of full-time study or two but no more than four consecutive academic years of part-time study
  • requires students to take a total of 10 courses in their studies.  Over enrollment is not allowed.  Full-time students should take no more than four courses in a term, while part-time students should not take more than 2 courses in a term.
  • is conducted in a face-to-face mode supplemented by online learning (e-learning)
  • offers courses across three terms in a year
  • schedules classes normally on weekdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings  and afternoons at HKU campus.  Some day-time classes will be held on weekdays.*

* Subject to change without further notice.

Candidates with a full-time job should apply for the part-time mode.

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