The master of science degree in library and information management is the only programme of its kind in Hong Kong. It is taught at the University of Hong Kong's faculty of education. The programme is designed to keep information professionals updated on the latest developments in information technology and the internet.
Peter Warning, the programme's teaching consultant, says the course focuses on applying information process models to help organisations improve information and knowledge flows.
"The aim of the course is to train information professionals to take on key roles, such as information managers, knowledge managers, record managers and librarians," he says.
The programme is suitable for anyone who wants to become an information professional and those already working in the sector.
"Our students come from all backgrounds and occupations such as education, publishing, information technology, corporate training, research, librarianship, business and management. We are getting students who are fresh bachelor's degree graduates and some from the mainland," Warning says.
Students are required to complete eight modules. The modular nature of the programme means that students can select courses that match their career needs and aspirations. There are three compulsory core modules - library and information science foundations, information behaviour, and methods of research and inquiry. Candidates holding a recognised bachelor's degree are eligible to apply.
There are two intakes every year in September and January. The quota varies annually. Last year, 60 students were enrolled. Students are able to study one to two years full-time, while part-time students must finish the course in four years.