Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 12th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
About the School Located in Singapore, at the Nanyang Technological University, the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) has the most comprehensive curriculum in Communication and Information Studies in Asia. The only full-fledged communication school in Singapore, WKWSCI is a world-class centre of excellence with an international faculty, state-of-theart communication laboratories, and global institutional affiliations. WKWSCI stewards an in-depth focus in research, generating empirical and humanistic analyses of communication topics and policy issues important not just to Singapore, but to the region and the world. With a talented team of faculty and research staff, the School undertakes a broad range of interdisciplinary research that spans across the diverse fields of communication and information.
MSc in Information Studies
WKWSCI establishes and maintains an international network of educators, researchers and info-comm professionals through collaborative projects, conferences and other exchanges. This includes attracting some of the very best minds in communication studies to the School.
empowerment through information Background of Programme Information studies, which transcends industries and sectors, play a highly significant role in today’s connected world, as the science of applying and using information and knowledge, through technology and/or other means, becomes increasingly linked to the progress and growth of organisations, economics, and societies. The MSc in Information Studies programme thus, is designed to educate and transform graduates from various backgrounds into a new generation of information professionals. The programme is continually revised to keep pace with emerging trends and latest industry developments. Upon completion, students will be armed with a professional qualification that is recognised in a wide range of information-intensive environments across different sectors, such as education, finance, information technology, defence, construction, consulting, manufacturing, and government ministries, and statutory boards.
Nur Ezehar Bin Bohari | Class of 2012
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 31 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718 Email: [email protected]
Programme Structure Application The MSc in Information Studies is a multidisciplinary programme combining theory and practice to address the growing need of organisations for skilled information professionals. The programme provides the knowledge to transform information resources into opportunities for organisational growth and innovation. The programme is seen as a professional qualification for information professionals working in libraries and information centres. The programme builds foundational skills across the breadth of the information studies field and provides opportunities for specialisations through the following two tracks: • Library Science track: Focuses on providing essential knowledge applicable in any type of library or information management job. • Information Analytics track: Focuses on using methods, tools and frameworks to manage, analyse and derive insight from traditional as well as digital information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud and big data. Taught by an international faculty with a wide range of expertise, professional and academic backgrounds, courses are conducted through lectures, tutorials and lab sessions. The nature of this programme also requires high levels of interactivity with faculty and fellow students. Graduates from the programme will have both the leadership skills and analytic capabilities to contextualise information in different organisational environments so that they can: • identify organisational information needs and gaps, • capture, search, organise, classify, analyse, and use information, and ultimately • build and manage information organisations.
“What attracted me to this course was the broad-based curriculum. The wide range of modules offered in the different areas of concentration allowed me to tailor the coursework to suit my interests. The classes combined both theory and practical; the hands-on sessions teaching us real-life essential skills that could be applied in the workplace. Through this course, I gained a deeper insight into the different informationrelated fields and I am now better equipped to handle the challenges of being an information professional.” Lim Duanli Manager (Department of Statistics, Statistical Information Services) Class of 2014
The programme could be taken by full-time study (completed within one year) or part-time study (completed within two years). Applicants for admission are normally invited through the press in early January for the academic year beginning in August. The School only accepts online applications in January/February for the August intake. More information is available at: http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/Pages/default.aspx
The MSc in Information Studies has two options of study: 1. Coursework and dissertation – students are required to take eight elective courses and complete a research project for which the student must submit a dissertation, or 2. Coursework only – students are required to take nine elective courses, and H6799 Critical Inquiry in Information Studies.
GENERAL ELECTIVES Research Methods in Human Information Behaviour Information Representation & Retrieval Information Organisation Information Management Information Professions: Heritage, Values and Ethics Management of Technologies in Organisations
“The MSc Information Studies programme equipped me with solid theoretical and practical backbone to critically challenge and examine information before acceptance. With information trade now dominated by digital, mobile, and on-demand technologies, the programme offers timely courses. I was also immensely impressed by the professional and academic backgrounds of the faculty. More importantly, I gained a global exposure through the exchanges I had with mentors and co-students within and beyond classes, and this drew me to a dynamic research-savvy profession that constantly triggers intellectual rigour and knowledge pursuit. “ Hannah Trinity Dumaual Project Officer (Nanyang Technological University, WKWSCI Information Literacy Research Cluster) Class of 2014
LIBRARY SCIENCE TRACK ELECTIVES Collection Development & Management Cataloguing & Classification Business & Management Sources and Services Children & Young Adults Sources and Services Reference and Information Discovery Theories and Practices of Heritage Work Social Sciences & Humanities Sources and Services Science & Technology Sources and Services Art and Music Sources and Services
INFORMATION ANALYTICS TRACK ELECTIVES Organisational Records Management Digital Libraries Social Media Analytics Text and Web Mining Data Extraction Techniques Information Visualization Information Mining & Analysis
Note: Not all courses will be offered in a semester. Courses offered are subjected to availability of instructors.
Eligibility The minimum requirement for admission is a good Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Preference however, is given to those with: • good undergraduate academic performance at a reputable university, • good written and spoken communication in English, • working experience in an information-related field, • maturity and breadth of thinking and experience, and • passion and interest in the information studies field. Admission to the programme is on a competitive basis.
“I was pleasantly surprised by how varied the contents were. They allowed me to learn a whole slew of competencies. The various hands-on activities also helped to entrench the theories and concepts learnt during lectures.” Intan Azura Mokhtar (Dr) Member of Parliament, Ang Mo Kio GRC Class of 2003