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Information Management

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Gain strong information management skills to pursue a career in librarianship or records management.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Information Management
  • Duration


    2 years full-time
  • Credit


Course outline



This course will prepare you for a career in librarianship, records management and archives, enabling you to meet the demand for information management professionals across many sectors of employment.

You will learn how to apply theoretical concepts in information science in library, archives and records contexts, and examine how information systems can link individuals, communities and businesses with data and new knowledge. 

These skills not only help you to acquire, design, manage, access, curate and preserve information, but also give you the ability to contextualise information so it’s used ethically and meaningfully.

During the course, you’ll gain techniques, technologies and tools related to information management in library, archives and records industry roles. Two three-week practicum placements prepare you for work in these areas before you finish the course.

As a graduate, you can pursue work in a range of information-related careers with responsibilities that include community and stakeholder engagement, program development, metadata and classification, information systems design and digital information management.

After completing this master degree, you may be eligible for doctoral-level studies.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

*Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this course can only study it fully online. This course is not available to onshore international students.

What jobs can the Information Management course lead to?

The future of information management

The explosion of personal and organisational information, and expansion of data tracking and recording, requires professionals who not only advise how to acquire, organise, access, curate and preserve information, but also contextualise information so it is used ethically and meaningfully.

Information professionals will hold key roles in organisations to advise on data privacy, metadata, governance, information literacy, user experience, universal design, digital fluency and data management.

Career fields

  • Public, state and national libraries
  • Academic and special libraries
  • Corporate and government records management
  • Local, state and national archives
  • Family and local history
  • Museum archives
  • Digital repositories
  • Publishers

What you'll learn

  • understand the disciplines of librarianship, records management and archives, their theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional approaches; understand and apply in practice established and developing knowledge and professional practice; extend the boundaries of knowledge through academic research and have developed a commitment to continuing research, both work-based and academic
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to information management issues
  • understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the information management sectors; apply best practice in servicing the needs of users of libraries, records and archives; locate and evaluate information resources and manage collections effectively
  • communicate appropriately with information users and colleagues; assess the information needs of information user groups, in both the public and private sectors
  • assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the librarian, records manager or archivist; learn the technologies relevant to information creation, organisation, dissemination and use; decide on appropriate applications and systems for specific information service needs
  • apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity; develop a commitment to professional research and publication within the librarianship, records management and archives sectors
  • think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of librarianship, records management, and archiving
  • recognise individual human rights, including rights of free access to information; appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when disseminating information to diverse user groups; value diversity of language and how this may be fostered in services offered by information professionals
  • apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians, records managers and archivists; work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership; understand and demonstrate professional behaviour; understand issues in the ethical use of information and demonstrate how ethical practices may be followed in the workplace. Understand and apply major tools for information organisation, metadata creation and indexing and recordkeeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia, and the Australian Society of Archivists. 

After graduating, I spent a year in Canada working with a public health start-up that leverages data to predict the spread of infectious diseases. The company was one of the first to identify the emerging risk from COVID-19. My degree allowed me to enhance my career with overseas experience, and gave me the expertise and confidence to contribute in a diverse, multidisciplinary and forward-thinking environment.

Abby Asomani

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require equivalent to or higher than a three year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider EITHER in a discipline other than librarianship or information studies or records or archives completed any time; OR a three year bachelor degree in librarianship or information studies or records or archives, completed more than 10 years ago, OR a Graduate Diploma in librarianship or information studies or records or archives.

The course relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the course.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

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  • Curtin course code: MC-INFMGT1
  • Last updated on: 22 May 2024

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