Literatures, Languages & Cultures

MSc Receives Accreditation

The MSc in Book History and Material Culture has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

The taught MSc was granted formal accreditation by CILIP following the institution's assessment visit on 29 April 2016. The programme brings together theory and practice in new and innovative ways and is distinctive for its integration of traditional bibliography, training in special collections, and advanced theoretical approaches.

With our first accredited programme in this field, the University of Edinburgh is a valuable addition to a growing network of learning providers that offer quality assurance for those pursuing a career in the wide ranging library, information and knowledge profession.'

Helen BerryCILIP Development Officer for Learning Providers

CILIP is the leading body representing the information professions. CILIP’s learning provider accreditation programme is designed to help students choose academic information courses that cover essential skills and knowledge, and have been rigorously assessed by external evaluators.  Accredited programmes are assessed using the CILIP Personal Knowledge and Skills Base which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the information professions.

Independent assessor, Ann Hindson, particularly praised the strength of scholarship and intellectual endeavour, the relevance to professional practice, the variety of practical opportunities and the positive feedback from current students who see the course as contemporary and directly relevant to their careers.


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