Postgraduate Studies

Masters in Information Resources Management (MIRM)

Information  and  its  effective  communication  and  use  are  vital  activities  within  all  areas of government,  commerce,  industrial  and  social  life.  The growing demand for individuals with specialized  skills  to  manage  information  effectively,  coupled  with  global  happening  in  the information field as well as the proliferation of information and communication technologies have been prominent factors driving the need for post-graduate studies in information resources management in Babcock University. The selectivity and screening of information have become very crucial in today’s information environment where information overload has become a constant. Our mission is to produce professionals with a firm grasp of the principles of information retrieval, information technology and management, as well as individuals who are cognizant of the changing information environment and able to function effectively in them.


Purpose, Aim/Objectives

In keeping with the mission of Babcock University, the goal of this programme is to train individuals for professional work in information service delivery in all areas of public, business, industrial and social life.

Specific objectives are to:

1.     develop  a  critical  awareness  and  understanding  of  the  principles  of  librarianship  and information service delivery;

2.     develop skills in information identification, selection, organization, retrieval dissemination in paper, digital and multimedia formats;

3.     develop ability to create, enhance and exploit knowledge assets in organizations;

4.     train senior personnel to manage records in all formats ;

5.     promote a critical awareness and professional skill in health information management;

6.     develop professional skills in the selectivity and screening of information in the field of business management.


Admission Requirements

A.    Admission  shall  be  made  by  School  of  Postgraduate  Studies  on  the recommendation  of  the  Department/School  Postgraduate  Committee. Recommendation for admission will be based on candidates’ performance in the screening exercise (written/oral) to be conducted by the department. Applicants are also expected to write a two-paged proposal on their career aspiration.


Admission to the Master degree programme is open to graduates of Babcock University and of other universities recognized by the University Senate. Candidates should have a minimum of:

a)    Second Class Lower Division in

i)      Information Resources Management

ii)     Any discipline outside Information Resources Management

b)    Three  years  of  work  experience  in  information  based  organizations  will  be added advantages to applicants in all cases

c)         Candidates  who  have  a  Second  Class  Lower  Division  from  any  discipline  who have  worked  in  industrial  or  commercial  organizations  (library  or  information section) for at least three years.


B.        Mode of Admission

i.          Regular Module

Admission  into the regular semester module can  be  offered  only  to  candidates  who  satisfy  the  College of Postgraduate  Studies  that  they  are either not  in  employment,  or have  been released by their employers to undertake full-time studies.

ii.         Elongated Semester Module

Candidates maybe admitted into the program in the Elongated Semester module if they satisfy the requirements of the College of Postgraduate Studies. In this option, the equivalent of a regular semester is spread over a period of six months


Duration of the Program

Regular: Minimum - three (3) semesters; Maximum – five (5) semesters

Elongated: Minimum - four (4) semesters; Maximum – six (6) semesters


Industrial Attachment

In all Master level courses, students will undertake a three month placement in any organization

of their choice including library/information service centres.

They are advised to choose places that would enhance their proposed area of specialization. The

placement  takes  place  between  the  end  of  second  semester  course  work  and  the  beginning of third semester. A satisfactory  grade  will  be  required  for  candidates  to  proceed  to  the  third semester.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates will be required to pass at least 53 units of course work. They will also conduct and successfully defend a dissertation valued at 6 units, for a total of 57 units as shown in the breakdown below.


General Courses                     4 units

Core Courses                        41 units

Elective Courses                    6 units

Dissertation                            6 units

Total                                     57 units

In all cases, candidates must achieve at least 60% in each of the core courses and achieve an aggregate mark of 70% overall to be able to proceed to PhD.