MA Librarianship

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

If you're considering a career in information and library management, a masters from Sheffield can give you the grounding you need. If you're an experienced professional, we can enhance your skills.

Sheffield is a world-leader in the field of information systems. Our research in areas such as health informatics, e-business, digital technology and social media influences the way businesses, governments and individuals interact.

Our masters courses develop well-rounded professionals. We can bring you up to speed with the latest technology and management techniques. But we're also deeply concerned with the social, ethical and moral implications of the data revolution.

About the course

Our established MA Librarianship degree includes guest lectures from industry professionals and field visits. Through group work, you'll hone your organisational and team-working skills.

We can also help you to develop leadership and management capabilities.

This CILIP-accredited course prepares you for a library career in a variety of sectors.

Most applicants have around 12 months' work experience, but we are flexible. The department can advise on queries about work experience. For those who are more experienced, there is the MA/PGDip/PGCert (Professional Enhancement Programme) Librarianship.

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Management for Library and Information Services
  • Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
  • Information Literacy
  • Libraries, Information and Society
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Optional modules

These include:

  • Archives and Records Management
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Information Literacy Research
  • Content Management Systems
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries
  • Public and Youth Library Services


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers
  • Visits to library and information service organisations


  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Small projects
  • In-class tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Group work
  • Research-based dissertation

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Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a good 2:2 and you would normally be expected to have some library or related work experience. Most applicants have around 12 months' experience but we are flexible. Please contact us with any queries about your work experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Learning environment

Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers, a 30-seat lecture room and our brand new iLab, designed for research into human–computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for staff and students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. You can connect your laptop to our wireless network.

For research, the Michael Lynch Research Computing Laboratory has networked PCs and UNIX-based workstations. We're right in the middle of the campus and close to the Information Commons, so you'll be able to access the University's many resources.

How we teach

Our courses are research-led, which means you'll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field. Alongside the theory and technical skills, you'll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

Your career

Our graduates work for all kinds of organisations, in the public and private sectors. Some of them are independent consultants. In the information age, good information management is at the top of everyone's agenda. Employers include: Adidas, BBC, British Red Cross, Cambridge University, The Department of Health, House of Commons Library, IBM, NHS and Stanford University.

If you're already an experienced professional, you can develop new skills and advance your career with one of our Professional Enhancement Programmes, such as the MA/PGDip/PGCert Librarianship.

Your subject

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems. The world needs graduates who are information literate.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2660/2630