MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate (Professional Enhancement Programme) 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

For professionals who want to update their skills

This Professional Enhancement Programme is designed for experienced professionals and the emphasis is on helping you re-evaluate the way you work in the context of the latest research and technology.

As an experienced library or information professional, you'll take fewer core modules than students who are starting from scratch. This leaves you free to choose more optional modules, so you can focus on what's most relevant to you in your job.

The course reinforces your theoretical and practical skills and will enable you to review your professional practice in the context of current thinking.

You'll develop new skills and learn how to apply research-based approaches to real-world problems.

You will acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can also help you develop leadership and management capabilities.

Core modules

  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation (MA only)
  • Management for Library and Information Services

Optional modules

Choose from our wide range including:

  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Designing Usable Websites
  • Public and Youth Library Services
  • Information Literacy Research
  • Content Management Systems

You can also choose up to three independent study modules.


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers


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

Flexible study

The course is entirely flexible. You can build up to the masters degree at a pace that suits you – for instance, take the PG Certificate part-time, take a year out, come back and take the PG Diploma full-time, and so on.

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Key facts

Course duration

Up to 1 year full-time/2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

At least two years' relevant work experience and a first degree in librarianship or information studies. If you have less than two years' work experience, please contact the Information School to discuss your work experience. If your first degree is in another subject, you'll also need a relevant professional qualification.

If you don't have a first degree, but you have other qualifications and relevant work experience, you may be able to take the PGDip or PGCert. Please contact us for more information.

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

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.

As an experienced professional, you will develop new skills and advance your career with this Professional Enhancement Programme.

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.

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.

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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