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MA PG Certificate PG Diploma


Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the world’s leading centre for information, data, library and knowledge management research and teaching. Our courses are fully accredited by CILIP and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required by employers.
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Course description

Our established MA Librarianship degree includes guest lectures from industry professionals and field visits. Through group work, you’ll hone your organisational and teamworking 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 several months’ work experience in a library or information-related role, but there is flexibility around this. Please contact us if you have queries about your work experience. If you’re more experienced, you could take the Professional Enhancement Programme.

Professional Enhancement Programme

The Professional Enhancement Programme is designed for experienced professionals. The emphasis is on helping you re-evaluate the way you work in the context of new and emerging ideas.

As an experienced 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.

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This course is accredited by CILIP


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

Choose from a range of optional modules including:

  • Archives and Records Management
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Researching Social Media
  • Data and Society
  • Digital Advocacy
  • Business Intelligence
  • Database Design
  • Human Computer Information Interaction: Content Management Systems
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries
  • Public and Youth Library Services
  • Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services


You can expect a mix of:

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

This MA Librarianship course also includes visits to library and information service organisations.


You’ll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including:

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


  • 1 year full-time
  • 3 years part-time
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I chose to study at the Information School because of its academic reputation and because it allowed me to specialise in the topics of interest that will help me in my career. The facilities are excellent and the lecturers are very experienced and committed. There are also many different opportunities provided by the School and University to enhance your knowledge.

Itzelle Medina
MA Librarianship

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a good 2:2 in any subject and you would normally be expected to have some library or related work experience.

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.

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


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.