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Librarianship

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

Librarianship is aimed at resourceful people with excellent communication and organisational skills, with ambitions to work in a wide range of library and information roles in a variety of sectors.
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Course description

This course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to enter the library and information profession, or to progress in your existing library or information career.

The course has professional accreditation from CILIP, and provides key skills, such as management of information resources, information literacy support, and effective information retrieval. The course also allows you to specialise in areas that interest you, including academic libraries, archives, public libraries and library services for young people. Modules explore the management of digital as well as traditional libraries. The programme gives you an understanding of the latest thinking and up-to-date good practice, as well as the library profession’s enduring values. 

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

Modules

Core modules

  • Management for Library and Information Services
  • Information Organisation
  • Information Literacy
  • Libraries, Information and Society
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation

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
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries
  • Public and Youth Library Services
  • Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-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, but there is flexibility around this.

Please contact us if you have any queries about your 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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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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.