2020 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Library and Information Services Management (Distance Learning)

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

This CILIP-accredited course focuses on the creation, management and use of information, and the role that libraries and information services play in different parts of society.
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Course description

This CILIP- accredited programme focuses on the creation, management and use of information, and the role that libraries and information services play in their communities. On the course, you will develop core skills and expertise to support your career development. You will learn about key strategic, operational and ethical issues involved in leading and supporting physical and digital library and information services. The course covers the latest theory and good practice.

The programme will enable you to apply what you learn in your working life immediately and also bring your professional experience to bear on your learning. It is taught completely online to fit around your other commitments, but at the same time encourages you to interact with fellow professionals on the course as well as with expert teaching staff and guest lecturers. And you can study from anywhere in the world

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This course is accredited by CILIP


Core modules

  • Libraries, Information and Society
  • Information Literacy
  • Leadership, Strategy and Change
  • Information Organisation
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Personal and Professional Development Portfolio
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Public and Youth Library Services
  • Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Database Design and Data Management


  • 2 years part-time by distance learning
  • 3 years part-time by distance learning

The course has exceeded my expectations. The subjects and materials are relevant to my current role and the course has provided an opportunity to improve transferable skills.”

Josephine Bailey
MA Library and Information Services Management student

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible. You’ll need a combination of a good second-class honours degree and around 12 months’ information-related practical work experience.

If you don’t have a degree but your professional experience is extensive, you might be able to take the postgraduate certificate or diploma and upgrade to the MA later.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component or equivalent.


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.