MSc Digital Library Management

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the UK's leading centre for information, data and knowledge management research and teaching. Our forward-thinking courses are fully accredited by CILIP and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required by employers.

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, postgraduate student in the Information School

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This CILIP-accredited course is about the creation, management and use of digital libraries and resources. It will introduce you to the strategic thinking and project management skills you need for a successful career. You’ll learn about digitisation, repositories, web creation and how to design digital libraries people want to use.

The course combines lectures from academics and professionals, seminars, small-group work and computer labs. We can also help you to develop leadership and management capabilities.

Information School postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Designing Usable Websites
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries
  • Management and Strategy for Digital Libraries
  • Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Examples of optional modules


  • Researching Social Media
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Database Design
  • Libraries, Information and Society
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Data and Society
  • Business Intelligence
  • Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services
  • Archives and Record Management
  • Advanced Digital Humanities

Teaching and assessment

You can expect a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory classes, group work, online discussion, case studies and lectures by visiting speakers.

You’ll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects, in-class tests, presentations, posters, group work and a research-based dissertation.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a good second class degree in any subject.

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

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Professor Paul Clough

What excites me are the commercial and academic challenges in providing effective search tools. I work with people at Google and Microsoft who do some really amazing and interesting things and I bring that into my teaching and research.

Professor Paul Clough

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is 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.