MA Librarianship

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, MA Librarianship

About the course

September 2018 start

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 around 12 months’ work experience but there is flexibility around this.

Please contact us if you have queries about your work experience. If you’re more experienced, you should take the Professional Enhancement Programme.

Information School postgraduate student

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

Examples of optional modules


  • 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

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.

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 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.

You would normally be expected to have some library or related work experience. Most applicants have around 12 months' experience but we are flexible. Please contact us with any queries about your work experience.

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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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2662/2646

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