MA Librarianship

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

Sheffield is a world-leader in the field of information systems. Our research in areas such as health informatics, e-business, digital technology and social media influences the way businesses, governments and individuals interact.

Our masters courses develop well-rounded professionals. We can bring you up to speed with the latest technology and management techniques. But we're also deeply concerned with the social, ethical and moral implications of the data revolution.

About the course

This CILIP-accredited course is designed to prepare recent graduates for careers in the public or private sector.

We teach specific professional skills such as knowledge organisation and information literacy. You will also develop useful transferable skills in management, leadership, communication and technology.

We organise a series of guest lectures from leading professionals. And there are chances to work on real-life research projects with partner organisations.

Core modules

  • Management for Library and Information Services
  • Information Retrieval: search engines and digital libraries
  • Libraries, Information and Society
  • Information Resources and Information Literacy
  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Optional modules


  • Database Design
  • Content Management Systems
  • Library Services for Children and Young People
  • Public Libraries
  • Academic and Research Libraries
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Health Care Information
  • Educational Informatics
  • Information Literacy Research
  • Business Intelligence
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers
  • Visits to library and information service organisations


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

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Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time/2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a 2:2 in any subject plus relevant 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

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Learning environment

We make sure you have all the tools you’ll need. Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers, a 30-seat lecture room and our brand new iLab, designed for research into human-computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for staff and students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. You can connect your laptop to our wireless network.

For research, the Michael Lynch Research Computing Laboratory has networked PCs and UNIX-based workstations. We’re right in the middle of things, next to St George’s Library and close to the Information Commons, so you’ll easily be able to access the University’s many resources.


Graduates work in universities and schools, for charities, the health sector and government.

Your subject

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems. The world needs graduates who are information literate.

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

T: +44 (0)114 222 2660