Taught course


University of Sheffield · Information School

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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.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is accredited by CILIP

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.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2646