Taught course

Librarianship (Professional Enhancement Programme)

University of Sheffield · Information School

Entry requirements

At least two years’ relevant work experience and a first degree in librarianship or information studies. If you have less than two years’ work experience please contact us to discuss your work experience. If your first degree is in another subject, you’ll also need a relevant professional qualification. 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. Please contact us for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

The emphasis on this Professional Enhancement Programme course is on helping you re-evaluate the way you work in the context of new and emerging ideas.

As an experienced professional, you’ll take fewer core modules than students who are starting from scratch. This leaves you free to choose more optional modules, so you can focus on what’s most relevant to you in your job.

As a library or information professional, these courses will help you re-evaluate your practice in the context of the latest research. You’ll apply research-based approaches to problems and develop new skills relevant to your professional development plans.

You’ll acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can also help you develop leadership and management capabilities.


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

Core modules

Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation; Dissertation (MA only); Management for Library and Information Services.

Optional modules

Choose from our wide range including: Information and Knowledge Management; E-Business and E-Commerce; Designing Usable Websites; Public and Youth Library Services; Information Literacy Research; Content Management Systems. You can also choose up to three independent study modules.

Learning Environment

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 the campus and close to the Information Commons, so you’ll be able to access the University’s many resources.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
Up to 12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2660/2630