Taught course

Library and Information Services Management

University of Sheffield · Information School

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to have at least a good second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, in any subject discipline. However if you do not have a degree, but have substantial work experience in the library and information management profession, you may be admitted onto the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance, with the possibility of upgrading to the MA, subject to making satisfactory progress.

You would normally be expected to have some information-related practical work experience. Your experience can be full or part time, paid or voluntary, based in a library or another organisation carrying out an information role. It should be substantial enough to allow you to bring it to bear on the course. In fact, most of our students are working whilst studying on the course; which is useful but not essential. You may be accepted onto the course without a degree if the quality of your work experience is sufficiently high.

Months of entry


Course content

Today's library and information professionals need to understand how to manage physical and digital information resources, and how these shape the provision of customer-focused information services. They must understand the exciting changes that are taking place in the fast-developing information world. With change happening rapidly, professional reflection and performance evaluation are also important skills for today's leaders. This course will equip you to carry out a wide variety of roles in the contemporary information environment.

The course aims to produce rounded practitioners who can contribute value to an organisation immediately, through core professional skills and a grasp of strategic and practical issues. It provides an in-depth understanding of managerial and ethical issues involved in leading and supporting physical and digital library services and developmental initiatives.

It will introduce you to the best current thinking and practice, and equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter this fast-developing sector. You will learn core competencies in IT, management and information handling, together with a wide range of specialisms.

The skills of librarians and information specialists are essential to identify, control, organise and make accessible the ever-increasing amounts of information available in paper, digital and multimedia formats. This course prepares you for a professional role in areas ranging from public service to business.

Qualification and course duration


24-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2646