Taught course

Library and Information Services Management (Distance Learning)

University of Sheffield · Information School

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible. You'll need a combination of a good second class honours degree and around 12 months’ information-related practical work experience. If you don’t have a degree but your professional experience is extensive, you might be able to take the postgraduate certificate or diploma and upgrade to the MA later.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Change happens fast in information management. As a professional, you need to keep up with new technologies and approaches if you want to provide great services. That’s what we’re here for.

Our new CILIP-accredited MA helps you develop the skills you need to move your career forward. It’s also a unique opportunity to share your experience with fellow professionals. We offer modules that focus on leadership and on your own personal and professional development.

This course is designed to suit busy professionals. It’s taught completely online so you can fit it around your other commitments. And you can study from anywhere in the world.

Your career

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.

Our graduates work for all kinds of organisations, in the public and private sectors. Employers include:

Adidas; BBC; British Red Cross; Cambridge University; The Department of Health; Ernst and Young; GCHQ; Goldman Sachs; Hewlett-Packard CDS; House of Commons Library; Imperial College London; IBM; Kings College London; NHS; Pepsico; Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Stanford University

If you’re already an experienced professional, you can develop new skills and advance your career with one of our Professional Enhancement Programmes.

Your subject

Our courses are research-led, which means you’ll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field. Alongside the theory and technical skills, you’ll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

How we teach

You will be taught via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and specialised distance-learning software, which delivers lectures, seminars and tutorials online in real-time. You’ll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects and a research-based dissertation.

Core modules

  • Libraries, Information and Society
  • Information Literacy
  • Leadership, Strategy and Change
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Personal and Professional Development Portfolio
  • Information Organisation
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Public and Youth Library Services
  • Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Database Design and Data Management

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-36 PT months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2646