MA Library and Information Management

Library and Information Management introduces you to the world of information, in all forms, from digital to analogue across every sector. This CILIP accredited programme is your passport to a career in the information profession.

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Recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), this route prepares graduates of all disciplines for a career in the modern information society and its industries.

The taught element is equivalent to a postgraduate diploma, and as a professional qualification enables progression to Chartership in your first professional post. Your study will focus on the principles for the organisation, retrieval and accessibility of information and on the strategic management of information organisations, such as libraries, the information landscape, for example online and on the web, and on the development of library services of all kinds. Successful completion of a dissertation develops your knowledge of the field and skills as a researcher resulting in the award of MA. You may undertake a placement, which we will help you to source, in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services. This will provide networking opportunities within the library, information and media industries. 

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Features and Benefits

  • Accredited course: The course is recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
  • Engaging content: Explore information and communications from the digital and human perspective.
  • The Digital Revolution: Assess how information is managed and how individuals' lives, organisations and society have been influenced by the digital revolution.
  • Real world experience: Gain skills that will enable you to be well-placed to pursue a career aligned with your interests, in a range of sectors.
  • Placement opportunities: The programme has strong connections to all sectors of the profession extended to the students via fieldwork placements, visiting speakers and workshops.
  • Research informed: Close links with Departmental Research Groups; Data and Society and Information Interactions Research Group (IIRG)
"I have wanted to work in libraries for a long time and this degree gave me a recognised professional qualification while giving me opportunities to pick up work experience in the field. This means that I am now qualified and able to build a career in librarianship." Naomi Hall, MA Library and Information Management (alumni)

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"Throughout this course, you will become fully equipped to deal with the real world challenges of the information society, make connections with professionals in a variety of sectors and gain real world employability skills through our placements programme."

Dr Geoff Walton, Senior Lecturer

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course you will be ideally placed to pursue a career as an Information Professional. The increase in available digital information has led to a growing demand for professionals who have an understanding of information organisations, not limited to libraries but including industries of cultural heritage, research, publishing, broadcast and media, and employed to develop methods for storing, curating, accessing and using information in innovative ways and in future applications and services. 

Graduates on this longstanding masters programme have been successful in building careers as diverse as:

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Martyn Greenwood, MA Library and Information Management

Martyn is now Assistant Librarian & Knowledge Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate UK honours degree (or international or professional equivalent) in any discipline.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

The course is recognised and approved by the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the combination of taught units, dissertation and optional fieldwork will prepare you to take a leading role in rapidly evolving knowledge and information industries and enhance your skills for employability. Learning takes place in a vibrant environment and you will be able to take advantage of our excellent connections to this sector via fieldwork placements and our programme of visiting speakers.

Core units will be:

  • Evidence Bases in Library and Information Science
  • Research Methods
  • Information Organisations and their Management
  • Information Organisation and Search
  • Assessing Information Seeking Behaviour
  • Digital Rights
  • Dissertation

You will choose one option unit from:

  • Introduction to Health Librarianship
    - In this unit you will be provided with an introduction to the range of knowledge and skills required to manage, provide and co-ordinate library and knowledge services for healthcare staff, learners, patients and the public. There will be an extensive guest lecture programme from colleagues in health information professional roles. Students will critically analyse the role of knowledge and information in delivering healthcare and health improvement.
  • E-Learning
    - This is an optional unit  and provides an introduction to teaching and learning principles, from which students are taught how these principles may be applied to blended and online learning.  Students will apply the principles of pedagogy to the design of teaching and e-leaning. 

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Core Units


Consists of an 18,000-20,000 word dissertation on a subject that reflects your studies.

Information Organisations and their Management

This unit aims to develop your understanding of the information organisation landscape and in particular, it forefronts and adopts a proactive and realistic stance to the issue of sustainability of information organisations in a volatile and challenging marketplace. Through the unit students will develop their management knowledge and skills, including people skills such as leadership and team working, and be encouraged to be creative and innovative.

Information Organisation and Search

This unit introduces the intellectual foundations and practices of the organisation of information, search and retrieval, and the application of providing information access.

Assessing Information Seeking Behaviours

This unit introduces the theoretical and methodological framework for understanding information seeking behaviour and use, and applies this knowledge of the user, the task context and professional understanding of information literacy to the design, usability and user experience of physical and digital libraries.

Digital Rights

This unit explores information governance, legislative and regulatory compliance, and whether there is adequate balance and protection for the competing interests of government, business, civil society and the individual.

Evidence Bases in Library and Information Science

This unit provides you with the opportunity to understand and develop skills in relation to the use of evidence and data in a wide variety of practice based settings. The two strands of the unit develop complementary sets of skills regarding evidence based practice, including for example systematic review or activity data, and the design of research projects to collect, analyse and interpret primary research data in response to practice-focused research questions.

Likely Optional Units

Text and Data Technologies

This unit introduces and develops use and management of the latest techniques and technologies for digital information (namely text and metadata) processing to make organisations resources available to be accessed, discovered and disseminated on the web.

Interactive Search and Interface Design

This unit introduces the techniques and technologies employed in representing and enhancing content for developing usable and useful search and information discovery applications.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You may take the opportunity to gain work experience and arrange a placement to complement your studies in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services. This will provide networking opportunities within the library, information and media industries.

Journalism, Information and Communications

Our Journalism, Information and Communications section provides courses in the areas of information, library and information management, digital media, web development, communications and multimedia journalism.

The department’s history goes back nearly 70 years and it has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, working collaboratively with industry to develop partnership agreements in the public sector.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1778 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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