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  MA/PGDip/PGCert Library and Information Services Management (Distance Learning)

Online University of Sheffield    Information School

Part time September MA, PGDip, PGCert 2-3 years part time Award winner

About the course

Gain understanding, knowledge and practical insights so your career as a library and information professional can flourish. The MA and PG Diploma awards are CILIP accredited.

This course 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'll 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. You'll be prepared for a professional role in areas ranging from public service to business.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree.

You should also have around 12 months' information-related practical work experience. This is flexible depending on the level and relevance of your 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.


Two-year MA
For 2022 entry.
Home (2023 annual fee): £5,975 each year
Overseas (2023 annual fee): £5,975 each year
Three-year MA
For 2022 entry.
Home (2023 annual fee): £3,983 each year
Overseas (2023 annual fee): £3,983 each year

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Student Profile

Liz Barnard

A little over a year ago, I made a difficult decision to take voluntary redundancy from a library post. It was really tough to do, because I felt I had found a career that I really loved - working in libraries was what I wanted to do.

However, taking the redundancy meant that I could start a distance learning course at the Information School. I’ve learned so much, which I can use directly in my professional practise. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed studying so much and it’s encouraged me to start exploring different information sectors. It’s not all easy and plain-sailing, but it’s worth it!


The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree.

If your application is successful you can use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.

Selection process
All applications will be reviewed by senior members of academic staff and/or Student Support Services staff.

When reviewing your application we'll look at personal circumstances, widening participation criteria and take into account academic achievements. All applications are anonymised and the decision is discretionary and final.

When assessing your application, we will give regard to whether you:

have provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield.
have identified clearly how the scholarship will be beneficial to their student experience.
have clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree he/she has applied for, and they involve appropriate and credible contribution from which others will benefit.

Please note the scholarship application is a separate process to applying for a course. Being awarded a scholarship does not guarantee you will be made an academic offer. To apply for a course please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

You are not required to apply for your course prior to submitting your scholarship application.

Further information regarding the awards can be found on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)



About you:

You'll be studying a taught postgraduate course full-time or part-time for a maximum of four years.
You're domiciled in the UK or European Union and are not charged international rate fees.
You're not already qualified at masters level, or higher.
You're self funded.

And one or both of the following:

You're from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population - see the widening participation criteria below.
You've already achieved or currently predicted a first class undergraduate degree - see the academic merit criteria below.

Application Procedure

Applications are open. The deadline to submit your application is 5pm Monday 11 May 2020.

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