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MSc Management of Library and Information Services

MSc Management of Library and Information Services

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Library Services Information Work / Services Information Management

Course type


Course Summary

The demands placed upon managers in the library and information profession are increasingly complex. Library and information managers have to cope with rapid change and development. This CILIP accredited degree (Diploma and Masters) has been devised as a response to the needs of the profession for Continuing Professional Development: to help professional practitioners cope with the demands placed upon them, and to prepare mid-career practitioners for the next stage in their career. It is therefore not designed to provide the student with a first qualification in information and library studies, but to update and progress existing knowledge and qualifications.


The objectives of the MSc in Management of Library and Information Services course are to:

enable senior library and information service staff to manage key resources through an understanding of their organisational value;
provide managers with specific skills in core activities;
offer an academic component to the career advancement of professionals;
enable employers to support Continuous Professional Development without the need for breaks in employment.

This programme is offered in flexible distance learning mode as it is recognised that prospective students will not wish a mid-career break in order to update their qualifications. The length of the degree scheme is normally three years, but students may take between two and five years to complete their studies. Normally, the first two years (Part One) consist of a taught element, whereby students complete 120 credits. Those wishing to finish study at the end of the taught element will be eligible for a Diploma (120 credits). The remaining period (Part Two) is to complete a dissertation (60 credits), to gain the Master’s qualification (180 credits).

Students on this course will be required to attend two compulsory residential study schools in Aberystwyth. The first will be in September at the commencement of the course, and is designed to prepare students for the taught element (Part One) of the programme. The second is a research study school (offered during April and September) and is designed to prepare students for the dissertation (Part Two).

Completion requires accumulation of 120 credits for the award of the Diploma and 180 credits for the award of the Master’s degree.


Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. This CILIP accredited Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained manager with knowledge and skills in Library and Information services. This course will also develop a wide range of general work skills such as research, analysis, writing, presentation and management, ensuring your employability is improved across all areas.


Traditionally, the manager's role was defined according to a varying number of functions s/he was expected to perform. In today's climate of rapid change and competition, the role of the manager is much more complex. In essence, managers must create total commitment within their organisations to a shared purpose or vision of the direction of their organisation. Thus, communication, motivation, and leadership skills are required.
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for total 3 years 2020/21 is: £8,350.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The minimum basic entry requirement for a Masters degree is normally a good Honours Degree (in any discipline). Applicants must also have: a professional library and information studies, or library and information science qualification (equivalent to a UK accredited qualification); a minimum of 5 years experience at a middle or senior management level within an information or library service (dependent on level and range of experience); pre-defined Information and Communication Technology skills and access to a computer linked to the Internet.