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Library and Information Management MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Information Management Librarianship And Library Management Information Work / Information Use

Course type


Course Summary


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.


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.


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:

  • librarians
  • records managers
  • web developers
  • learning resource managers
  • digital librarians
  • government archivists

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

Different course options

Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This unit introduces the intellectual foundations of and practices in information organisation, search and retrieval and their application in providing information access, find ability and in designing browse-able information architectures.
Dissertation - Core
Research Methods - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more

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