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Scholarly and professional education for library and information practice.


The postgraduate programme in Library and Information Management has been developed by the School of Education in close collaboration with library practitioners to provide an academic route to professional qualification. The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

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About this course

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The course draws on the direct experience of leaders in the library and information world to provide up-to-date and relevant insight into the key issues facing information services as they relate to the wider learning community, the strategic goals of the parent institution and the promotion of lifelong learning in a knowledge-based society. The course also benefits from the active involvement of the University Library in the provision of learning resources and direct support to students. It provides an academic foundation for professional practice.

The course is designed for library and information professionals in the public and private sectors, in schools, colleges or universities and in specialist libraries or information units.


The course is fully online. Where they are regular live online classes, these take place in an ‘online classroom’. For students commencing the course in September 2018 these will be on a Wednesday evening (6.00-7.30pm). We will be using the software Blackboard Collaborate for this.

There is useful information about Blackboard Collaborate at: &

Students will need a PC / laptop, reliable internet access, a web cam, a usb headset with microphone and audio, and a quiet place from which to participate in the online class. In addition to the weekly online sessions, learning resources will be posted online and students will engage in regular online discussion and keep an online learning journal.

It is likely that we will offer some face-to-face opportunities, and while we will encourage people to attend these, they will not be compulsory.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

The Library in its Environment

Year: 1

This is the first module taken in the programme. It is designed to provide students with an academic foundation in library and information management and to enable students to develop and deepen their understanding of the library and/or information environment in which they work. The module is delivered fully online. Assessment is by coursework and there are three coursework components (SWOT analysis, practical exercise and report, and final portfolio).

Improving Library Practice

Year: 1

This is the second module taken in the programme. It is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of library and information management and to enable students to develop and further their understanding of the library and/or information environment in which they work. The module is delivered online using a variety of tools and approaches. Assessment is by coursework and there are two coursework components (an essay/report and final portfolio).

Year two

Leadership in Libraries for the future

Year: 2

This is the third module taken in the programme. It is designed to provide students with an academic knowledge of leadership theories and their application in a library and information context and to enable students to develop and deepen their understanding of real-world leadership issues, trends, and challenges in the library and/or information environment in which they work. The module is delivered fully online. Assessment is by coursework and there are two coursework components and a group presentation.

Research Design and Initiation

Year: 2

The Research Design and Initiation module introduces students to the key ideas and issues that underpin educational research theory and practice. It provides a research methods course to guide them in commencing their own empirical research project. All students will have developed knowledge, insight and skills as reflective practitioners in the classroom or practice situation, and many will be very familiar with action research. This module is designed to widen their views of research enquiry, to help students organise, implement and progress an educational research project by dissertation encompassing good practice in primary and secondary research, methodological design, analytical insightfulness and piloting, and implementation planning including ethical enquiry.

Year three


Year: 3

This module allows participants to produce a sustained piece of independent research. It seeks to improve the quality of the participants' personal and professional understanding and the excellence of their practice, so that the impact on their organisation and on their colleagues and students is enhanced. It provides opportunities for the development of educational research methodologies and deepening understanding of the participant's situation and context.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree course, you must;

  • provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent); and
  • hold an Honours or degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or
  • hold an equivalent standard in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; and
  • satisfy additional requirements as described in the prospectus entry for your chosen course; or
  • provide evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level through the accreditation of your experience or learning.

Students are also expected to be working in a library/information environment for the duration of the course.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning resources and activities are available online. Theoretical content is delivered by lectures and tutor-led seminars; these will be delivered fully online through Blackboard Collaborate. These methods are supported by guest lecture sessions, by required reading and by online resource supplementation, and through synchronous and asynchronous contact between/among students and tutors.

All modules are assessed 100% by course work. Both formative and summative assessment methods are used to assess knowledge and understanding of the subject, and these include essays, portfolios, practical assignments, and reports.

The course won two awards at the 2017 Education Awards, Ireland.

  • Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year award
  • Overall Award for Excellence in Education

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Library and Information Management prepare individuals for professional library and information careers.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to assure students that programmes provide an excellent preparation for professional practice.


How to apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:

£14,060.00  Scholarships available

Where the postgraduate course selected offers multiple awards (e.g. PG Cert, PG Dip, Master’s), please note that the price displayed is for the complete master’s programme. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are charged at a pro-rata basis. Find out more

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The student with the highest overall mark in the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Management each year received the Allen & Overy Trophy for Best Performance.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director

Dr Jessica Bates

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4470


Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210


International Admissions Office


For more information visit

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Education


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  • I’ve enjoyed the course so far and a lot of it has made me consider a lot of things I wouldn’t have before.
  • I like the break out rooms on Blackboard, feels more like a classroom.
  • The online discussions allowed students to compare their own perspective on the learning with students from different backgrounds.
  • The online sessions are simple and take the commute and hassle out of combining work and study. The content was very relevant and engaging.