Manchester Metropolitan University
Library and Information Management PgDip
Manchester Metropolitan University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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. If you are studying the PgDip you will not be required to complete a dissertation.

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.

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 course 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), and this research feeds into our teaching throughout the course.

  • Units for industry - you will have the opportunity to study our specialist option unit, ‘Introduction to Health Librarianship’, which was devised in conjunction with the NHS Library and Knowledge Services North to address a specific industry need for more library and information professionals in this sector.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 5.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Library and Information Management, PgDip, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

You will normally have a second class honours degree or above (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.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is a publicly funded institution, founded in 1970 in the city of Manchester. Located in the heart of the city, students can take full advantage of being less than a ten minute walk away from the City Centre. Academically, the university offers all of the more common Liberal Arts programmes, but also some less frequently seen subjects such as Criminology and Sociology. Graduate students can expect to enjoy the privacy and quiet of the university’s seventh floor, which is entirely dedicated to post-graduate and PhD studies.

Student composition of Manchester Metropolitan University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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