Master of Science (MSc) Information & Library Management (LAI accredited)

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  • Career Opportunities
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The programme is designed for graduates of all disciplines wishing to pursue a career in Information and Library Management on a professional level. The programme also enables existing library personnel to obtain a professional library qualification for promotional purposes.

The MSc in Information and Library Management provides learners with the applied professional knowledge and competencies required of a manager within the information and library sector.  

A key feature of the programme is the Personal and Professional Development module which allows the learner to enhance their employability through the development of key transferable skills.

Key features include:

• The programme is recognised by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI).

• The programme provides learners with a rigorous academic foundation in and a systematic understanding of the principles, theory and application of information and library management incorporating a contemporary skill set central to the profession.

• The learner will acquire strong analytical skills that will allow them to identify and critically evaluate technological, political, social, regulatory and economic changes affecting the information and library environment.

• The programme enables learners to attain the ability to solve practical and complex problems within a variety of information and library environments.

• The programme facilitates the acquisition of transferable skills such as leadership, advocacy, communication and IT skills through the Personal and Professional Development module.

• A 3 week work placement in a library and or information management setting. For part-time students this can be facilitated around any work commitments an individual may have. If an individual has prior work experience in any of the above they are exempt from placement.  

• The programme focuses on employability via a Personal and Professional development module and an annual Careers Expo

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

• A minimum Second Class Honours Degree (2.2) in a Level 8 award in any discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification.

• An IELTS score of a minimum 6.5 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.

Course Content

The MSc  in Information & Library Management will have the following modules in stages 1 & 2.

Year 1

Year 2

Core Modules

Information Organisation

Information Technologies

The Teaching Librarian

Records Management and Information Rights

Personal and Professional Development

Research Methods

Network Resource Management

Information Architecture

Management for Information and Library Professionals

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Assessment on the programme comprises individual and group assessment as well as examinations. Assessments are designed to give students knowledge and competencies that can be transferred to real world employment settings. DBS Library also facilitates students wishing to carry out a project in a working library environment.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

As part of Dublin Business School’s commitment to lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD), a selection of modules from the MSc in Information and Library Management are available to professionally qualified librarians (Graduate/Higher Diploma or Masters) for CPD purposes. The benefits of CPD training are numerous for both the individual and the organisation
and include:

• Participation in lifelong learning and opportunity to improve professional competence.

• The opportunity to upskill in new aspects of librarianship such as open source, cloud computing, information architecture, XML, metadata, Dublin Core, new management practices etc.

• Supporting Associate Membership of the LAI; performance appraisals; applications for promotion internally or for new posts

• Helping organisations to develop their employees so that they fulfil
the requirements of changing roles.

These modules include:

Information Technologies
The Teaching Librarian
Records Management and Information Rights
Information Organisation
Network Resource Management
Information Architecture
Management for Information and Library Professionals
Personal and Professional Development 

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The programme will be structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits.

The programme is taught by a combination of experienced academic staff and senior industry practitioners. Work experience placements are coordinated by an Employer Liaison Officer from DBS Careers Department. Placements secured in the previous articulation of the programme include the libraries of the Irish Film Institute, National College of Ireland, Arthur Cox Solicitors, Dublin Dental Hospital, NUI Maynooth, RTÉ and the Irish Hospice Foundation. 


For full-time students, the taught component consists of 10 modules delivered over one academic year, comprising 2 semesters. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move on to the dissertation stage. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over 4 taught semesters. During each semester, students will normally attend lectures on two evenings per week. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme can progress to roles as library managers, systems librarians, reader services managers, collection development managers, institutional repository managers and teaching librarians in a variety of public settings: medical, legal, public, etc. Graduates are also qualified for information management roles in the corporate sector such as records management and in creation, management and promotion of digital content.

Graduates of the MSc in Information and Library Management at DBS have gone onto secure positions in a range of libraries and information services including Trinity College Dublin, An Bord Pleanála, Dublin Dental Hospital and National College of Ireland. 

In a recent survey conducted by DBS Careers Department, wider IT and business companies said that they would be interested in recruiting graduates of this programme due to the IT and management of the programme. 


The course fees for the next academic year are €8,700 full-time and €5,390 per annum part-time for EU students. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations 

Click here to view international fees. 

Click here for a full list of DBS Postgraduate fees. You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Science (MSc) Information & Library Management. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

  • Academic/Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business 

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 

  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic documents   

  • Academic transcripts  

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  

  • A Curriculum Vitae  

  • References from your employer/school/college  

  • A statement of purpose 

  • A copy of your passport 

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: 
MSc in Information & Library Management
Award Type:
Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years

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