MA Library and Archive Studies / Overview
Year of entry: 2024
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- Degree awarded
- Master of Arts
- 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
- Entry requirements
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree (or its overseas equivalent) or at least one years’ experience in a research focused archive or library setting.
- How to apply
- Apply online
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- Explore emerging critical approaches in librarianship and archival practice.
- Undertake a work placement at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library or related cultural organisation in or around Manchester.
- Develop a career in the library or archiving sector.
We are pleased to be able to offer individual virtual drop-in sessions with course director Dr Benjamin Wiggins. This will be your chance to talk about the course content, teaching methods, facilities and collections, and application process. These sessions will be trialled for April 2023 - May 2023 and you can see the available times and reserve a space here: MA Library and Archive Studies Drop-In Sessions.
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our open days .
Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2023 were as follows:
UK students (per annum): £12,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,000
UK students (per annum): £6,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £13,000
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School's funding page where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
See also the University's postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.
For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.
The Manchester Master's Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.
Postgraduate 1+3 funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Dr Benjamin Wiggins is Senior Lecturer of History and Library & Archive Studies.
He is the author of Calculating Race: Racial Discrimination in Risk Assessment (2020) and History and Technology: Twenty-First Century Methods for Researching the Past (2023)—both published by Oxford University Press.Dr Benjamin Wiggins / Course Director
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