MSc Information Systems

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the UK’s leading centre for information, data and knowledge management research and teaching. Our forward-thinking courses are fully accredited by CILIP and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required by employers.

I chose to study at the Information School because of its academic reputation and because it allowed me to specialise in the topics of interest that will help me in my career. The facilities are excellent and the lecturers are very experienced and committed. There are also many different opportunities provided by the School and University to enhance your knowledge.

Itzelle Medina, MA Librarianship

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This CILIP-accredited course focuses on the theoretical and practical skills you need for a career in information management.

The aim is to make you into the kind of person employers are looking for: information literate with the technical know-how to develop, design and manage information systems.

You will acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can help develop your skills as an information leader.

The course is research-led, which means that you'll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field.

Alongside the theory and technical skills, you'll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

If you're an experienced professional, you could consider taking the MA/PGDip/PGCert (Professional Enhancement Programme) Information Management.

Information School postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Optional modules

These include:

  • Designing Usable Websites
  • Information Systems Modelling
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Information Literacy Research
  • Content Management Systems

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Small projects
  • In-class tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Group work
  • Research-based dissertation

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a good 2:2 in any subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This CILIP-accredited course will prepare you for a career in the private or the public sector. It’s run in partnership with the Department of Computer Science so you can specialise in either a technical computing route or an organisational and information-focused route.

You’ll acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can help develop your skills as an information systems leader.

If you have little or no relevant work experience, this course is for you. If you’re more experienced, you should take the Professional Enhancement Programme.

Information School postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming
  • Professional Issues
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Information Systems Modelling
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Information Systems and the Information Society
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Including:

  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Web Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Content Management Systems
  • Information Systems Change Management
  • Researching Social Media
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Database Design
  • Human Computer Information Interaction

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a 2:2 in any subject. Relevant work experience is an advantage but we’ll give consideration to candidates without experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Professor Paul Clough

What excites me are the commercial and academic challenges in providing effective search tools. I work with people at Google and Microsoft who do some really amazing and interesting things and I bring that into my teaching and research.

Professor Paul Clough

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: ispgt@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2660/2630

 The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.