MSc Information Systems

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  • Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 1 year full-time/2-3 years part-time

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a 2.2 in any subject. Relevant work experience is an advantage, but we’ll give equal consideration to candidates without experience.

English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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About the course

You'll develop practical and theoretical knowledge of the operations behind information systems and learn how to apply it effectively within an organisational context. Jointly run with the Department of Computer Science, this course lets you specialise in either organisational and informational issues, or in more advanced computational issues.

This CILIP-accredited course will prepare you for a career in organisations of all kinds. If you have little or no relevant work experience, this Professional Preparation Programme is for you. If you're more experienced, you should take the
Professional Enhancement Programme.

Core modules

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

Optional modules

  • Network and Internetwork Architectures
  • Computer Architectures
  • Java and UML for Programmers
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries
  • Software Analysis and Design
  • HCI and Graphical Interfaces
  • Network Architectures
  • Java E-Commerce


(May differ for distance learning option)

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers
  • Visits to library and information service organisations


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

Your career

Every organisation needs people with these specialist skills. So a postgraduate qualification from the UK’s top information science department makes you highly employable.

Our graduates work for all kinds of organisations, in the public and private sectors. Some of them are independent consultants. In the information age, good information management is at the top of everyone’s agenda.

If you’re already an experienced professional, you can develop new skills and advance your career with one of our Professional Enhancement Programmes.

Your subject

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems. The world needs graduates who are information literate.

Learning environment

We make sure you have all the tools you’ll need. Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers, a 30-seat lecture room and our brand new iLab, designed for research into human-computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for staff and students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. You can connect your laptop to our wireless network.

For research, the Michael Lynch Research Computing Laboratory has networked PCs and UNIX-based workstations. We’re right in the middle of things, next to St George’s Library and close to the Information Commons, so you’ll easily be able to access the University’s many resources.

Apply now

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form