MSc Information Systems

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

Sheffield is a world-leader in the field of information systems. Our research in areas such as health informatics, e-business, digital technology and social media influences the way businesses, governments and individuals interact.

Our masters courses develop well-rounded professionals. We can bring you up to speed with the latest technology and management techniques. But we're also deeply concerned with the social, ethical and moral implications of the data revolution.

About the course

This CILIP-accredited course includes modules in the Department of Computer Science. You can choose to specialise in systems or the advanced computing that powers them.

Topics include information systems modelling, project management and the impact of information systems on society. You will also learn practical computing skills such as programming and security.

Modules are taught by world-leading researchers, experts in database systems, information retrieval, extraction and speech recognition. We also invite guest lecturers from industry to share their experiences with you.

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

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Key facts

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 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

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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.


Graduates work in the public and private sectors. Some of them are independent consultants.

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.

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

T: +44 (0)114 222 2660