Information Systems MSc
Start date: September
This course is also available as a Professional Enhancement course - see bottom of 'Overview' page.
The Information Systems MSc is aimed at graduates from any discipline who wish to develop and enhance their knowledge and technical skills in information systems and their effective use. You will learn how to design and implement information systems and effective project management techniques alongside practical computing skills including computer programming.
The full-time Information Systems MSc is a 12 month programme, running from September to September. Teaching consists of two 15-week semesters, from late September to the following June. You will then write your dissertation and finish in mid-September.
Students studying part time will complete their course over two years.
Modules have a value of credits: 180 credits are required for graduation. 90 of these are compulsory (Core) modules, 30 are elective and 60 credits are allocated to the dissertation.
You are normally expected to have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent, in any subject discipline.
We encourage you to apply if you want to pursue a career in this field but have little (up to one year) or no previous relevant work experience.
If you do not have an undergraduate degree but have other qualifications and substantial relevant work experience you may be considered for entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma programmes.
English Language Entry Requirements
If your first language is not English you need to provide documentary evidence of English Language competence. You must meet the following minimum requirements:
Details of other qualifications recognised by the University of Sheffield can be found on the English language requirements webpage. You can also compare grades for English language assessments on the English Language Teaching Centre website.
If your application is successful you may need to attend an English Language class in the University before or during the course.
Staged admissions process
Applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process.
In some cases, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we may need more time to assess your application. If this is the case, we will assess your application in the next stage. We will let you know if we intend to do this.
Study places are offered subject to availability. Given the popularity of these courses, places may not be available if you apply later in the cycle.
If we offer you a place, we will ask you to accept the offer and pay a tuition fee deposit (relevant International students only). If you do not accept the offer and pay the deposit within four weeks of the date of the offer letter, we may withdraw our offer.
You can find information about the process on our staged admissions web page:
If your application is successful we will invite you to attend an Open Day at the School. We hold these several times a year, and will inform you of possible dates when we contact you. Attendance at an open day is optional but will give you the opportunity to see our facilities and to meet the academic staff and current students.
There is currently no closing date for applications for the coming academic year, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Your career prospects
The Information Systems MSc degree equips graduates with a broad skillset which can be applied to both information and IT or computing career paths. Students will develop strong foundations in the technical issues behind modern information usage and information systems and in project management. This can be directly applied to industry after graduation.
What people are saying about careers in Information Systems
Effective implementation and use of information systems is crucial to the success of organisations today. This means that there is a demand for information professionals who have the skills and knowledge to manage information systems and their integration into organisations.
Organisations need professionals who can create and manage systems that ensure information can be easily retrieved and used when it is needed. Information systems professionals are also crucial in change management activities during organisation restructures. Computer and analytical skills are essential for careers in this area. Our Information Systems MSc will give equip you for roles that need these skills as students are also taught within the Department of Computer Science during their degree.
Who is employing graduates?
Recent graduates work for national and international organisations including:
What jobs could I do?
Information Systems MSc graduates are able to enter a variety of career paths, and have progressed into roles including:
This course is delivered by the Information School with the Department of Computer Science.
The course tutors in the department are all research active, and many have a professional background, so have first-hand experience. We also invite guest lecturers who are leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, so you will have a chance to talk with professionals about real-life problems and solutions, as well as making contacts to build your professional network.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.