Information Systems Management MSc

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time
Programme code: MGTT61

Overview

The Information Systems Management MSc is ideal if you want to develop your managerial understanding and skills in management, both from a generalist view and an information perspective.

Why should I take this course?

Taught jointly with the triple crown accredited Management School, the course is particularly suitable for graduates and professionals who want to progress into management, as well as business managers who want to expand their knowledge of information systems to compete in today’s business environment.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you will have an in-depth understanding of key management principles alongside cutting-edge theory in information systems and a thorough knowledge of the technologies and systems which drive the modern-day workplace. You will be able to utilise these skills in managerial and professional roles, making you invaluable in the workplace.

What will I learn?

The Information Systems Management MSc provides you with practical knowledge in the field of information systems and their impact on organisational structures and processes, together with an in-depth knowledge of essential management skills. The course focuses on core skills in key areas of management, including strategy, human resources, operations and supply chain management. You will learn about how project management works alongside information technologies and information systems and their role in controlling and driving organisations forward. You can also tailor the course to your own interests, with options including e-business and e-commerce, business intelligence and international business strategy.

You will be expected to complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice by September, so the second semester includes a research methods and dissertation preparation module to help you with your research over the summer.

How will I be taught and assessed?

A variety of teaching methods are used, combining lectures from academic staff and professional practitioners with seminars, tutorials, small-group work and computer laboratory sessions. There is strong emphasis on problem-solving and individual aspects of learning, with the expectation that you will engage in independent study, reading and research in support of your coursework.

Assessments vary depending on the modules you choose but may include essays, report writing, oral presentations, in-class tests and group projects.

There is also a dissertation of 10–15,000 words, which provides the opportunity, under one-to-one supervision, to focus in depth on a topic of your choice. You may choose to carry out your dissertation with an external organisation, for instance if you are a Professional Enhancement student, your project could be directly related to your own work situation. In the past, students who have carried out such dissertations have welcomed the opportunity to tackle 'real-life' problems.

In addition, an important element of the course is the acquisition and development of the transferable skills needed in today’s workplace. These include skills in oral and written communication, developed through doing presentations and report writing as part of assessed work. Organisational and teamworking skills are developed through group work. We seek to develop your management and leadership capabilities on the course too.

Where will I study?

Our campus and how we use it

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Modules

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. 105 of these are compulsory (Core) modules, 15 are elective and 60 credits are allocated to the dissertation.

Core Modules (Modules that you have to take) Semester Credits
INF6110 Information Systems Modelling 1 15
INF6320 Information Systems in Organisations 1 15
MGT650 Managing People in Organisations 1 15
MGT6046 Operations and Supply Chain Management 1 15
INF6041 ICTs, Innovation and Change 2 15
INF6001 Information Systems Project Management 2 15
MGT6047 Strategic Management 2 15
You must also take units to the value of 15 credits from the following:
INF6003 E-Business and E-Commerce 2 15
INF6025 Information Governance and Ethics 2 15
INF6040 Business Intelligence 2 15
INF6400 Information Systems and the Information Society 2 15
MGT6052 International Business Strategy 2 15
You will also take the following:
INF6000 Dissertation Summer 45
INF6340 Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation 2 15

Entry Requirements

You will have a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree, or an approved professional qualification.

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.

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:

IELTS
Overall Score 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0

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.

Open Days

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.

Careers

Your career prospects

The Information Systems Management MSc degree prepares students for a management career while also developing skills in information systems and increasing their awareness of the important role that systems play in organisational infrastructures.

What people are saying about careers in information systems management

This degree combines practical knowledge of information systems with management skills. This makes it ideal for those who wish to progress into a management role or for individuals who want to develop their knowledge of business information systems to enhance their knowledge and career prospects.

Management consultants are often required with skills in information and information technology and our Information Systems Management MSc course provides students with skills in both areas which would support them in consultancy roles.

Who is employing graduates?

Information Systems Management graduates work for national and international organisations including:

  • ASDA
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Boots
  • Pepsico
  • Adidas
  • Columbus Global

What jobs could I do?

Graduates from the Information Systems Management MSc programme have gone on to take up a range of jobs after completing the degree. These include roles as:

  • Management Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • IS Project Assistant
  • IS Project Manager
  • IT Departmental Manager
  • Organisational Development Consultant
  • Functional Business Consultant
Course Team

This course is delivered by the 'triple crown' accredited Management School and the Information School.

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.

Course Coordinator

“My principal research interests are in the areas of information systems management, digital transformation, e-commerce, and the business applications of the Internet of Things. I have published papers and supervised student projects on the topics of: information systems implementation management, information systems adoption and post adoption management, information systems project risk management, sustainable information systems strategy, e-government infrastructure, online consumer behaviours (e.g. decision making and information search), e-commerce business models and strategies, digital marketing, and concept of smart supply chain management.

I coordinate two postgraduate modules E-business and E-Commerce and Information Systems in Organisations. E-Business and E-Commerce focuses on both concept and practice. The module has received funding from White Rose Centre for Enterprise and from Knowledge Transfer to develop the curriculum by engaging industry experts. The content is continually updated each year to ensure that the module is up to date and covers key issues in the digital economy.

Given my research background and interest I teach Information Systems in Organisations module with a particular focus on a socio-technical tradition and emphasize the importance of social organization in the management of information systems."

Angela

Dr Angela Lin

FAQ
Do I need to have any prior technical skills or subject knowledge before joining the course?

No, the course can be taken by anyone with an interest in information systems and management with any background.

Is there a good demand of graduates from this course in the job market both in the UK and internationally?

Information systems are now integrated parts of most modern organisations with any sizes and in any sectors. The management of such systems however is fraught with challenges and difficulties. As such, the demands of graduates of this course are high in the industry in both the UK and overseas countries like China and India.

Should I expect to get a managerial position upon completing this course?

This is dependent on your previous work experience. If you already had several years of relevant work experience, you will have a good chance to take up a managerial role after completing the course. Otherwise, it is more realistic for you to start your career as a Technical/Business trainee. Nonetheless, the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that you are going to learn/develop from this course will be valuable and useful for your future career.

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.