MSc Information Systems Management

IT and information systems are vital for the survival of modern organisations, but we aren’t just talking about technology. The implementation and use of information systems can significantly reshape a business’s structure and processes – it is important that managers of the future combine an understanding of these systems with a working knowledge of management practice.

Key facts

Study mode: Full time
Duration: 12 months
Next available start date: September 2020


Drawing knowledge and workplace experience from the Sheffield University Management School and the internationally renowned Information School, this programme provides the essential theory and critical skills to excel in a managerial role, as well as a comprehensive understanding of information science.

Our MSc Information Systems Management combines the latest thinking with practical skills you will use in your future employment. Students gain core skills in key management aspects, as well as knowledge on how to design, develop and implement information systems, manage information system projects and the fundamental changes they can lead to.

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and a dissertation. There is also the possibility of undertaking an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company.

IT and information systems are vital for the survival of modern organisations, but we aren’t just talking about technology. The implementation and use of information systems can significantly reshape a business’s structure and processes – it is important that managers of the future combine an understanding of these systems with a working knowledge of management practice.


Core modules

Information Systems Modelling

Led by Pamela Abbott

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual and group coursework

This module addresses the role of information modelling within the organisation and provides an appreciation of the rigorous methods that are needed to analyse, design, develop and maintain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based information systems. The module provides an introduction to a variety of information modelling techniques and methodologies, ranging from very structured (e.g. SSADM) to agile (e.g. DSDM, XP) approaches. Students will gain experience in applying a wide range of systems modelling and analysis methods, such as Rich Pictures, DFDs and Use Cases.

Information Systems in Organisations

Led by Dr Jorge Martins

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual coursework

This module aims to provide students with an integrated set of concepts and tools for understanding information systems in organisations. Students will explore organisational and management theories, concepts of information management, and issues of management information systems and examine how institutional and social contexts shape and are shaped by the implementation of information systems.

ICTs, Innovation and Change

Led by Pamela Abbott

Spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual essay and group presentation

This module aims at examining and exploring how organisations and human activity systems cope with change due to the new implementation or updating of Information Systems. This change occurs in complex social environments and has cultural, political, structural and ethical impacts that need to be carefully managed. The module will examine and explore how both managers and Information Systems practitioners can be better prepared for the unpredictability, unintended outcomes and possible harmful consequences of change caused by the introduction or update of Information Systems. Therefore, the module aims at providing an understanding of both approaches and techniques for the managing of this change and pays particular attention to the role of the Information Systems project managers and practitioners in the change management process.

Managing People in Organisations

Led by Dr Diane Burns

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination

This module aims to introduce students to key aspects of human behaviour in organisations underpinning the developments of the Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB) disciplines. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, different theories relating to dimensions of workplace human behaviour are explored. In the context of this understanding of human behaviour in organisations, core aspects of HRM/OB are introduced, using research-informed teaching to critically assess relevant models, tools and techniques. Students are encouraged to engage with current debates and provide a reflective analysis of HRM/OB today. Supporting aims of the module are to enable participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of HRM/OB issues, to develop insights into the changing role of practitioners in the context of ongoing organisational change, and to think about the issues involved in managing people in organisational contexts.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Led by Dr Mike Simpson

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination

Operations Management (OM) is concerned with the production of goods and services and it relates closely to all the other business functions, alongside the effective and efficient marshalling of the organication’s resources to meet its objectives. The concepts and techniques apply to manufacturing and service industries in both private and public sectors. OM is the only business function that generates income for the organisation and is therefore central to all commercial businesses. The subject of Operational Research (OR) is also introduced. This is a systematic and logical approach to the solution of management problems, often involving the construction and manipulation of mathematical models. It is used extensively in OM, as well as in other functional areas of an organisation as an aid in decision making.

Information Systems Project Management

Led by Dr Ziqi Zhang

Spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual and group coursework

This module aims to provide a broad understanding of the fundamentals of project management as they apply to the development of Information Systems (IS). The module uses a flexible blended learning approach combining face-to-face seminars with web-based learning material. The module will begin with an overview of the principles involved in IS project management, followed by a discussion of IS development methodologies and their different characteristics and specialisms. The core of the module will discuss the requirements for various project control activities, including estimating development resources, risk management, guidelines for system quality assurance, and various project control techniques that have been developed in recent years.

Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Led by Professor Peter Willett

Autumn and spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: 3,000-word dissertation proposal

This module provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to research techniques commonly employed in information management, information systems, information systems management and librarianship. The topics covered will provide a general introduction to the principles of research design, details of the methodological approaches that are appropriate for different types of research project, and information relevant to the preparation of a dissertation.

Strategic Management

Led by Dr Alex Wright

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Coursework

This module introduces key theories of Strategic Management and more specifically those concerned with strategy design and development, techniques and frameworks for crafting strategic options, competitive challenges of a global market environment, and implementation of strategy and change. This theoretical understanding will then be illustrated and examined by reference to the way particular companies have designed and executed their strategies. Particular attention will be devoted to introducing students to the multiple facets of strategy formulation/analysis and strategy implementation issues. Moreover, this module aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of the strategic management of business organisations. In particular, the module aims to provide a critical understanding of strategic management paradigms, strategic analysis techniques and implementation, and to encourage insight and originality of approaches in this analysis. This module is part of a selective number of teaching areas accredited by the British CIPD.


Summer semester, 45 credits

The dissertation is the culmination of your master’s study and recognition of your capability to conduct a research project independently. Students can apply to undertake an organisation based dissertation project, arranged by the Management School. Working with an organisation, students can structure their project around a real business issue of challenge set by the host organisation. A student project will develop your employability skills, enhance your CV and give you the chance to use your insight to help an organisation develop.

Optional modules (choose one)

E-Business and E-Commerce

Led by Dr Angela Lin

Spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: Business plan and peer assessment and evaluation

The module addresses both theoretical and practical aspects of e-Business and e-Commerce through an exploration of the digital economy. The module aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills to understand and manage new ways of doing business in the digital economy.

Business Intelligence

Led by Mrs Pamela McKinney

Spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual assessment

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which business people use information and of how information is used to support strategic decision-making. Students will learn how to carry out effective searches using both free and fee-based resources, and will study key issues concerning the value, cost and availability of information. The module will concentrate primarily on external information resources but also covers the ways in which information internal to an organisation can be used strategically to enhance competitive advantage. Students will learn through a combination of lectures and practical exercises, and will have opportunities to develop expertise in using business-focused electronic information services.

International Business Strategy

Led by Dr Melanie Hassett

Spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and group assignment

This module introduces key theories of international business strategy – those concerning the rationales for international expansion, the choice of foreign market entry strategy and implementation of international business strategy. This theoretical understanding will then be illustrated and examined by reference to the way particular companies in contrasting industries have developed and implemented their international strategies. Particular attention will be devoted to the role played by the international business environment and its institutions, understanding and critique of various theories of the multinational enterprise, evaluating key strategic issues facing the multinational enterprise, and exploring the inter-relationship between host government policies and multinational company strategies.

This module aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of international business strategy and provide them with the insight and depth of understanding necessary to analyse this area.

Information Systems and the Information Society

Led by Dr Pamela Abbott

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Group assignment, group review and individual essay

The module aims to develop critical understanding of the role and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and systems in society. It will seek to explore the key issues, debates and problems that arise in the context of technological change in the information society.

Information Governance and Ethics

Led by Dr Jonathan Foster

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Group work, individual report

This module investigates topics related to the governing and governance of information and data within organisational and networked contexts. Within the module, we explore the emergence of information and data as economic resources, as well as the governance challenges and ethical issues arising from organisations’ systematic capture, processing, and use of information and data for organisational goals. The module will also look at governance, ethical, legal and other frameworks relevant to the capture, processing and use of information and data within organizational and networked contexts, and technologies and techniques used in the governing and governance of information and data. Case examples from a number of domains, e.g. business, government, health, law, and social media illustrate the topics are investigated.

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.

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.

Careers and employability

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your programme.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our programmes are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically; and the conceptual understanding required to evaluate current scholarship and research techniques.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees for 2020-21 are:

GBP 12,500 for Home Students
GBP 23,750 for Overseas Students

You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.


There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for, visit the following links for more information:
Sheffield University Management School Scholarships
University of Sheffield Scholarships
International Student Scholarships
For more information about fees and funding your studies, click here.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Our MSc Information Systems Management is ideal if you want to develop your managerial understanding and skills in management, both from a generalist view and information perspective. This course is particularly suitable for IT graduates and professionals who want to progress into management, as well as business managers who want to expand their knowledge of information science to compete in today’s business environment.

You will have a 2:1 honours degree in any subject, or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.

Please note: This course is no longer accepting applications for September 2019 entry.

Staged admissions process

Applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process.

Stage For applications received by We aim to return decisions by
1 15 January 2019 15 February 2019
2 28 February 2019 31 March 2019
3 14 May 2019 15 June 2019
4 21 July 2019 15 August 2019

You can find information about the process on our staged admissions web page:

Staged admissions for postgraduate applications 

Pathway Programmes

Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.


If you have any enquiries about your suitability, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team:
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 3376