2020 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Information Systems

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

Information Systems 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.
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Course description

This CILIP-accredited course will prepare you for a career in the private or the public sector. It includes specialist modules from the Department of Computer Science so you can specialise in either a technical computing route or an organisational and information-focused route.

You’ll acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can help develop your skills as an information systems leader.

If you have little or no relevant work experience, the standard course is for you. If you’re more experienced, you should take the Professional Enhancement Programme.

Professional Enhancement Programme

The Professional Enhancement Programme is designed for experienced professionals. The emphasis is on helping you re-evaluate the way you work in the context of new and emerging ideas.

As an experienced professional, you’ll take fewer core modules than students who are starting from scratch. This leaves you free to choose more optional modules, so you can focus on what’s most relevant to you in your job.

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This course is accredited by CILIP


Core modules

  • Foundations of Object Oriented Programming or Introduction to Programming (students must choose one of these two as this decides their pathway through the programme)
  • Professional Issues
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Information Systems Modelling
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Information Systems and the Information Society
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules including:

  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Web Technologies
  • User Interface Design and Human Computer Interaction
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Researching Social Media
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Database Design
  • ICTs, Innovation and Change


You can expect a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory classes, group work, online discussion, case studies and lectures by visiting speakers.


You'll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects, in-class tests, presentations, posters, group work and a research-based dissertation.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a 2:1 in any subject. Relevant work experience is an advantage but we’ll give consideration to candidates without experience.

If you don’t have a first degree, but you have other qualifications and relevant work experience, you may be able to take the PGDip or PGCert.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.