Department profile

Information School

University of Sheffield
2016/17 edition

About Information School

About the Information School

The Information School at the University of Sheffield is the leading school of its kind in the UK. We are proud of our international reputation for the high quality of our teaching and research, and we attract students from right across the world to study with us.

We are the only school in our area to have achieved the highest possible grade in all of the national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) assessments since they began in 1989, which means that we have been the UK’s leading library and information management department for over 20 years.

In 2009 we were invited to join the international iSchools group, making us the first in the UK to join this prestigious organisation. In 2012 we scored 97 out of 100 in the Times Good University Guide, and 99 out of 100 in the Complete University Guide. We are continually ranked in the top two by these leading UK independent university guides.

Our track record of innovation in learning and teaching is strong, and teaching is delivered by academic staff who also conduct cutting-edge research. We teach the latest ideas in the field and our students benefit from the experience of academic staff who have professional and management backgrounds as well as guest lecturers from industry.

Our Courses

Whether you are starting out in your career in information or looking to enhance your existing skills for progression, we have a Masters course for you. We offer the following programmes for recent graduates:

  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc Digital Library Management
  • MSc Health Informatics (distance learning)
  • MSc Information Management
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MSc Information Systems Management (run jointly with the Management School)
  • MA Librarianship
  • ​MA Library and Information Services Management (distance learning)
  • MA Multilingual Information Management (run jointly with the School of Languages and Cultures)

If you are already working in the information profession, you may be interested in our professional enhancement courses:

  • MSc Information Management
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MA Librarianship

Our MSc courses in Digital Library Management, Health Informatics, Information Management and Information Systems and our MA Librarianship course are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information professionals (CILIP).

Future career prospects:

Our courses will empower you to improve the way things work by better understanding and managing the modern world’s most valuable resource: information. Studying with us will equip you for a career in this growing field.

Employers across all sectors need people with the specialist skills to analyse and use information to give their organisations a competitive edge. In our complex, fast-paced and increasingly digital world, there is a greater demand for information specialists.

Our courses open doors to a wide range of rewarding careers. Our graduates have gone on to diverse careers which include roles in business information management, librarianship, systems engineering and e-strategy development and many others. They work internationally and for leading organisations including the BBC, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NSPCC, IBM and Stanford University.

“the varied nature of the course, with both traditional and non-traditional librarianship skills, was an excellent preparation for my working life.”

Gemma Hughes, KM Resources Officer DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary UK LLP (international law firm)

English Language Support

All applicants whose first language is not English will need to meet a certain level of English language competence. Successful candidates may be required to attend an English language class in the University before or during their course.

The English language entry requirements for each course are detailed on our website. Typically we expect candidates to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 for listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Facilities

At the Information School you will benefit from our six-figure investment into leading-edge, technology rich learning and teaching. Our laboratories, lecture rooms and seminar spaces are state-of-the-art and as a student here you will also benefit from two of our newest facilities:

  • The iLab – a three room suite designed for studying how people interact with information resources such as Facebook, Twitter and the internet
  • The iSpace – an open plan, social learning area with display facilities, open access PCs and comfortable seating

Our students also have access to the full range of University services and facilities. These include the Information Commons which is open 24 hours a day and combines study spaces, IT resources, library facilities and a coffee bar.

The University’s Student Services team are also on hand to support students with advice about money, accommodation and exams, and you can also get help with career development, health and childcare.

Fees, Funding and Costs

Sheffield is a fantastic city to live in, and is one of the cheapest places to live as a student.

Full details of our tuition fees and of University scholarships can be found on our website.


The Information School is located right in the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city campus. We are close to bus and tram stops, and a short walk away from the city centre and its shops, bars and restaurants.

Sheffield has an excellent reputation for safety and is also a very friendly city.


Our student accommodation was named Best Student Housing at the 2012 College and University Business Officers awards. The University reserves some accommodation specifically for postgraduates in self-catering apartments in the student villages or city centre. There is also a private sector accommodation bureau run by the University with approved landlords and properties. More information is available on our accommodation website.


Sheffield is a vibrant cultural city and there is something for everyone. From theatres, cinemas and art galleries, to shops, restaurants and live sports action, you will never be far away from the attractions the city has to offer. And with Derbyshire on the doorstep, you can combine living in a city with the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park.

How to apply

You can apply using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. Our courses start in September so please ensure your application reaches us as soon as possible before.

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