Taught course

Information Systems (Professional Enhancement Programme)

University of Sheffield · Information School

Entry requirements

At least two years’ relevant work experience and a first degree in information systems. If you have less than two years’ work experience please contact us to discuss your work experience. If your first degree is in another subject, you’ll also need a relevant professional qualification. If you don’t have a first degree, but you have other qualifications and relevant work experience, you may be considered for the PGDip or PGCert. Please contact us for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course


The emphasis on this Professional Enhancement Programme course 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.

These courses allow you to develop your computing and information-related skills and to enhance your learning with the latest academic thinking.

You’ll acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can also help you develop leadership and management capabilities.


Our graduates work for all kinds of organisations, in the public and private sectors. Some of them are independent consultants.

Core modules

  • Information Systems Modelling
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Professional Issues
  • Dissertation (MSc only).

Optional modules

Choose from our wide range including:

  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming
  • ICTs, Innovation and Change
  • Information Systems and the Information Society
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Database Design
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Data Mining and Visualisation.

You can also choose up to three independent study modules.

Learning Environment

Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers, a 30-seat lecture room and our brand new iLab, designed for research into human–computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for staff and students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. You can connect your laptop to our wireless network.

For research, the Michael Lynch Research Computing Laboratory has networked PCs and UNIX-based workstations. We’re right in the middle of the campus and close to the Information Commons, so you’ll be able to access the University’s many resources.

Information for international students

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
Up to 12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2646