Information Systems Management MSc
About the course
Information systems are becoming ever more central to society, especially in business and industry – and this course will develop your ability to use these systems to manage the complex challenges that can confront businesses.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Explore issues relevant to information systems development in the context of modern business environments and needs.
- Express a rounded awareness of the state-of-the-art in relation to the role of information systems in the enterprise environment and the importance of strategic alignment.
- Understand the changing nature of information systems and the implications of this for the requisite dynamic balancing of the social and the technical.
- Reflect, critically, on the state-of-the art of both the practice and theory of organisational-level systems development and critically understand information systems and their role in organisational effectiveness.
Information systems managers provide a pivotal role in helping organisations get the most from the technologies they deploy. As society and technology develop, the most important skills for the future lie in the development of individuals with the ability to both understand and manage these complex and interrelated systems.
Aspects of business that were once seen in isolation – the people, organisation, process, information and technology – are now expected to operate as part of a seamless whole, both within and across enterprises. Information systems managers are responsible for delivering this seamless integration efficiency.
The jobs that require the knowledge and skills that you will learn on this course in Information Systems Management include business analysts, systems development analysts and consultants (both technical and managerial).
As part of your development on the course, you will be increasingly expected to demonstrate that you can deal with complex issues in a systematic and creative manner and demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving.
Enterprise Modelling – which cultivates your skills and knowledge related to business, conceptual and software modelling. Example topics of study include:
- different paradigms for modelling (including business services, processes and objects)
- techniques for modelling the business domain and business behaviour
- the relationship between business modelling and software modelling
- the use of the Unified Modelling Language (UML).
Systems in Context – which develops your critical understanding of information and information systems and the role that each plays in the context of the modern working environment and society. Example topics of study include:
- concepts of 'information' and 'information systems'
- information revolutions and their impact
- approaches to the implementation and use of information systems in modern working environments.
Digital Innovation – which develops your ability to capitalise on digital business opportunities. Example topics include:
- understanding and justifying change
- change management
- digital business models
- managing technology risks
- ethical issues in change.
ICTs and Strategic Change – which develops your critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in strategic approaches to information systems. Example topics of study include:
- the nature of strategic planning and its key components
- the relationship of IS/IT strategy to organisational aims and strategy
- the assumptions of traditional planning approaches to strategic ICT adoption
- state-of-the-art responses to issues and challenges.
Systems Project Management – which develops your critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in information systems project management. Example topics of study include:
- traditional project management techniques and approaches
- the relations between projects and business strategy
- the role and assumptions underpinning traditional approaches
- the ways in which the state-of-the-art can be improved.
Data Management and Business Intelligence – which focuses on business intelligence solutions in modern organisations. Example topics of study include:
- issues in data/information/knowledge management
- approaches to information integration and business analytics.
Practical aspects of the subject are examined in the context of the SAP Netweaver and Business Warehouse environment.
Business Integration – which develops your critical understanding of the issues of integrating people, process and technology systems, both within and across organisational contexts. Example topics of study include:
- the dimensions of business integration
- collaborative working and its issues
- virtual organisations
- electronic markets
- commerce policy.
Research Methods - This module looks to support students in developing and using the skills necessary to design a scholarly piece of research work to address an identified problem area within a chosen field of study. This module will introduce methods of data collection and analysis when conducting empirical research, in both private and public sector environments. Example topics include:
- questionnaire and interview design
- qualitative and quantitative analysis
This module is essential preparation for the dissertation.
In addition, you will be asked to produce a dissertation, which is an opportunity to build expertise in a more focused area that is of interest to you and which you may want to specialise in.
- The dissertation not only showcases your project management and subject specific skills to potential employers, but also serves as valuable experience and a solid building block for those wishing to pursue a PhD, on completion of their MSc.
- Your work will be individually supervised by a member of academic staff. You will be encouraged to critically examine the academic and industrial contexts of your research, identify problems and think originally when proposing potential solutions that serve to demonstrate and reflect your ideas.
Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
- 'The adoption of electronic care records in the health sector'
- 'Using social networking technologies to promote small business enterprises'
- 'The application of information technology in the electoral process'.
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and what you will learn on the course.
Our Master's students are encouraged to carry out their dissertations in collaboration with companies as a way to enhance the skills and knowledge acquired during the course. Brunel has a long-standing history of industrial partnerships with employers helping us to produce talented, versatile graduates with highly sought-after skills.
Such partnerships enable us to provide our best students with dissertation projects proposed by companies as part of the Industrial Dissertation Programme (IDP) offered by the Department of Computer Science.
IDP-based dissertations allow a select group of students to gain valuable industrial experience that is highly valued by employers of IT specialists. In addition, such collaboration gives our students the opportunity to apply state-of-the-art technology in a real-world situation and an ideal environment in which to complete their dissertation.
Dissertation projects with companies will be offered to a selected group of students after a competitive selection process.
Teaching and Assessment
Modules are typically presented in a mixture of lectures and seminar/lab format. However, where appropriate other teaching methods will also be incorporated.
All our learning environments are supported by the market leader in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), the Blackboard Learn system.
A Master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate if eligible.
Our Master's programmes aim to equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment. Each course is developed with industry in mind and has one or more industrial advisers who are involved in course development and delivery.
The types of companies that might employ graduates from the course range from the very large and multinational, to the niche SMEs. Whatever the job role and whatever the type of organisation, we aim to equip you with industry relevant skills that will enable you to flourish in your chosen profession.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/7 entry
£9,400 full-time; £4,700 part-time
£17,200 full-time; £8,600 part-time
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UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/7
A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification and motivation to develop a reflective understanding of the theory and practice of this complex and exciting subject area. A computing-related background may be advantageous to your application but is not a strict requirement.
Applicants with other qualifications and/or substantial industrial experience (that is relevant to the subject area) may be eligible to study on the course. In this case, you will be required to attend an interview and may be asked to do some preparatory work for the course.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.