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Information Systems Management MSc

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1-year full-time; 2-years part-time

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Brunel University London campus


Information systems are central to how society functions, especially in business and industry. The Information Systems Management MSc will develop your ability to use these systems to manage the complex challenges that can confront organisations today.

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 both understanding and managing 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).

By the end of the course, you will 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

Brunel has long-standing industrial partnerships with employers helping us to produce talented, versatile graduates with highly sought-after skills. Selected students may have the opportunity for a company-sponsored dissertation project.  

The types of companies that might employ graduates from the course range from the very large and multinational, to 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.

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

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. 

Compulsory modules

Enterprise Modelling 

Cultivate your skills and knowledge related to business, and conceptual and software modelling. Topics 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

Develop your critical understanding of information and information systems, and the role that each plays in the context of the modern working environment and society. Topics 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

Develop your ability to capitalise on digital business opportunities. Topics include:

  • understanding and justifying change
  • change management
  • digital business models
  • managing technology risks
  • ethical issues in change

ICTs and Strategic Change

Enhance your critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in strategic approaches to information systems. Topics 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

Develop your critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in information systems project management. Topics 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

Focus on business intelligence solutions in modern organisations. Topics 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 contemporary software platforms.

Business Integration

Understanding the issues of integrating people, process and technology systems, both within and across organisational contexts. Topics include:

  • the dimensions of business integration
  • collaborative working and its issues
  • virtual organisations
  • electronic markets
  • commerce policy

Research Methods

Provides youwith support in developing and using the necessary skills  to design a scholarly piece of research work that addresses 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. Topics include:

  • questionnaire and interview design
  • qualitative and quantitative analysis

This module is essential preparation for the dissertation.


In addition, you’ll be asked to produce a dissertation, which is an opportunity to build expertise in a more focused area 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 if you wish to pursue a PhD, on completion of your MSc.
  • Your work will be individually supervised by a member of academic staff. You’ll 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'.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Careers and your future

Your MSc in Information Systems Management from Brunel will equip you to work in leading information systems organisations.

The companies that employ our information systems graduates range from the very large and multinational, to more niche small and medium enterprises. Our graduates are employed as business analysts, systems development analysts and consultants, both technical and managerial.

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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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK 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 (relevant to the subject area) may be eligible for this 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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Modules are typically taught via lectures and seminars with some lab work. Where appropriate other teaching methods will also be incorporated. All learning is supported by the market leader in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), the Blackboard Learn system.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £10,140 full-time; £5,070 part-time

International students: £18,720 full-time; £9,360 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

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 year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.