Qualification level
East Anglia
Study type
1 year full time, 2 years part time
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About the course

Course content

Modern organisations need to manage huge amounts of digitised information to operate successfully, so graduates trained in systems design are highly sought after. This course teaches you both the technical aspects of systems development and the skills in business analysis that you’ll need to work in the field.

You’ll develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to analysis and design, set in the wider context of project management and modern business practices. A number of taught modules give you the chance to customise your degree to suit your particular educational background, and you’ll complete a Masters-level dissertation in a topic that really interests you.

Entry requirements

Degree Subject - Computer Science, Information Systems or a related subject.

Degree Classification - Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent).

Why take this course?

The design, development and management of large-scale computerised information systems are critical to organisations in the 21st century. Managing, analysing and understanding the huge volumes of data that these systems generate are critical to the success of many organisations.

This course focuses first, on systems development and business analysis: the technical and social issues involved in building and maintaining large systems. The second focus of the course is on business intelligence: the techniques and tools for evaluating, understanding and analysing information systems and the data they generate.

The MSc Information Systems offers you a programme of study that allows you to develop:

  • An understanding of the issues in designing and developing information systems,
  • Understanding of contemporary approaches to analysis and design,
  • Exposure to key areas of knowledge for developing, analysing and understanding systems,
  • A broad understanding of the context and success factors for successful information systems projects.

The course is a full-time, one-year taught programme that can also be taken part-time over two years.

Contact time

Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects.

Teaching and Assessment

You will take a number of taught modules covering technical and organisational aspects of the development, management and use of modern information systems. The choice of modules is made according to your academic background, experience and interests. You will also complete a dissertation on a subject in the field of information systems; this is often done in collaboration with a company or other organisation.

Recent dissertation titles include:

  • An enterprise ordering information system for a pharmaceutical supplier
  • Collaborative development of web-based information resources
  • Investigation into web accessibility and usability
  • Context and preferences for mobile computing
  • Stakeholder participation in web information systems

Career opportunities

As a graduate from this course you will be able to pursue a career in a number of fields, including software engineering, systems analysis, IT management or general management with a technical bias. You might also choose to continue your education through a PhD in order to pursue a career in industrial research or an academic career.

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