Business information – and using it to increase profitability - is becoming an ever more essential part of running any organisation. This course will train you to design and develop information management systems and make the best use of them in the workplace – a highly sought-after skill in today's competitive market.
From revenue reports and customer data to figures used to forecast sales and analyse trends, the useful knowledge which organisations can gain from information systems is virtually limitless. Experts who can use the technology intelligently and creatively to add value to a business, combining technical ability with an understanding of an organisation's needs, are in high demand. Our course is designed to meet that demand.
Our close links with industry have allowed us to develop a highly practical course, focusing on the skills employers tell us they want. We work with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, and we are a Cisco local academy and a Xilinx university partner – meaning our students have access to the latest equipment, and our staff can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops. Our award-winning technology centre has specialist network, software, digital and wireless laboratories equipped with industry-standard software and hardware.
Our course will furnish you with the technical skills you’ll need to introduce, manage and improve information systems and knowledge management programmes within an organisation to increase its profitability. You’ll study three core modules – information systems strategy and management, information systems quality management, and regulation of electronic commerce and information technology, plus one of two optional modules: knowledge management strategies or data management for decision support. You’ll also undertake an independent project.
You’ll look at how information systems benefit an organisation, and how to assess a company’s IT needs and choose appropriate technologies and methods for setting up a system. You’ll learn to evaluate and manage information systems and strategies, including quality management and the use of models to evaluate processes and products, and assess their impact on an organisation. You’ll also learn to analyse, design, develop and build web-based applications.
You’ll cover business, management and decision-making theory, recent developments in information systems and legal, regulatory, ethical and professional issues, including consumer protection, data protection, security, regulations concerning electronic transactions, privacy, contract issues, intellectual property, copyright and trademarks. The course also looks at setting up an online business, managing an e-commerce site, consumer search behaviour, customer relationship management, business intelligence, data mining, data warehousing and decision support systems.
Finally, you’ll work on your independent computing project, which will be a piece of original research presented through a written thesis and possibly an oral exam. A series of workshops will help you develop the skills you’ll need, including your research skills. The course will also improve your logical, problem-solving and decision-making abilities and your teamwork, time management, organisational and project management skills – you’ll design and deliver projects as part of a multicultural team.
The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS should be part of an organisation's strategic planning. This module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the Internet as the medium. Data management systems are now the central software of enterprise systems and the driving force behind e-commerce. This module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. The aim of the module is to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner. This module also aims to give students the knowledge of how to use and manage information systems to bring value to the organisation.
As well as doing practical work in our laboratories, you’ll attend interactive lectures, where your teachers will introduce you to concepts and principles and demonstrate models and tools. You’ll also attend seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you’ll analyse systems, work on real-life case studies and problem-solving exercises, take part in discussions and give presentations. You’ll supplement all this with your own independent study and research.
You will be assessed through exams, your research project and other coursework, including research papers and extended abstracts, essays, reports, critical analyses of research issues, database exercises, posters, presentations and case study assignments. Some assessed work will be done in groups.
In general, between 30 and 50 per cent of your mark for each module will be based on coursework, and between 50 and 70 per cent will be assessed through an exam. You’ll receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work.
To be accepted to study on the MSc Business Information Systems Management course, we normally require graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
Non-EU international students can apply using the online form, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application. To find out more, see further information under support in your country.
Well-qualified IT professionals are in high demand - according to the European Commission, there are 700,000 unfilled IT jobs across the continent, a number predicted to increase by three per cent each year while the number of suitably qualified graduates shrinks. Your career prospects on graduating this course will be excellent, with a vast range of roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors open to you. You could also start your own business.
Recent graduates have gone on to hold positions including IT officer with the National Bank of Greece, senior technical expert with Dell International Services, and network engineer with Logic on Solutions. Potential roles include systems designer, developer or analyst, IT manager or project manager, information systems manager, business analyst, quality manager, quality assurance engineer, knowledge engineer, information systems auditor, web developer or customer support advisor.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, presentation, teamwork and project management skills, as well as your logical and problem-solving abilities, your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc Business Information Systems Management
This course is offered full time or part time. The fees below refer to the 2015/16 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Students applying for this course are eligible to apply for the David Tresman Caminer Postgraduate Scholarship in Business Computing (supported by the LEO Society & AIT Trust). This generous £5,000 postgraduate scholarship is available to one UK postgraduate student each year who has demonstrated excellent academic potential in previous study. To apply please see our scholarships information page
|Full time course fees 2015||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2015*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£53 (per taught credit) |
£27 (per dissertation credit)
|£80 (per taught credit) |
£40 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£53 (per taught credit)||£80 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£53 (per taught credit)||£80 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.