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.
Why study MSc Business Information Systems Management at Middlesex?
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 strong research culture helps our courses to stay innovative. Our research teams work on projects with leading companies in the UK and overseas, and the university is home to research centres including the Human Interactive Systems Laboratory, which explores the design of interactive technologies for education, training and medical use. We encourage our students to publish the research they carry out and many have gone on to present their work at conferences.
- Our course is accredited by the British Computer Society for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. This means that on graduation, you’ll have fulfilled the academic requirement for achieving chartered status, though you’ll need to complete further professional development. Our students are very much involved with the BCS and often attend seminars and other events - some have even sat on the society’s Quality Specialist Group committee.
- Guest lectures from software engineers and managers give students an insight into how information systems are used in industry. In the past we’ve had speakers from Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic and General Electric.
- Our Information Systems Quality Management module gives our course a unique slant – no other institution offers a similar module.
- You can start your studies in either September or January.
- Year 1
- Data Management for Decision Support (30 Credits) - Optional
- Data management systems are now the central software of most industrial data processing applications and the driving force behind Business Information Technology and E-Commerce. This module covers the concepts and theories of managing industrial data such as implementation of large volume data storage, preserving data quality, data preparation for dimensional modelling. The module also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, i.e., data cleansing, data segmentation and data transformation, to discover knowledge from data warehouse. This module presents state of the art technologies that support decision-making and provide problem solving capabilities to managers in industry. The module is designed to give an introduction into the theory of decision-making and management and some of the most widely used contemporary methods enabling modern decision support systems. In particular, the module explores theories in the domain of management decision making, for example, linear models, utility and decision-making under uncertainty. The module provides students with an opportunity to examine how data management techniques can be applied in business information systems to enhance the decision making power of managers. The module also equips students with sufficient understanding of the current theory of decision making and its applications that address modern and future business needs.
- Information Systems Quality Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module is at the heart of Software Engineering Quality Management and aims to impart the knowledge and skills for the Engineering, monitoring, and improving information systems. Engineering good quality software products benefits from a controlled and managed development process. Managing the complexity of organisations and the complexity and proliferation of information systems and their many failures demand specialised knowledge and skills. In particular, quality assurance engineers, project and systems managers and auditors need the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess both the software process and software artefacts in order to provide guidance and leadership for their improvement. The quality manager also needs to have the knowledge and skills for evaluation and selection of appropriate process models, methods, tools and human resources.
- Knowledge Management Strategies (30 Credits) - Optional
- To maintain competitive advantage in the knowledge economy, organisations need a knowledge management strategy. The aim of this module is to enable participants to draw upon the latest theory and practice in knowledge management to be able to assist organisations in developing knowledge management systems that nurture and exploit business, social and technological aspects of the organization.
- Postgraduate Computing Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory
- To give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake work that is independent - shaped largely by one s own decisions and preferences; complete - accomplished from conception to delivery, via all stages in between; technically competent - employing techniques and exploiting knowledge gained during earlier parts of the programme; professionally and ethically compliant; supervised - working under the guidance but not instruction of a member of academic staff; academically sound - taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in the chosen specialist area.
- Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module focuses on the regulation of electronic commerce activities and associated technologies. It gives students an understanding of regulatory frameworks for electronic technologies and the underlying legal principles which govern electronic commerce. The module critically examines the role of regulation in the commercial context of electronic transactions and how such regulation applies to these transactions. Legal and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, conducting business online, privacy, jurisdiction are among topics covered. In addition to the above, the module covers regulation in the broader context of professional and ethical issues relevant to the use of information technology
- Web-based Information Systems Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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. The 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. The module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. This module aims to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner. This module aims to give students the knowledge how to use and manage information systems to bring value to the organisation.
What you will study
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.
Teaching and learning
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.
Standard entry requirements
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.
International entry requirements
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.
English language 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 are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).
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.
How to Apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the University using our online postgraduate application form.
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.
How can our MSc in Business Information Systems Management support your career?
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.
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MSc Business Informations Systems Management
This course is offered full time or part time.
|Full time course fees 2014||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2014*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£50 per taught credit + £25 per dissertation credit (£7,500 in total)||£74 per taught credit + £37 per dissertation credit (£11,000 in total)|
*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.