Our E-Business (Information Systems) MSc combines business strategies, leading technology, entrepreneurship and organisational behaviour. You will develop advanced business and technical skills to differentiate your career in the modern corporate world. This includes the strategic application of cloud computing, information security and other contemporary technologies.
On this course, you will study within two world-class schools at Newcastle University. Newcastle University Business School deliver the course in conjunction with the School of Computing Science, which is the number one school in the UK for research impact in society as listed by the British government.
The e-business revolution would not exist without the never-ending research, development and application of innovative information and communication technologies. For example:
- marketing managers would struggle to design promotional campaigns without business intelligence applications based on data warehouses and online analytical processing (OLAP) technologies
- buyers would not be able to order the right products, from the right suppliers or during the correct time frames without integrated enterprise resource planning systems based on service-oriented architecture (SOA)
- the procurement process would not integrate supply chain partners in real-time and in an economic way without the extensible markup language (XML) protocol.
These examples show that visionary technologists must have solid strategic, entrepreneurial and organisational knowledge in order to make things happen.
The course will support your personal development, shape your entrepreneurial mindset and enhance your employability prospects. We will prepare you to succeed in the modern e-business world.
On completion of the course you will demonstrate knowledge of:
- the business value of contemporary technologies
- your personal development as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur
- the feasibility of disruptive e-business models
- business planning and new ventures
- the link between business strategy and systems
- business processes, such as the ones involving customers and suppliers
- business intelligence systems
- organisational alignment for the attainment of e-business benefits
- the management and development of e-business systems
- Advanced computing technology such as:
- cloud computing architecture
- virtual machines
- scalable computing
- information security vulnerability and metrics
- human factors and economic drivers affecting security
- information flow management
- protocol analysis
- advanced Java programming
- distributed programming
- advanced data communications
This course is for professionals with a computing-related academic background. You should want to excel in the technical and business sides of e-business initiatives in any area of a company. This ranges from Internet operations to internal systems, technology start-ups to multi-national corporations, including product and service providers.
Your career will benefit through your enhanced computing expertise integrated with business objectives.
Our graduates progress into careers as technology consultants, IT managers, or project managers. The course is also relevant to industry analysts and product managers in the e-business sector.
Many graduates from our E-Business courses have worked for international companies, such as:
- Ernst & Young
- The Hut Group
- Travix International
- Hitachi Solutions
- BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- Lloyds Banking Group
Other graduates have used their acquired expertise to start up their own companies or develop their family business.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
You will take the following general modules (60 credits):
- NBS8321 Strategy, Management and Information Systems
- NBS8263 Competing with IT
- NBS8322 E-Business
- NBS8323 E-Commerce Start-up
- NBS8139 Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management: A Critical Exploration
You will choose a specialist module from the School of Computing Science (10 credits):
- CSC8404 Advanced Programming in Java - suitable if you are confident about your knowledge of object-oriented programming
- CSC8406 Object-Oriented Programming - suitable if you have a basic knowledge of object-oriented programming
You will take further specialist modules from the School of Computing Science (40 credits):
- CSC8004 Networks and Web Technologies
- CSC8202 Information Security and Trust
- CSC8110 Cloud Computing
Finally, you will also take research related modules from the School of Computing Science (70 credits):
- CSC8405 Research Methods for E-Business and Information Systems
- CSC8407 Dissertation
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.