Information Systems is concerned with software (and to a lesser extent hardware) that gathers, stores, processes and manages data and communications within an organisation and is at the heart of any large-scale enterprise. The key areas of study are databases, object-oriented programming, systems analysis, networks, digital media systems and information systems management and strategy. The course is designed to enable a career change to Information Systems or update and broaden knowledge and skills if you are already working in the field.
A third of your MSc will consist of a solo Information Systems project with individual supervision normally in a non-technical area. This is supported by a series of seminars/workshops, but the emphasis is on student-centred learning and recognises expectations about student autonomy, typical of postgraduate level and also is part of the strategy to enhance your employability through the development of confidence, self-awareness and self-sufficiency. Switching between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing is possible as you specialise.
Features and benefits of the course
- The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
- Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- Our online virtual learning platform Moodle provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
- The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
- We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
- We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.
Supported by a dedicated team of technical staff, the School of Computing, Maths and Digital Technology has excellent computing facilities including specialist Mac and PC laboratories with industry standard software and a state-of-the-art computer usability lab. Research in the school was rated highly in the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF), with some of our research rated as world-leading.
Students successfully completing this Masters course will be able to:
- Develop computer programs using object-oriented development techniques.
- Use object-oriented techniques for systems analysis and design.
- Have an understanding of database technology and its exploitation.
- Understand the underlying technical concepts of network technology, internet and multimedia technology or the delivery of applications.
- Understand concepts and be able to apply appropriate techniques across a small number of specialist computing subjects.
- Carry out a research-informed practical project involving system construction or experimental work.
A range of optional specialist units adds to this versatile Information Systems qualification. Units may vary from year to year, reflecting the rapidly-changing IT industry. The project is non-technical.
Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary. Especially useful in the case of missed classes, the online virtual learning environment using Moodle provides extensive access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
- Object Oriented and Web Programming
- Information and Digital Media Systems
- Information Systems Management and Strategy
- MSc Information Systems Project
- Enterprise Programming
- Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
- Data Management and Machine Learning
- Emerging Technologies for Enterprise
Open to non-computing graduates with at least a second-class honours degree or to those with a good sub-degree qualification in computing and substantial relevant work experience in computing.