MSc in Information Technology with Management

General

Program Description

The MSc in Information Technology with Management provides students from disciplines other than business and management with the knowledge and the analytical and critical skills needed to manage the information and communication technologies that underpin all successful business practice.

The MSc in Information Technology with Management is a one-year taught programme run jointly by the School of Computer Science and the School of Management. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.

Highlights

  • This course is an interdisciplinary programme combining the skills and experience of leading academics from the School of Management and the School of Computer Science.
  • The programme teaches modern information and communication technologies and management techniques to prepare students for a career in IT management and other related areas.
  • Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
  • Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: three compulsory and five optional from a wide range available.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations.

Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students in Computer Science modules, and from 40 to 60 students in Management modules.

All students will be required to complete a Post Entry Language Assessment (PELA) on arrival at the University of St Andrews. Based on their performance in this assessment, students will be advised to attend targeted support sessions during the year to improve language and academic skills. This assessment is required, but will not count towards the final degree classification.

You will also be assigned an advisor who meets with you at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.

Modules

Students choose up to seven of the following optional modules.

Compulsory

Students choose two or three compulsory modules from the following:

  • Corporate Finance and Accounting: introduces students to the basic principles and practices of accounting and corporate finance.
  • Managing Human Resources: covers both the strategic and operational requirements necessary to secure, develop, reward and retain employees.
  • Marketing: Principles and Practice: introduces students to the nature and scope of marketing and its role in society.
  • Strategic Management: develops students' knowledge and understanding of the strategy process and organisational responses to the rapidly changing global economy.

Optional

If students only take two compulsory modules from the compulsory Management modules, they may take one further optional Management module. Students also choose optional modules from a range available in Computer Science.

Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited.

Computer Science optional modules

The following modules are optional for Computer Science programmes. Not all combinations of modules will be available for all programmes, and some modules are subject to pre-requisites being satisfied. Please consult the relevant programme requirements for available options.

  • Advanced Topics in Computer Communication Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence in Practice
  • Artificial Intelligence Principles
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Security
  • Concurrency and Multi-Cor Architectures
  • Constraint Programming
  • Critical Systems Engineering
  • Database Management Systems
  • Data-Intensive Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Green Information Technology
  • Human-Computer Interaction Principles and Methods
  • Information Security Management
  • Information Technology Projects
  • Information Visualisation
  • Interactive Software and Hardware
  • Knowledge Discovery and Datamining
  • Language and Computation
  • Masters Programming Projects
  • Practice in Computer Communication Systems
  • Principles of Computer Communication Systems
  • Programming Language Design and Implementation
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Engineering Practice
  • Software Engineering Principles
  • User-Centred Interaction Design
  • Video Games
  • Web Technologies

Management optional modules

  • Alternative Investment
  • Creative Marketing Communications
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
  • Ethics, Organisations and Management
  • Financial Systems
  • International Financial Management
  • International Marketing
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Managing Natural Resources
  • Managing Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Managing People in Global Markets
  • Marketing and Society
  • Risk Management
  • Scenario Thinking and Strategy

Dissertation

During the second semester, students work with staff to define and agree upon a topic for the extended project, which they will work on during the final three months of the course, and which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation. Dissertation projects may be group-based or completed individually (students are assessed individually in either case).

The dissertation typically comprises:

  • a review of related work.
  • the extension of existing or the development of new ideas.
  • the development of a software system or skilled use of one or more applications.
  • a critical analysis and evaluation of the project outputs.

Students are required to give a presentation of their work in addition to the written dissertation.

Each project is supervised by one or two members of staff in the School of Computer Science, typically through regular meetings and review of software and dissertation drafts.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.

Careers

Alumni of Computer Science MSc programmes have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including:

  • Amadeus
  • Amazon
  • Atlas
  • Avaloq
  • Barclays Capital
  • BP
  • BT Openreach
  • Capricorn Ventis
  • FactSet
  • Hailo
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • Microsoft
  • OpenBet
  • Rockstar
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Sky
  • Skyscanner
  • Symantec
  • TriSystems

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in a subject other than Business or Management. Students with a background in Business, Management or related subjects are advised to consider the Information Technology (MSc), the International Business (MLitt) or the Marketing (MLitt) programmes.
  • If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • English language proficiency
    For direct entry to a Masters in Computer Science, you will require an overall score in IELTS (Academic) of 7.0, with a minimum subscore of 6.0 or the equivalent. For alternative forms of evidence, see English language tests and qualifications. If your IELTS score is 6.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5, we offer combined degrees in Computer Science with the English Language, an 18-month option for those who would like to start a Masters degree while continuing to consolidate their ability to use English effectively in academic contexts.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
  • Personal statement (optional).
  • Two original signed academic references.
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates. Please only provide certified copies with official English translations if applicable. Do not send original documents as they cannot be returned.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount

The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

For women pursuing a business or business-related degree.

Last updated October 2019

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