Business Systems Analysis and Design MSc

City University London
Course summary
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Business Systems Analysis and Design MSc

Business Systems Analysis and Design MSc - a City University degree programme

The MSc course produces hybrid IT/business professionals who understand the role that IT systems play in supporting organisations and management and can ensure that IT systems function properly.

After graduating from this course, professionals with specialist skills in analysis and design, systems engineering and data modelling will be capable of helping organisations work with ERP solutions. The course emphasises on practical capabilities development and is an excellent method for PhD preparation.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four test components)

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Citizens from states other than Europe/Switzerland are may need to go for entry or visa applications

The way to apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: Those requiring a Tier 4 student visa for studying in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Business Systems Analysis and Design is suitable for applicants from any academic discipline, as the IT industry is not simply interested in technical skills, as it is primarily project-based and people-centred. There is a very significant demand for graduates with the hybrid skills needed in business systems analysis and design, which is not simply about technical skills, as it is largely project-based and people-centred. The Department has an excellent track record in producing highly employable graduates for all these sectors. However, as the computing industry evolves, employers are becoming much more selective about the particular skills required from graduates, and the institutions from which they have obtained their qualifications. With European competitors taking a master's degree as a basic graduate qualification, the standard UK bachelor's degree is no longer adequate. Mobility, professional equivalence and long-term job security in an open European job market demands a master's degree.

Recent graduates are employed in consultancy companies, software houses, major software users such as banks, the public services, telecommunications, multinational manufacturers, and large retailers. The programme helps students build a strong network with their peers, and cohorts keep in touch through informal events such as dinners, as well as maintaining the network as part of their career development.

Training Course Content

Practical work is emphasised throughout to develop understanding and skills which are strengthened by the interactive teamwork approach. The course has an excellent track record in producing employable hybrid IT/business professionals.

The Course Develops:

  • Skills in business awareness, design and consultancy to facilitate the alignment of IT systems and services to business objectives
  • The specialist understanding of theoretical principles in business systems analysis and design
  • Technical skills, through practical laboratory work, to enable students to apply their knowledge of IT and how it affects business competitiveness MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design

5 Core Module(s):

Business Engineering with ERP Solutions

  • Understand the critical issues when re-engineering businesses using large off-the-shelf products
  • Discuss the most common types of packaged enterprise information systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Business process management
  • Business process re-engineering.

Business Intelligence & Analytics

  • Focus on information-intensive approaches to decision-making
  • Examine how analytical techniques and effective visualization can transform business data into actionable insights and intelligence
  • Work with data and transform them to answer business questions, and to discover, understand and improve business processes
  • Understand and make use of the internationally recognised expertise in the Department of Computer Science.

Practical Business Systems Consultancy

  • Knowledge on how to select the most appropriate analysis and design approach for particular business scenarios, with critical awareness of the range of available options
  • Consultancy skills practice in TV studio role-playing
  • Identify and review teamwork analysis of case studies to provide fast-track development for your understanding of both theoretical and practical issues.

Project Management

  • Take an active part in the development of an Information Systems (IS) project, as IT practitioner, business or systems analyst or project development specialist
  • Understand the roles and skills needed at each stage of the project development process
  • Identify decisions to be made and their consequences with a focus on both theoretical and practical issues.

Research Methods and Professional Issues

  • Demonstrate knowledge on how to communicate appropriately and perform research in a rational and accountable manner
  • Understand the frameworks within which we communicate and gain knowledge of their legal and ethical dimensions, the particular skills and techniques that make that possible and the range of professional issues
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of research methods, practical skills in carrying out research, design, evaluation and dissemination, and an awareness of the professional contexts within which research is used.

Choose from 2 out of 3 electives in term 1 from the following:

Requirements Engineering (this module is not available to part-time evening students)

  • Understand how establishing the complete and correct requirements for a computer system remains one of the most problematic areas of software development
  • Develop knowledge on leading-edge requirements thinking, practice and software tools using City's world-leading research expertise and best practice solutions.

Systems Specification

  • Understand how systems specification is a key activity building on requirements and feeding into system design
  • Understand the specification process and its problems
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of basic parts of UML as a specification language.

Practices and Theories in Interaction Design

  • Identify that usability is critical to the success of interactive software systems and is achieved through user-centred interaction design and evaluation
  • Introduce key concepts of the underpinning discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Develop techniques for effective and engaging interaction design that will be widely applied in commercial settings and are relevant to other software engineering methods.

Choose from 1 out of 2 electives in term 2 from the following:


  • Introduction to a career as an information professional that involves the use and development of databases in personal and organisational contexts
  • Combining conceptual knowledge of database modelling with practical skills and experience of using relational databases
  • Use relational databases throughout to gain skills in and experience of the SQL Data Definition Language in order to implement their databases and ensuring database consistency and integrity
  • Undertake SQL Data Manipulation Language to develop working SQL queries that address a range of information needs.

    The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the research project will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment.

    The course is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months; - two evenings a week).

    The Department is aware that this involves considerable commitment from part-time students, and endeavours to be flexible in resolving problems arising from combining work and study.

    Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

  • UK/EU applicants - Computer Science Scholarships of £2,000
  • City University London Graduate Loyalty Discount
  • International Student Scholarships of £2,000
  • Other scholarships, bursaries and prizes.


We provide a comprehensive list of other funding sources, such as Career Development Loans, Research Council Studentships, Access to Learning Funds, and Charities and Trusts. here. There are no mandatory awards (direct government grants to students) for postgraduate study. Applicants should consider carefully the cost of fees and maintenance at an early stage in the application process.

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