e-Business Systems MSc

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

Course description

e-Business Systems MSc

e-Business Systems MSc - a City University degree programme

This MSc course produces high quality learning experiences and environments for professionals working in e-business enabled enterprises. The programme helps professionals develop important skills in designing and developing e-business software systems using different languages and architectural standards for interoperable e-business portals. The course aims to develop professionals to embark on rewarding careers in programming, databases, design and specification as well as relevant business topics such as ERP and e-commerce.

The course focuses on research principles and methods in software engineering and e-commerce.

The course prepares individuals for positions in software houses and enterprises, where there is a significant demand for IT professionals with a good knowledge of software development and its e-business context. The course is also excellent preparation for doctoral (PhD) study.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Previous academic and commercial experience is considered.

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

Candidates who are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and are coming to study in the UK may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way to apply may vary depending on the length of the course taken; 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:Candidates requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The MSc programme in e-Business Systems is based on a very significant demand for graduates with a good knowledge of computing and its application to electronic commerce. This demand arises from consultancies, software houses and enterprises with established or planned e-business operations.

Typical entrants to the programme have a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, and wish to either move into the e-business field or to explore e-business software for their current field. Prior programming experience is not essential, but potential applicants may wish to try it in advance to see if they have the aptitude.

From this base, the programme provides a solid technical coverage of all aspects of software development, including such widely used languages as Java, PHP, UML, XML and Corba, as well as Enterprise Resourse Planning systems. The programme is therefore quite demanding, and provides an advanced academic education in these areas.

Of course, the employment value of a master's degree is not just short term. Although on-the-job training and experience as well as technology specific skills are valuable, they can be rather narrow and difficult to validate, and to transfer. The structure of this programme ensures that there is a proper balance between the development of particular skills and a solid education in the enduring principles and concepts that underlie system development in electronic commerce.

Training Course Content

This course allows students to develop skills across a range of computing areas, including building software using modern programming languages, website development, designing and creating e-business software systems to solve realistic problems and evaluating and using different standards, platforms and architectures for e-business systems.

In addition to its strong practical orientation, the course also provides knowledge of research principles, methods and techniques necessary for undertaking research in the field of software engineering or e-commerce.

8 Core Module(s):

Business Enginering with ERP Solutions

  • Explain the fundamental principles of ERP technology and second generation ERP systems, and evaluate their business and technical benefits in context
  • Analyse the critical success factors for ERP system implementation in context
  • Use Accelerated SAP (ASAP) methodology in solving complex problems
  • Perform complex business process modelling using the EPC notation



Interaction Design

Programming in Java

Practices and theories in interaction design

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of Java and its implementation of the key ideas of object and class
  • Critically evaluate the use of encapsulation in software development
  • Construct working programs in Java
  • Define new classes, applying object oriented design and program structuring techniques

Research, Methods and Professional Issues

Software Systems Design

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of software system design and its connections with requirements engineering, system analysis, system implementation and system verification
  • Use UML as a software system design language
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of software architectural styles and use them to create or transform software architecture models
  • Use design patterns,object frameworks and formal specifications techniques in developing detailed system design model with provable properties

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the project dissertation 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; daytime study).


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.

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes and over one third of international (non-EU) students received financial support from the School.


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.

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