Information Systems and Technology MSc

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Information Systems and Technology MSc

Information Systems and Technology MSc - a City University degree programme

The course focuses on developing an understanding of the characteristics of information systems, their management and technology and their effective utilisation within organisations. The students, after taking this course, will be able to master the skills and methods for managing and disseminating information. In the recent years, due to the advancements in technology, information systems gave become a vital part of the organisation’s IT infrastructure. IT professionals who can manage business information resources and understand the technologies and systems that enable this are the keys to a modern enterprise's success.

You will develop all the skills and abilities to develop and maintain information systems in line with the strategic objectives of the organisation. The course has a multi-faceted objective on focusing both on technical as well as human or organisational factors.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants should have basic competence and familiarity with mathematics and good professional English.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four 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

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

The way that you 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: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers an MSc in Information Systems and Technology. You will acquire both a broad and a deep understanding of the principles and practice of information, systems and technology (the three streams of the programme) in their application to human activity systems. You will take a core module in each stream which will consolidate and deepen your existing knowledge in any of these areas, as well as provide a springboard to the options. Other core modules embrace databases, and professional, research, evaluation and communication skills.

The electives provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the three streams, so that students have some flexibility in choosing areas of specialisation whilst retaining the breadth of study which has always been a characteristic of this programme.

If you are working part time in this area, the programme offers you the opportunity to consolidate and expand your knowledge and skills, combining your work and academic experiences in a mutually supportive way.

Full-time students may be seeking a career in this field or to enhance their existing prospects; the core modules and the choice of electives should enable them to tailor the programme to their individual needs.

Information systems are vital to all organizations of all sizes and in all economic sectors. There are a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from assessing the users' needs and requirements to the implementation of a new system to meet those needs. An understanding of the information in the system and the organizational environment in which it is located are important for an effective system, placing our graduates in an excellent position to apply their knowledge in the workplace.

Training Course Content

This degree prepares you for a professional career in information systems and the business services they provide. It takes a broad view of how organisations use information to maintain competitive

advantage using our expertise in computing and information management.

4 Core Module(s):


Information and Knowledge Management

A key resource for any organisation is the internal and external information which is key to its business. Employees use this information to generate knowledge given both business and technological drivers from the external environment. In this module you will learn how to manage information and knowledge a part of the IT infrastructure e.g. supporting communication/collaboration, users' needs for information and their seeking behaviour. You will investigate barriers to successful information management strategies such as information overload and what policies (both managerial and technological) can be put in place to resolve the problems. This will provide you with the knowledge to manage information effectively to meet an organisation's key strategic goals.

Information Architecture

Research, Methods and Professional Issues

Choose from 2 electives in term 1 from the following:

Systems Specification

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the changing nature of software intensive systems and the range of new methods, tools and techniques available to develop these systems
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the challenges of requirements elicitation
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the fundamentals of software quality assurance techniques
  • Apply the principles and concepts involved in object-oriented analysis and design and build object-oriented analysis and design models using the constructs of the Unified Modelling Language (UML)

Requirements Engineering

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the range of problems which arise in requirement engineering
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the state-of-the-art practices and leading academic research that are aimed at addressing the range of problems which arise in requirements engineering
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the differences between alternative requirements modelling techniques
  • Apply start-of-the-art requirements methods and techniques to acquire, model and analyse requirements for complex systems

Choose 3 elective module(s) from the following list:

Business Engineering 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

Data visualization

Information Law and Policy

Information RetrievalKey to supporting information management are information retrieval (IR) systems. These are applied in various contexts e.g. work, mobile, social media, etc. Users have various information needs in these contexts and, as part of their overall information seeking strategy, they use IR systems to find and access the information required to fulfil those needs. In this module you will learn how to analyse information needs and create search strategies to retrieve relevant information using a variety of systems e.g. web, online and for different media such as text, images and videos. The evaluation of IR systems is also a key focus of the module, using different methodologies. The module provides a student with the theoretical and practical knowledge to use IR systems effectively.


Multimedia Design and Development

Open Source Systems

Project Management

  • Demonstrate understanding of the key issues relating to IT project management, including estimating, scheduling, resourcing, monitoring and controlling progress, quality control and risk management
  • Discuss the wider context of change management and the organizational framework

Web Applications Development

Read the full programme specification

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

This Master's in Information Systems and Technology is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months; daytime 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.

Modules are assessed in a number of ways, including coursework, examinations, presentations and multiple choice questions.

The timetables below are for guidance only and timetables can change at short notice.

FULL-TIME study timetable:PART-TIME study timetable:
Semester 1YEAR 1, Semester 1
Information and Knowledge ManagementMonday morningInformation and Knowledge ManagementMonday morning
Systems Specification*Tuesday morningInformation ArchitectureWednesday afternoon

Information Architecture

Wednesday afternoon
Requirements Engineering*Friday morning

Research Methods and Professional IssuesFriday afternoonYEAR 1, Semester 2
DatabasesTuesday morning
Option module
Semester 2YEAR 2, Semester 1
DatabasesTuesday morningSystems Specification*Tuesday morning

Requirements Engineering*Friday morning
Option moduleResearch Methods and Professional IssuesFriday afternoon
Option moduleYEAR 2, Semester 2
Option moduleOption module
Option module
Option modules:

Option modules for Semester 1

*students elect to take either Requirements Engineering or Systems Specification

Option modules for Semester 2

Information StreamInformation RetrievalMonday morning
Information StreamData VisualizationFriday morning
Information StreamInformation Law and PolicyThursday morning
Systems StreamBusiness Engineering with ERP SolutionsWednesday morning
Systems StreamOpen Source SystemsFriday morning
Systems StreamProject ManagementMonday afternoon
Technology StreamMultimedia Design and DevelopmentWednesday morning
Technology Streame-CommerceThursday afternoon
Technology StreamWeb Applications DevelopmentFriday afternoon

Full-time study

The programme is twelve months' long; you are generally expected to attend the University for the equivalent of two days per week (in face-to-face mode), although you may be able to do some of your studying away from the campus.

Full-time students take three core modules in the first term and the remaining core module in the second term. Students must also choose between Requirements Engineering and Systems Specification in the first term - any three options in the second term from a list of nine modules. The remainder of the year is occupied with the individual project.

Part-time study

Part-time students may study in day-release (one day per week). The taught part of the programme lasts for two academic years. The individual project can be completed in the second year, or in a third year.

Part-time students in their first year take two core modules in the first term, a third core module and one option in their second term. In their second year, they take the remaining core module in the first term choosing between Requirements Engineering and Systems Specification and two more options in their second term. The individual project can be completed in the second year, either in parallel with the modules or more intensively during the summer; otherwise it can be extended into a third year.



  • 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

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