Information Systems and Technology (MSc)

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The award

How long you will study
24 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4500 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 7750 per year

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About Information Systems and Technology at City, University of London

Develop the skills to manage an organisation's IT infrastructure with City's world-leading MSc in Information Systems and Technology.

Who is it for?

This postgraduate Information Systems and Technology course is for students who have a keen interest in both information system development and information management. It will particularly appeal to you if you are in the early stages of your career or have significant work experience in the area and wish to formalise your knowledge. You will explore information and knowledge, managing them in organisations, and the requisite design and technical skills to meet business requirements.


The Information Systems and Technology MSc will help you to:

  • Gain the skills to develop and maintain information systems that align with the strategic needs of any organisation
  • Delve beyond technical issues only - the course combines technological fundamentals with a systematic understanding of IT's broader business contexts, including human and organisational factors
  • Benefit from City's research expertise in both computing and information management
  • Become an effective professional with a broad understanding of IT underpinned by a firm grasp of key technical concerns.


This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, (subject to re-accreditation in 2017): on successful completion of the course, students will have partly fulfilled the requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will require a Bachelor's degree with lower second-class honours or above, or an overseas equivalent in a related discipline.

You should have basic competence and familiarity with mathematics and good professional English.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

If you do not meet the entry requirements, INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help you prepare for study at City, University of London. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre-Masters courses at KIC London offer you comprehensive support to help you complete your postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

If you are an overseas student whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required:

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

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.

English language programmes

If you do not meet the English language requirements, INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

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.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2018/19 academic year is 31st August 2018, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods we use mean that your specialist knowledge and autonomy increase as you progress through each module. Active researchers and professionals guide your progress in the areas of information systems and management, project management and business processes.

Taught modules

Taught modules are delivered through a series of lectures together with either tutorials or laboratory sessions. Tutorials help you develop the skills to apply the concepts we have covered in the lectures. We normally achieve this through practical problem-solving contexts or case studies.

Laboratory sessions

Laboratory sessions give you the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques using state-of-the-art software, environments and development tools.


City's online learning environment, Moodle, contains resources for each of the modules from lecture notes and lab materials, to coursework feedback, model answers, and an interactive discussion forum.


You will study independently and complete coursework for each module. Modules are assessed through a combination of written examinations, coursework, group work and presentations.

Individual project

The individual project is a substantial task. It is your opportunity to develop an autonomous research-related topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff. This is the moment when you can apply your learning to solve a real-world information system or information management problem. At the end of the project you will submit a substantial MSc project report, which becomes the mode of assessment for this part of the programme.

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a Master's 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 postgraduate Information Systems & Technology programme is made up of five core modules, three elective modules and a final project. All the electives are studied in the second term. You will take core and elective modules in three main streams: information, systems and technology. The third term is reserved for the project.

Modules include hands-on lab-based tutorials, group work seminars and presentations. You will learn technical skills in SQL, JavaScript and PhP, as well as design skills using UML. You can pursue a practical MSc project in an application area of your choice.

To find out more about the number of hours required, please consult the SMCSE programmes office.

Core modules

Systems Specification INM312 (15 credits)

  • 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.

Information and Knowledge Management INM351 (15 credits)

  • Manage information and knowledge as part of the IT infrastructure, e.g. supporting communication/collaboration, users' needs for information and their seeking behaviour
  • 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
  • Gain the knowledge to manage information effectively to meet an organisation's key strategic goals.

Research Methods and Professional Issues INM373 (15 credits)

  • Develop skills for planning and carrying out independent, original research (which you will later apply when completing your Masters dissertation)
  • Use appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques for data collection and analysis
  • Learn to find, interpret, and use existing academic research as a basis for your research activity
  • Explore the legal, ethical and professional implications of applied work in the information and computer sciences and use this knowledge in your research.

Information Architecture INM401 (15 credits)

  • Design the structural foundation of digital information environments, such as websites and apps, to allow users to find the information they need and find it easily
  • Understand theory of how to organise, structure and label digital information to support user navigation and information-seeking
  • Create models and prototypes to drive the user-centred design of digital information environments (e.g. domain models, sitemaps and wireframes)
  • Develop skills in evaluating information architectures from a user perspective.

Research Methods and Professional Issues (INM373) must be passed with a mark of at least 50% without compensation to proceed with the dissertation (INM363).

Elective modules

You may choose three elective modules from the following:

  • Information Retrieval INM305 (15 credits)
  • Web Applications Development INM316 (15 credits)
  • Business Engineering with ERP Solutions INM342 (15 credits)
  • Information Law & Policy INM361 (15 credits)
  • Project Management INM372 (15 credits)
  • Data Visualisation* INM402 (15 credits)
  • Databases INM343 (15 credits)
  • Social Technical Systems INM415 (15 credits)
  • Information Organisation+ INM303 (15 credits)
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics INM451 (15 credits)

+Students who take INM303 must also take INM305 as an option.
*Students may only take one of INM402 or INM451 as an option.

Databases (INM343) is compulsory for students who do not have prior knowledge at the discretion of the programme director.

Download the relevant programme specification

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 7750 per year
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15500 per year

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year


Full-time: £15,500

Part-time: £7,750 per year

More about fees

If you leave City after commencing but before completing your course, City reserves the right to charge you the tuition/course fee for the full academic year (or full course for capacity limited post-graduate courses - up to a maximum of 2 years fees) in question. You may be charged the full fee for that year or course as applicable unless you are able to present justification that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for your withdrawal exist.

How to pay

City has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31st January.

If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January



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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details visit the City Finance website.


We offer a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course, including:


As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides you with professional development opportunities that enhance your technical skills and business knowledge.

IntInternships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Benefits of completing an internship at City are:

  • Develop new skills - Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
  • Exclusive opportunities - The PLU is a dedicated team of internship and professional development specialists. We hold longstanding relationships with a large range of employers and proactively seek out exclusive internship opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
  • Central point of contact - You will be assigned a Work-Based Learning Advisor who will provide help and support throughout the internship process, from applying to roles through to completion of your Masters.
  • Enhance your employability - Organisations are very keen to employ graduates with existing professional experience. It is common for internship providers to offer interns full-time positions on completion of their Masters.
  • Gain an insight into an organisation and industry - This will help you with future career planning.
  • Give you a head start in your chosen field - With the experience you gain, you may be able to enter an organisation at a higher level on completion of your studies.
  • Develop your network of professional contacts - This will be useful when you come to apply for positions and roles within your preferred area.
  • Earn while you learn - The majority of internships provide a competitive salary

More information on postgraduate internships.

Academic facilities

The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with the latest up-to-date hardware and software. You will have access to an array of tools to support your learning, including:

  • Oracle's leading commercial object-relational database server
  • PCs with state-of-the-art NVidia GPUs for computer graphics, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, etc.

As part of City, University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

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