Information Systems (MSc)

Staffordshire University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
30 Months

Domestic course fees
GBP 7200

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 12300

All study options

About Information Systems at Staffordshire University

This course is ideal if you want to combine current academic knowledge and skills in information systems (IS) with leading industry practice.

Key features:

  • Accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT)
  • Full membership of SAP University Alliance / SAP University Competence Centers (UCC)
  • Newly built state-of-the-art laboratories, computing equipment and software.
  • Optional placement year in industry

The MSc Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, preparing you to succeed in an information systems-rich environment.

The course will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in Information Systems management. This area is pivotal in understanding how computing technologies can be successfully used to enhance the operational effectiveness and strategic competitiveness of organisations.

The course explores areas of computing fundamentals to the use and implementation of IT as a tool to support the organisational objectives. These include:

  • Information systems analysis and design
  • IT for strategic management
  • IT infrastructure
  • Cloud-based service infrastructure
  • Database systems technology
  • e/m-commerce.

The course also aims to instill sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning and development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

There is also an opportunity to apply for an Industrial Placement (Internship), with assistance from our placements team.

Course content

Note: The course runs over 18 months (30 months if taking the optional placement).

Managing Emerging Technologies

This module examines the management issues presented by the emerging data technologies which support Big Data, business intelligence, enterprise systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technologies.

Information Systems Management and Strategy

Learn about the development and effects of strategic planning mechanisms that meet the needs of organisations today. Using case studies, you will explore the theory and practice of both the business and technical domains.

Information Systems Analysis Modelling and Design

The module introduces you to a number of database technologies and the specification, design, development and implementation of information systems. This module also introduces you to concepts of ERP and SAP ERP.

Research Methods

The Research Methods module provides you with basic research training and a good grounding in research methods and techniques. It will allow you to begin research and carry out basic research projects which can be developed in the future.

Project and Change Management

This module takes a structured approach to project management (PM) that refers to several PM methods that may be found in industry while following a well-tried set of steps that make a complex subject easier to learn.

Operational and Analytical Databases

In this module, you will be research how data and the quality of data within database systems can be leveraged by organisations. You will research how data mining and data warehousing are used within leading-edge decision support, mobile, web and roaming databases.

IT Infrastructure

Explore the development and operation of computer networks, communication architecture and protocol layering, and fundamental aspects of distributed systems and applications of networking.


The dissertation module is the culmination of your masters study. You will research in depth a problem area that you have identified. The problem area will be relevant to your award and will be at the forefront of technology.

Plus a choice of one of the following:

Engineering Internet Applications

This module provides in-depth, hands-on experience of designing, implementing and testing Internet applications. A practical assignment will be assessed by a report and demonstration.

Media Editing and Multimedia Applications

Explore leading edge media development technology and ideas in the area of advanced multimedia.

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 studyFull-timeHow long you will study30 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 7200International course feesGBP 12300

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related computing discipline.

If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate work experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

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