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Information Systems and Information Management, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 11000 per totalGBP 20500 per total

About Information Systems and Information Management, MSc - at University of Leeds

Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand.

This Masters gives you the skills and knowledge to engage with the information society as a leader, innovator and entrepreneurial manager.

You'll learn to understand and integrate contemporary theory while exploring the latest trends. Taught by our leading academics and business practitioners, you'll be shown how to select and use cutting-edge tools and techniques to solve complex business challenges, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through live case studies and projects.

You'll benefit from interaction with leading UK and European businesses through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops, all of which help you prepare for the challenges of a fast-changing sector.

Academic excellence

This Masters is supported by an advisory board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses including IBM, Ericsson, Lloyds Banking Group and Thales Group. They advise on content, deliver guest lectures, provide dissertation projects and offer site visits. You'll benefit from a curriculum developed in collaboration with these partners, which allows us to focus our teaching on the skills most relevant to the workplace.

Teaching on the MSc is informed by leading scholars from the AIMTech Research Centre at Leeds University Business School, one of Europe's most influential research centres in Information Systems and Information Management.

The centre has a tradition of cutting-edge research subjects, including how ICT drives organisations, information sharing in disasters, ICT in developing countries (ICT4D) and the design and evaluation of mobile information systems.

  • Course content

    Core modules will develop your understanding of research design and introduce you to systems thinking. This will prepare you to study the concepts and perspectives of the design and build of information systems, and you'll also learn more about entrepreneurship.

    You'll explore approaches and techniques in strategic management, as well as applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios to develop professional skills. At the same time you'll examine the importance of information management as a core business activity and how it is put to use in different organisations.

    You'll also examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science, and broaden your knowledge by studying innovation in the context of operations management and information systems.

    By the end of the course, you'll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to organisations.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    You'll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.

    • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
    • Strategic Management 15 credits
    • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
    • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
    • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
    • Designing Information Systems 15 credits
    • Systems Thinking 15 credits
    • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
    • Operations, Information Systems and Innovation 15 credits
    • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
    • Dissertation 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Information Systems and Information Management MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. You'll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.

    Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

    You'll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in business, management or any relevant subject e.g. computing, information systems etc.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
      or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Application deadlines

    UK/EU: 31 August 2018

    International: applications received before 31 March 2018 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2018 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2018.

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you'll need

    • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
    • Two academic references
    • A personal statement
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
    • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Fees

    UK/EU: £11,000 (total)

    International: £20,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

    We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

    There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible, including:

    • Masters in Information Systems and Information Management International Excellence Scholarship
    • Masters in Information Systems and Information Management UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
    • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
    • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

    Read more about Business School scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    This Masters prepares you for a range of careers related to information management. Graduates can consider a management position in information systems, information management, senior IT or business analysis roles, or may pursue a dynamic career as a technology innovator or leader.

    The emergence of social media, wireless communications, the cloud, big data and mobile technologies are all creating challenges for managers and organisations. Alongside accelerating information flows, complexity and volume, the skills to manage and drive opportunity through this information are now vital for most organisations.

    The skills to meet this need are scarce, particularly amongst managers. As a result, many organisations struggle with this area of business and demand for professionals with these skills is strong as a result. This course is designed to meet the expectations of both leading organisations and individuals who wish to pursue a career in information systems and information management.

    Links with industry

    Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

    You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

    Careers support

    We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

    Read more about our careers and professional development support. The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
  • Related courses

    Business Analytics and Decision Sciences MSc
    Management MSc
    Global Strategy and Innovation Management MSc
  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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