The course is for motivated students who enjoy working within high-pressure environments often to tight deadlines. You will need a good undergraduate degree as well as the tenacity and patience to understand business systems and the ability to adapt to constant change.
There is a common misconception in building business systems: that users know their requirements. Often they don’t. This postgraduate Business Systems Analysis programme has been designed to address this problem.
The MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design is not about developing algorithms and coding. We work with technology but we are not technicians because we know that to become an IT consultant or business analyst, you need to understand the disparate areas that make up the discipline. This is a Masters degree where you will design a business system; in order to do this you will unpick the information infrastructure to find out if the system works.
Analysing a business system is a process that demands constant re-evaluation. By investigating system requirements, considering how information flows through it, and exploring the pitfalls that emerge within user hierarchies, at City we examine the business system as a whole. This approach is essential to respond to rapid business change.
These are some of the questions the course poses:
“Business systems have a lot of underlying themes – what we’re trying to do on this course is to give students a good, solid foundation in all of these themes, whether it’s business processes, requirements or managing information. Once they have this overview of the parts they can develop a unified view of the business system as a whole.”
Course Director, Dr Andrew MacFarlane
This full time or part time MSc course is accredited by the British Computer Society. This means that by completing it, you partially fulfil the academic requirement for becoming a Chartered IT professional.
For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s 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.
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As a student on the MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design course you will have access to dedicated labs and use specialist software such as SAP. At City we also have access to Microsoft Dynamics ERP software to support the enterprise information system module. Microsoft Dynamics is an industry-based CRM system. As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the research project 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; - two evenings a week).
The Department is aware that this involves considerable commitment from part-time students, and endeavours to be flexible in resolving problems arising from combining work and 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.
Overall, the strategy is to encourage a diversity of approaches by lecturers to provide a diversity of experiences for students in traditional lectures, live classroom demonstrations, tutorials, laboratories, and TV studios. Students are encouraged to engage with the material in a very active way. As a postgraduate, you take responsibility for your own learning and use will use non-timetabled hours for your own private study or group interactions.
Modules are assessed by a number of different components, which may comprise of coursework, laboratory work, presentation and examination.
The timetable below is for guidance only and is subject to change.
|Semester 1||Year 1 Semester 1|
|Systems Specification*||Tuesday morning||Practical Business Systems Consultancy||Tuesday 18.00-20.50|
|Software Systems Design*||Wednesday morning||Systems Specification||Thursday 18.00-20.50|
Practical Business Systems Consultancy
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|Requirements Engineering*||Friday morning||Business Intelligence & Analytics||Tuesday 18.00-20.50|
|Research Methods and Professional Issues||Friday afternoon||Databases||Thursday 18.00-20.50|
|Semester 2||Year 2 Semester 1|
|Project Management||Monday afternoon||Research Methods and Professional Issues||Tuesday 18.00-20.50|
|Databases||Tuesday morning||User Centred Design*|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
Business Intelligence & Analytics|
Business Engineering with ERP solutions
Business Engineering with ERP Solutions|
* option modules: students elect to take two out of Requirements Engineering, Systems Specification, User Centred Design and Software Systems Design.
Practical work is emphasised throughout to develop understanding and skills which are strengthened by the interactive teamwork approach. The course has an excellent track record in producing employable hybrid IT/business professionals.
The Course Develops:
Business engineering with ERP solutions INM342 (15 credits)
Business intelligence & analytics INM451 (15 credits)
Practical business systems consultancy INM353 (15 credits)
Project management INM372 (15 credits)
Research methods and professional issues INM373 (15 credits)
Systems specification INM312 (15 credits)
Choose from one module in the first term from the following:
User-centred design INM355 (15 credits)
Information and knowledge management INM351 (15 credits)
Choose from one module in the second term from the following:*
Databases INM343 (15 credits)
Information Retrieval (IR) INM351 (15 credits)
*Note: Databases is compulsory for students who do not have prior knowledge at the discretion of the programme director
Business Systems Analysis and Design is suitable for applicants from any academic discipline, as the IT industry is not simply interested in technical skills, as it is primarily project-based and people-centred. There is a very significant demand for graduates with the hybrid skills needed in business systems analysis and design, which is not simply about technical skills, as it is largely project-based and people-centred.
The Department of Computer Science has an excellent track record in producing highly employable graduates for all these sectors. However, as the computing industry evolves, employers are becoming much more selective about the particular skills required from graduates, and the institutions from which they have obtained their qualifications.
With European competitors taking a master's degree as a basic graduate qualification, the standard UK bachelor's degree is no longer adequate. Mobility, professional equivalence and long-term job security in an open European job market demands a master's degree.
Recent graduates are employed in consultancy companies, software houses, major enterprise software users such as banks, the public services, telecommunications, multinational manufacturers, and large retailers. The programme helps students build a strong network with their peers, and cohorts keep in touch through informal events such as dinners, as well as maintaining the network as part of their career development.
Data obtained from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Statistics, 2016.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15