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Information Systems and Technology  MSc

Overview

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This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional.


Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:


The course aims to develop:

  • understanding of the characteristics of information systems, their management and technology, and their effective utilisation within organisations
  • skills in evaluating and applying appropriate methods and technologies for representing, managing and disseminating information
  • skills in contributing to information system implementation and management using sound principles
  • an appreciation of the necessary legal, ethical and professional values appropriate to the provision of information services

Overview

Information systems are a key part of an organisation's IT infrastructure. IT professionals who can manage a business's information resources, and understand the technologies and systems that enable this are key to a modern enterprise's success.

A degree in information systems and technology will equip you with the skills to develop and maintain information systems that align with the strategic needs of any organisation. Rather than focusing on technical issues only, the course combines technological fundamentals with a systematic understanding of IT's broader business contexts, including human and organisational factors. The course exploits City's research expertise in both computing and information management to produce effective professionals with a broad understanding of IT underpinned by a firm grasp of key technical concerns.

Graduates are employed in a range of information systems roles in large and small organisations, including banks, consultancies, pharmaceutical and IT industries, central and local government, and the education and health sectors, for example. The course is also excellent preparation for doctoral (PhD) study.

Why study this course at City University London?

  • The course provides an 'info-socio-technical' approach which combines information, systems and technology modules in a social and organisational context
  • the MSc Information Systems and Technology has an excellent pedigree. From its inception nearly 30 years ago, it has evolved as the field has matured, benefiting from City's leading position as the university for business and the professions
  • the electives have been selected from staff research interests and expertise to provide in-depth cutting edge approaches in selected areas, such as information retrieval, legal aspects, open source systems,and data visualisation, in a top-rated research department
  • all modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment (Moodle). You will be able to access lecture materials and engage in discussions with student colleagues, teaching staff and the course team
  • a flexible course design which caters for students with a range of disciplines and experiences, from home and overseas, who themselves contribute to a stimulating learning environment and experience
  • London is a convenient location, with numerous career opportunities. City is close to the City of London, in an area associated with the creative industries, with access to national resources (such as the British Library).

SAP University Alliances 

SAP Certification

  • Extending our long established relationship with SAP, we now offer Certification training. MSc Information Systems and Technology students are now eligible to register for the SAP TERP10 Certification course at a substantial discount.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). Graduates from the course are exempt from the BCS Certificate, Diploma and Diploma Project.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year
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Start Date:

Autumn 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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.

English Requirements

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

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 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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

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 competitiveadvantage using our expertise in computing and information management.

Course Structure

4 Core Module(s):

Databases

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

  • You will 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.
  • You will understand theory of how to organise, structure and label digital information to support user navigation and information-seeking.
  • You will create models and prototypes to drive the user-centred design of digital information environments (e.g. domain models, sitemaps, wireframes).
  • You will develop skills in evaluating information architectures from a user perspective.

Research, Methods and Professional Issues

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

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

  • Create graphics and applications that reveal the structure in data sets.
  • You will understand and apply techniques for the visual presentation of data to support user exploration and understanding.
  • You will create an engaging data visualization to reveal the structure in data sets.
  • You will develop programming skills to support the development of interactive graphical applications for visualization.

Information Law and Policy

The Information law and policy module covers a wide range of legal issues relevant to the information profession – such as intellectual property, data protection & privacy, cybercrime and computer misuse, freedom of information, libel, and the re-use of public sector information.

Information Retrieval

Key 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.

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

  • You will develop a detailed understanding of the core components of Web-based applications
  • You will create Web applications that incorporate dynamic and engaging front-end user interfaces
  • You will understand the importance of security and data access in Web applications.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

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 module
Research Methods and Professional IssuesFriday afternoon
Option module
YEAR 2, Semester 2
Option module
Option 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 StreamInformation Law and PolicyThursday morning
Systems StreamBusiness Engineering with ERP SolutionsWednesday morning
Systems StreamProject ManagementMonday afternoon
Technology StreamData VisualizationFriday morning
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.

Read the full programme specification

Recommended Reading

You may wish to undertake some preparatory reading, although this is not essential. Your own level of knowledge and experience may suggest how desirable this would be.

These notes relate to first term modules and further reading will be given during the modules themselves.

Information and Knowledge Management

This module does not have a single text but Best (1996) gives a flavour of some of the issues that will be considered.

  • Best, D.P.(1996) (ed.) The fourth resource: Information and its management (Aslib/Gower)

Information Architectures

There is no single text for this module as many of the resources and background materials that support the module are provided online and using the Web. However, you may find the following text useful in preparation for some of the ideas and issues surrounding data representation and management, particularly those relating to the management of information using the Web.

  • Spencer (2010). A Practical Guide to Information Architecture
  • Krug (2005). Don't Make Me Think
  • Rosenfeld, L. and Morville, P. (2007) Information architecture for the World Wide Web (Sebastopol, O'Reilly)

This very readable book identifies some of the key issues in assembling, organising and representing digital data. It has a clear emphasis on Web-based representation and management of information which is introduced in an approachable and applied manner.

Systems Specification

  • Arlow, J. and Newstadt, I. (2005) UML 2 and the unified process: Practical object-oriented analysis and design (Addison-Wesley Longman)

Research, Evaluation and Communication Skills (full time study only)

  • Feng, J. H., Hochheiser, H., Lazar, J. (2009) Research methods in human-computer interaction (John Wiley & Sons)

(An excellent and versatile book by computer and information scientists on surveys, usability studies, statistical analysis and other key methodologies and practices)

  • Oates, B.J. (2006) Researching information systems and computing (Sage Publications)
  • Pickard, A.J. (2007) Research methods in information (Facet Publishing)

Requirements Engineering

  • Robertson, S. & Robertson, J. 'Mastering the Requirements Process'. Pearson, 2006.

Note: module leaders may choose to use different or additional texts to the ones listed above.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

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 please visit the City Finance website.

Placements

Internships offer an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive job market place. We have extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment in the IT industry.

More information on Internships in Industry.

Career Prospects

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.

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Apply for Information Systems & Technology

You will be able to attach electronic copies of your supporting documents. However, you will be required to submit your confidential references in hard copy (in signed and sealed envelopes) to the address below, together with any supporting documents you do not attach when applying online.

Please send your documents to:

Programmes Office
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

MSc in Information Systems and Technology

We invite all suitable applicants living within a 200-mile radius of London to an open and/or interview session; these are held monthly between March and July. Overseas and more distant applicants are sent a questionnaire, which may be supplemented by a telephone interview or email discussion. Such students are welcome to visit the Department if they are in or near London at some stage.You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

1. Completing the online form; or

2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

Please address the following points in your personal statement:

  • Why you would like to study MSc Information Systems and Technology
  • What sort of career path you hope to follow after completing this course (please outline your career objectives over the next five years)
  • What experience you have with computer programming using computers
  • Comment on any overlap you think your first degree and this MSc at City may have
  • What additional skills you expect to gain from this MSc.