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Information Systems and Technology

MSc |
With City’s MSc in Information systems and technology you will develop the skills to manage an organisation's IT infrastructure.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2016

Duration

Full-time: One year

Part-time: Two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500

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. Students are either in the early stages of their career or have significant work experience in the area and wish to formalise their knowledge.

Students will have curiosity about information and knowledge and will want to learn about managing them in organisations, together with the requisite design and technical skills to meet business requirements.

Objectives

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.

Our postgraduate Information Systems and Technology degree 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.

Accreditation

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The Information Systems and Technology MSc programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP status). Full academic requirements are met and full charted status can be achieved by gaining relevant work experience.

Requirements and 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 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

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.
1984
We have been educating information systems professionals since 1984.
Combines
This course combines technological fundamentals with a systematic understanding of IT's broader business contexts.
Dual
This course puts emphasis on technology and information.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Funding

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

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

Postgraduate students on a Computing and Information Systems course are offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of their degree.

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

Internships delivered by City University London offer an exceptional opportunity to help students stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing students to work full-time for up to six months. Students will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should they 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. From Oracle’s leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-the-art NVidia GPUs for computer graphics, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP etc you will have access to an array of tools to support your learning.

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

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Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment

Modules are assessed in a number of ways, including coursework, examinations, presentations and multiple choice questions.

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 alongside their choice of elective 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 and elective modules. 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.

Modules

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 competitive advantage using our expertise in computing and information management.

You will take five core modules and three elective modules.

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.

Databases INM343 (15 credits)

  • The module aims to prepare students for a career as an information professional that involves the use and development of databases in personal and organisational contexts.
  • Emphasis is given to combining conceptual knowledge of database modelling with practical skills  and experience of using relational databases.
  • Relational databases are used throughout and students gain skills in and experience of the SQL Data Definition Language to implement their databases, ensuring database  consistency and integrity, and the SQL Data Manipulation Language to develop working SQL queries that address a range of information needs

Information and Knowledge Management INM351 (15 credits)

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.

Research Methods and Professional Issues INM373 (15 credits)

  • 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.

Information Architecture INM401 (15 credits)

  • 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 (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 and Policy INM361 (15 credits)
  • Project Management INM372 (15 credits)
  • Data Visualization* INM402 (15 credits)
  • Libraries and publishing in the information society INM380 (15 credits)
  • Information Organisation+ INM303 (15 credits)
  • Business Intelligence and 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.

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

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

Information Architectures

  • 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)

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)
  • 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.

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.


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.

Contact details

Programmes Office (room A302)

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