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INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND MANAGEMENT (MSC)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4450.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This mid-career Master's degree in information systems and management is designed for those with a degree in information systems, computing or management; or those with extensive experience in the use of information systems in organisations, or the management of IT.

It will build on your understanding of information systems and management, offering the opportunity to study at an advanced level within or across several areas, including information systems project management, development and change management, and computing-based innovation.

Students who complete the programme successfully will have gained an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in their chosen area of study, which they will be able to use in:

  • analysis of problems
  • evaluation of technology options
  • deployment of appropriate solutions
  • research into, or development and deployment of, new information-based technologies.

The use and management of information systems in organisations is emphasised. For those entering with management qualifications, study of information systems development and related material is required.

This mid-career Master's degree in information systems and management is designed for those with a degree in information systems, computing or management; or those with extensive experience in the use of information systems in organisations, or the management of IT. It will build on your understanding of information systems and management, offering the opportunity to study...

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Course Content

You take a mixture of computing, information systems and management modules selected according to your qualifications on entry.

The modules Information Systems and Project Management for Informatics are compulsory for all students; Introduction to Software Development is compulsory for students without a computing or information systems degree or appropriate experience, and may be taken as an option by other students.

You choose from a selection of option modules to complete the programme requirement (subject to availability and agreement by the programme director).

This list of modules is not exhaustive and you may request to take other relevant modules from the Master's programmes of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems or the Department of Management, subject to availability and approval by the programme director.

Please note that not all option modules may be offered every year. Note also that, in any one year, some modules may be offered only during the day or only in the evening.

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Information Systems
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Project Management for Informatics

OPTION MODULES

  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Systems
  • Data and Knowledge Management
  • Digital Creativity and New Media Management
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Geovisualisation and WebGIS
  • Information and Network Security
  • Innovation Systems: Networks and Social Capital
  • Innovation: Management and Policy
  • Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness
  • Internet and Web Technologies
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Principles of Organization and Management
  • Programming Paradigms and Languages
  • Strategic Information System Planning
  • Strategic Information Systems
  • The Creative Industries: Theory and Contexts

MSC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND MANAGEMENT DISSERTATION

  • Project for MSc in Information Systems & Management

You take a mixture of computing, information systems and management modules selected according to your qualifications on entry. The modules Information Systems and Project Management for Informatics are compulsory for all students; Introduction to Software Development is compulsory for students without a computing or information systems degree or appropriate experience, and may be...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£8900.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£4450.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree in computing, information systems or management. Joint honours graduates in two of these fields are particularly welcome.

Applicants without the specified degree-level qualification but with significant information systems development experience will also be considered.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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