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.
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.
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.
You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.
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 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.
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.
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.
Become an expert in managing information in a world driven by big data. Government departments, businesses, libraries, museums and archives all need people who can identify relevant information, retrieve it, organise it and make sure people can access it.
Get the professional skills you need to understand and manage information in today's fast-changing world. Learn about information storage and retrieval, while gaining skills in management and communication, information technology and research methods.
You'll gain a thorough, technology-focused and research-based education in information organisation, oriented to the needs of New Zealand information professionals.
You can study online from anywhere in New Zealand. Some courses are also available on campus in Wellington and Auckland.
Study full time and complete your Master's in two years, or study part time over three or four years so you can continue working.
You can choose to specialise in either Library Science (LIBS) or in Archives and Records Management (ARCR) and this will be stated on your qualification. You don't have to specialise, or you can choose to specialise in both areas, which will take a little longer.
You'll benefit from the School of Information Management's membership of the WISE (Web-based Information Science) Consortium. This links top schools of library and information studies from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Online courses are made available to other members and you can choose to do up to two of these in your qualification.
Depending on your goals, you can opt for a shorter postgraduate Information Studies qualification by doing the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. These are valuable programmes in themselves, or you can use them as stepping stones towards the Master's degree.
You can also study most courses in the MIS programme individually. This is useful for targeted professional development and you will receive a certificate of proficiency in that one subject area.
Develop your awareness of the Treaty of Waitangi and biculturalism during your studies. You'll gain an understanding of Māori culture and language and a knowledge of Māori taonga, or artefacts, in libraries, archives and museums.
The MIS will give you the broad skills and knowledge you need to work in many information professions. Your studies will include:
For the diploma programme, you need to do five core courses and three more courses of your choice. Certificate students do two core courses and choose a further two.
Information Studies courses are available in a variety of formats. All classes are available online and some are available in person. Some classes require you attend via internet conferencing (iConferencing) or seminar and some can be downloaded and viewed at a time convenient to you.
Classes are held on weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Some classes for core courses or large courses are held in Wellington or Auckland and you can attend on campus or online.
Study materials are delivered through Blackboard—Victoria's web-based learning environment.
You can study full time or part time. If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.
You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.
Many employers in the information field are now looking for graduates with Master's-level education. Go on to work as a records manager, librarian, web content manager, archivist, knowledge manager or information manager.
The Master of Information Studies is recognised by these local and international professional bodies: