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Course content

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. It will particularly appeal to you if you are in the early stages of your career or have significant work experience in the area and wish to formalise your knowledge. You will explore information and knowledge, managing them in organisations, and the requisite design and technical skills to meet business requirements.

Objectives

The Information Systems and Technology MSc will help you to:

  • Gain the skills to develop and maintain information systems that align with the strategic needs of any organisation
  • Delve beyond technical issues only - the course combines technological fundamentals with a systematic understanding of IT's broader business contexts, including human and organisational factors
  • Benefit from City's research expertise in both computing and information management
  • Become an effective professional with a broad understanding of IT underpinned by a firm grasp of key technical concerns.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

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

IntInternships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods we use mean that your specialist knowledge and autonomy increase as you progress through each module. Active researchers and professionals guide your progress in the areas of information systems and management, project management and business processes.

Taught modules

Taught modules are delivered through a series of lectures together with either tutorials or laboratory sessions. Tutorials help you develop the skills to apply the concepts we have covered in the lectures. We normally achieve this through practical problem-solving contexts or case studies.

Laboratory sessions

Laboratory sessions give you the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques using state-of-the-art software, environments and development tools.

Moodle

City's online learning environment, Moodle, contains resources for each of the modules from lecture notes and lab materials, to coursework feedback, model answers, and an interactive discussion forum.

Assessment

You will study independently and complete coursework for each module. Modules are assessed through a combination of written examinations, coursework, group work and presentations.

Individual project

The individual project is a substantial task. It is your opportunity to develop an autonomous research-related topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff. This is the moment when you can apply your learning to solve a real-world information system or information management problem. At the end of the project you will submit a substantial MSc project report, which becomes the mode of assessment for this part of the programme.

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a Master’s 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

The postgraduate Information Systems & Technology programme is made up of five core modules, three elective modules and a final project. All the electives are studied in the second term. You will take core and elective modules in three main streams: information, systems and technology. The third term is reserved for the project.

Modules include hands-on lab-based tutorials, group work seminars and presentations. You will learn technical skills in SQL, JavaScript and PhP, as well as design skills using UML. You can pursue a practical MSc project in an application area of your choice.

To find out more about the number of hours required, please consult the SMCSE programmes office.

Career prospects

As an Information Systems & Technology MSc graduate, you will be prepared for employment in information systems management roles within large and small organisations including:

  • Banks
  • Consultancies
  • The pharmaceutical and IT industries
  • Central and local government
  • The education and health sectors.

Previous graduates have secured employment in some of the most prestigious companies in the world including:

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Barclays Capital
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Visit the Information Systems and Technology (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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