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Information Systems Management MSc

Course Description

About the course

This broad-ranging course concentrates on the latest tools, techniques and practices of information systems management. Covering object-orientated programming, computer systems and networking, advanced database design, web systems, technology change management and integration, an much more, the course exposes you to the most recent developments in both the theory and the practice of modern information systems.

The Computing MSc, Information Systems Management MSc, Information Systems Management MSc and Information Technology MSc are very closely linked with a common first semester, giving you the option of changing between these courses before the Christmas vacation.

Course Structure


First semester (October - January)

• Object-Orientated Programming
• Database Systems and Design
• Computer Systems and Networks
• Systems Analysis and Design

Second semester (February to May)

• Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics
• Management of Information Systems
• E-Commerce Systems
• Human Factors in Systems Design

Third Semester (June to September)

During your final semester you will work on your project/ dissertation, chosen by you and agreed by your project supervisor. Part-time students normally choose to work on their project over an entire academic year.

Optional placement
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your project.

Teaching and assessment

The course can be studied either full-time over one year or part-time for two–six years, beginning in September each year (a January start date may also be available).

There will be two- or three-week vacations at Christmas and New Year (December/January) and Easter (March/April), and some students also take a brief break in June or July before completing their dissertation.

Teaching will include formal lectures, tutorials and laboratories. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation. Assessment will be by various group and individual methods including exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.

You will normally be expected to attend a two-week induction in September, to prepare you for modules taught in semester one.

Contact and learning hours

Full-time students will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week, and can expect to undertake around 24 further hours of self-directed independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation

Academic expertise

The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility is internationally recognised for its applied research expertise. In a world where individuals, businesses and governments increasingly depend on information and communication technologies, this acclaimed research centre is looked to for authoritative advice on their social, organisational and ethical impacts. Our experts collaborate with a range of worldwide partners assessing implications and shaping codes of practice.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students

Visit the Information Systems Management MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jehad Al- Amri

- Why did you choose faculty of technology (computing sciences and engineering) at DMU?

I did my masters degree at DMU and I know about the quality of it is academic services.

- What attracted you to study this particular degree/ How I came to start a degree:

I get a scholarship for PhD study in information system, and because I know already some academic member of staff that are interested at the same area of my interest, i.e. privacy, I contact the PhD program leader for an application.

- What were my best experiences on the degree:

I had opportunities to participate in a number of related modules either by just attending or voluntary as will as officially teaching. I had also opportunity to participate in organizing formal international workshop in my department. I also participate in non-academic activities such as been a member of the postgraduate research student association PRSA.

- Faculty facilities

I like been able to access almost all software and books I needed in my project.

- Support

Most of supervisors, tutors, member of staff, students and technicians are really cooperates.

- What were the strengths of the course in your view

Expert supervisors, accessible references and the academic environment

- How do I see the future

Develop my academic career as a lecturer and researcher in information system.

(Student Profile)

Luke Attwood

1725.jpg - Why did you choose MSc Software Engineering at DMU?

I had previously completed the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course at DMU, and had thoroughly enjoyed not just the content, but also the friendly and supportive environment created by my lecturers and the university as a whole. I felt that the MSc Software Engineering course would provide me with the wider ranging skills I required and enhance my CV to potential employers.

- What knowledge and experience did you gain on the course?

I have gained an understanding of the whole system life cycle with regards to analysing requirements and specifying systems, using this to create competent designs and then upon implementing a product, being able to safely test and maintain it. I feel that I am now capable of managing projects from start to finish and that I am able to give a company or organisation a fresh and innovative direction using the techniques and ideologies that I have learnt.

- Do you have any memorable experiences from your time on the course?

Certainly some of the most memorable experiences must come from being introduced to various professors and lecturers that are world- leading experts in their field. Other memorable experiences come from some of the topics and techniques that we were taught, most notably dependable and critical systems, where one error or failure could lead to loss of life. Seeing how to properly and safely specify and test such systems and knowing you could go out into industry and make a difference is a very satisfying feeling.

- What did you enjoy most about the course?

The content being taught is often completely cutting-edge and new and has been worked on by some of the world's leading researchers in that subject. I thoroughly enjoyed the innovative and cutting-edge technologies and techniques that we were taught.

- Do you have any advice to students who are thinking of studying this course?

I would fully recommend DMU to anyone interested in learning about industry leading technologies and being involved in a very friendly and supportive environment. My own experience has been incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling and I know that anyone taking on a Technology course will be rewarded by a fantastic high level of teaching, balancing theory and practical elements across a vast array of very interesting subjects. Anyone successfully completing the course can apply for CEng (Chartered Engineer) professional status and will thus be an asset to industry.


Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. If you don't have formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application individually.

Last Updated

16 January 2017

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