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Information Systems MSc

Course Description

This programme aims to prepare students for a successful career in the IT sector, even if they do not have a prior degree in computer science. It enables students who have studied computer science previously to expand their knowledge and acquire further skills across a broader range of computer science topics.

Taught modules address mobile and cloud computing, big data and database systems, and the importance of information security, in relation to the foundational information systems principles.

This programme will equip you with professional skills that will allow you to work as an IT consultant/manager, system architect/analyst, or software developer in any industry field that heavily relies on software and information technology.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over three academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Prepare students for a range of computing related careers
  • Enable students to understand, design and apply information systems and software development technologies
  • Enable students to develop interest and basic skills for doing research in computer science
  • Enable students to realise their full potential for learning and communication
  • Enable students to appreciate rapid innovation and creativity in computer science

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain an understanding of:

  • The principles of information systems and software development
  • The principles and applications of contents technologies
  • The practice of information systems and software development
  • The professional issues involved in the exploitation of computing
  • The areas of emergent and innovative computing technologies
  • The key research issues in information and software systems

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the requirements of the users of software systems / applications
  • Succinctly present, to a range of audience, knowledge relevant to the building, testing and deployment of a system
  • Research and develop solutions through the application of systems analysis / software engineering methods

Professional practical skills

Students will gain the ability to:

  • Specify, design and develop software systems and applications
  • Critically evaluate software systems and tools
  • Work as a member of a development team
  • Communicate with potential and actual users and to understand their needs
  • Retrieve Information
  • Analyse data and present information in appropriate ways
  • Plan, research, manage and implement a major project

Key / transferable skills

Students will gain skills in:

  • Research and information retrieval skills
  • Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Self-learning skills
  • Effective use of specialist IT facilities
  • Continuing professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Visit the Information Systems MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Arati Gurung

1779.jpg After a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Pokhara Engineering College, Nepal, I started my career as a Java programmer in a software company. A deep passion for knowledge inspired me to undertake an MSc in Information Systems. The course provides a blend of technical and managerial skills relevant to today’s business market.

Surrey’s academic reputation and status as a research-led institution confirmed my belief in the University. I think that people stay in education to evolve their knowledge base or to increase their career prospects. In my case, it was both.

Graduating from Surrey is a matter of great pride for me. A Surrey degree combined with my past work experience make me confident of finding a job in the UK. The University is a home away from home. Although I am thousands of miles away from Nepal, I have been able to quench my thirst for knowledge in a safe and friendly community.

Surrey is a melting pot for thousands of students coming from different parts of the world with one goal – to enhance their academic knowledge. The teaching staff throughout the Department of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences are second to none.

Without their guidance and support, I would not have achieved all that I have. It’s a pleasure to have such enthusiastic staff at the University of Surrey.

(Student Profile)

George Kapetanios

"I received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete in Greece. I’m now studying an MSc in Information Systems within Surrey’s Department of Computer Science.

"I’m passionate about developing software and have a real desire to see the managerial and theoretical side of computing. Deciding to come to Surrey to study Information Systems was a natural choice for me as it’s one of the best universities in the UK, and I thought that the Department’s research fields and range of modules will give me an edge over other candidates from other universities. I was a bit terrified at first at coming to a new country, but as I got to know my colleagues, who were wonderful, and with the warm welcome that I received from staff and lecturers, Surrey started to feel like home in no time.

"Some of my favourite modules include ‘Information Security Management’, ‘Challenges for Computing Professionals’ and ‘Project Management and Business Strategy’. The project management module enabled me to participate in the organisation and execution of a conference and I even got to meet an IBM project manager and chat with him, one-to-one.

"I’ve regular meetings with my supervisor regarding the progress of my dissertation. I’m extremely grateful for their availability, willingness to answer questions and also want to stress that it’s not just the supervisors who are good at communication – all lecturers within the Department are more than happy to chat and discuss the subject with you.

"As for the future, I could either take a PhD to progress in university teaching, or apply my knowledge within specific companies. I’m in a great position as Surrey has prepared me well for a career in academia or industry. Acting as the course’s representative also enabled me to represent my colleagues and improve my people skills."

(Student Profile)

Marios Shiatis

One of the things I liked most about Surrey was the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas with lecturers, which really inspired me and helped me to succeed in my career.

I currently work for Cyprus Research and Innovation Center (CyRIC) and previously worked as a Software Developer at Qobo as part of a team that develops Cloud, Web and Android Applications, taking on tasks such as implementing web services that transmit information among systems or developing extensions on popular web platforms.

I would advise anyone who wants to develop their ability as a software developer to consider studying at Surrey.

The Masters course I took – MSc Internet Computing (now replaced by an updated course, MSc Information Computing) – helped me develop my programming skills rapidly across the most popular web frameworks such as Spring MVC and Django.

Demanding modules like Cloud Computing and Collective Intelligence really give you the opportunity to push your boundaries and advance your coding abilities.

The course enables you to get familiar with all the new technologies in the field, preparing you to face the challenges of a demanding working environment.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a first degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or the international equivalent. They should have obtained the degree at 2.2 level or higher.
In exceptional circumstances, work experience may also be considered if the candidate has achieved less than a 2.2 in their first degree.

Last Updated

15 August 2017

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