The MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (MISDI) studies digital innovation in business and government across the world. It is an intellectually rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary programme that integrates established knowledge on the development and management of information systems with the critical study of emerging domains of digital innovation.
The internet and mobile technologies are drastically changing the ways we create and share information. Managers with the capability to capitalise on new digital developments, and manage the transformation of technological systems within organisations, are highly sought after in the job market. The MISDI programme will prepare you for key roles in the shaping of digital innovation and in the management of the business and social transformation that such innovation unleashes.
The programme involves research led, practice relevant teaching. Our learning approach places emphasis on theory and critical discussion of academic literature from across a range of scientific fields. We include social theories for understanding the processes of information systems and innovation and case studies for illustrating issues in particular instances of management and innovation practice.
Graduates of this programme go on to work in a range of organisations and sectors. These sectors include IT services; banking, financial services and accounting; consultancy; central and local government and research. In addition, our graduates work in a range of roles, including business analysts, management and IT consultants, innovation managers, IT support and project management positions. Many graduates channel the knowledge on global digital infrastructures provided by the programme to launch their own business as information service providers.
LSE is not for the faint hearted! Being at LSE is a demanding task, both on a social and academic level. The rich student life is very appealing, and one cannot prevent oneself from engaging in the activities, lectures and events. One learns to balance a very rich social life with the highest level of academic achievements, which consequently requires a lot of hard work. The LSE experience is "study hard and party hard". Coming from a computer science background, and having a highly specialised undergraduate degree, I wanted to diversify my education. The Information Systems Group at LSE appealed to me because most of its faculty came from a similar background to mine, and the ADMIS programme offers an advanced degree in science with elements of management and social science. Joining the IS Group gave me a different view of technology in the sense that it gave me a broader understanding of the social implications of the Information Technology field I had thought of as only a rigorous scientific discipline.
Before coming to LSE I talked to industry diplomats, senior managers and policy makers over a period of months and the great majority of my advisers were in favour of my pursuing the MSc in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems. LSE is not merely an academic institution; it's an extended family. Its collection of excellent industry researchers as faculty members will always be at the core of the LSE experience, and I was attracted by this single aspect. LSE has given me unique sense of thinking on social aspects of life.
I chose LSE because it offers a balanced programme with aspects of development and organisational management. The main principle of the ADMIS programme is that information systems are social systems within an organisational context. The programme offers flexibility by including a variety of course options depending on your long-term career aspirations. LSE has also given me the opportunity to practice beyond the classroom setting at various workshops held by world-class consultancy firms, giving me the chance to put my knowledge into practice. Whether you want to be a consultant or a developer this programme will equip you with the tools that you need to make a difference in the industry. After I complete my MSc I will be either working as a consultant or might pursue my PhD. As a graduate of LSE I have a plethora of options to choose from and I will be able to pursue my career in whichever Information Systems related field I choose.
Social theories and modern technology's 'soft' side fascinate me. The initial emphasis of the MSc ADMIS programme, which builds a strong conceptual foundation, is particularly intriguing. The MSc programme also provides me with practical guidance on how to put my ideas to work: I have learnt to give independent and objective policy advice to governments and businesses on ICT strategic planning and operational efficiency. The MSc ADMIS course offers me a wonderful opportunity to go beyond the ordinary Information Engineering path. With this advanced education, I will be able to appreciate better an organisation's needs, helping develop the technology necessary to ensure efficient and effective functioning. I also benefit greatly from the programme's diversity, both inside and outside the classroom, as it covers most areas of Information Systems, and its teaching is closely linked to new research in the field. In addition, my classmates' wide-ranging backgrounds prior to the course and their unique social science-oriented experience are invaluable elements of the MSc programme and open up new avenues of thought for me. After the MSc I would like to pursue my academic study of society and technology to an even greater depth by becoming a Research Associate or a PhD student in Information Systems. Eventually I intend to use this academic experience in my work on technology policy.
The aspect of the MSc ADMIS I like most is its critical approach to problems in information systems and its wider social implications. It allows me to balance my more deterministic engineering background with an interpretivist viewpoint. The lecturers here have not only changed my view of my profession, but also the way I see the world. I chose LSE because of its uniqueness. Few institutions provide the kind of studies regarding information systems that the LSE does. The LSE being at the cutting edge of research in the social sciences, I knew that I would get exposure to new ideas that challenge the establishment. Since arriving at LSE, I have liked best the international flavour of the student body and the vibrancy of student life (as demonstrated on Houghton Street on a daily basis!) I have also enjoyed being the Secretary of the RUN Society, which organises day trips and other outdoor activities for students. I have also taken advantage of the list of the most distinguished speakers on the LSE Public Lecture series. Following my MSc I would like to pursue a career in ICT policy research either in the public or private sector.
Unlike other IT courses, ADMIS focuses on people as opposed to technology and now when I think about it, technology is usually not the problem: its interaction with people is, and that is every IS manager's headache today. I wanted to join an institution with a worldwide academic reputation for excellence and I started looking around for a good university. I was fascinated with the enthusiasm with which my friend, an LSE alumnus, spoke of LSE and that helped me decide to join LSE. With LSE's diversity, I now appreciate many different cultures and feel I have become truly international.
LSE has the world's largest social science library. Study materials are available online and I can access them from the comfort of my residence. LSE has broadened my thinking and developed my analytical skills. I am now more confident because of the interactive nature of the course. I have learnt to question the norm and most importantly, it is my stepping stone to an international career in Information Systems. In addition, LSE gave me a full scholarship. It's been like a paid holiday in Britain!
I am considering a career in Information Systems advisory or consulting in one of the global firms. With LSE on my CV, I know I stand a great chance, judging by the number of head hunters already approaching me.
There are so many good things about studying at LSE, but I especially like the LSE Public Lectures and Events. LSE is such a great school with a high reputation in central London that it attracts many scholars and celebrities to give speeches almost every day. Thoughts and ideas clash and syncretise at the same time at LSE, which is unparalleled elsewhere. I particularly like the way the MSc ADMIS brings together subjects ranging from business management, software design and system security to social policy, development studies and socio-economics in one programme. It has helped me to generate a new perspective of seeing the world in the age of information and globalisation. I chose LSE because of its reputation, the best quality its academic staff offers, the fact that it is home to a high proportion of international students and finally the highly tolerant academic environment which fosters innovation and creative ideas. Teachers in my department and students from all parts of the world whom I have met at LSE have greatly influenced and helped me in setting my personal development path. It is only in this small but dynamic institution that people are brought closer to each other. It is only in this social science school that provides such a platform that fosters new ideas and thoughts. Studying at LSE has made me reflect upon myself, and I am thus more confident and determined in whatever I will be doing in the future.
Shan Shan Xiang
Apart from the world known reputation of LSE, the ADMIS programme has the highest rank in the United Kingdom, and also enables its graduates to stay and work in the UK for up to a year after they graduate under the SEGS scheme. It is therefore indeed an excellent and exceptional choice for international candidates like me who would like to participate in the UK financial industry for my future career. LSE is located in the central of London, and it is very convenient for both my day-to-day and academic life. As a foreign student, I feel everyone is treated and respected the same at LSE since the majority of LSE students are from abroad. One of the greatest things about LSE is the public lectures held every week that are available to all LSE students and staff. Here at LSE you might meet famous people such as the Indian and German Financial Ministers, the Head of The Bank of England, the Vice President of the Government of China and so on, and listen to their speeches. Another great thing is the facilities that are provided by the Information Systems Group; we have world-leading professors from different fields to teach us, we have the best electronic facilities to support our day-to-day study, and staff are always very keen to help with any problems. The diversity of cultures at LSE has helped me to develop my interpersonal and team working skills by working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. For my future career, I am interested to work in any area of a financial institution with particular focus on investment banking.
LSE is very famous for its research achievements in social and economic studies which easily made it the first choice for me in my career as a civil servant dealing with administration for industry and commerce. This programme offers a balance between the management and technical themes that have an impact on the practice and theory of information systems, and most of the courses are extremely suitable for someone like me who wishes to become a "hybrid manager". It has provided me with a new way of thinking about the management of information systems, a further understanding of innovation and technology management, and also a different view of the consequences of IT. Studying at LSE has cultivated my research ability which I think was my weakness before I came here. It provided me with a critical way of thinking and the methods to develop an argument. All of this makes me more self-confident and will help me a lot in my future development. I would also like to mention my personal tutor and all the other friendly teachers in the IS group. Their effective guidance and sincere encouragement provided me with the strength and courage to get through the first several months of my study in LSE. I am a Chevening scholar, and after my degree I'll go back to China and continue my work in the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce. My position will be changed but I don't know exactly how at the moment – I know my organisation expects a lot of me and will make me shoulder more tasks. I'm really willing to apply what I have learned at LSE to improve the efficiency and transparency of administration for industry and commerce.
2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline; English standard level; GRE/GMAT is not required but a strong score will benefit applicants
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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