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MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis

Course Description

This programme is designed to give you an expert understanding of how information systems support the business and its operations. Through its specialist career pathway, the programme gives you in-depth knowledge and experience to prepare you for a range of careers in IS consultancy, business analysis and management.

The programme equips students with the technical, organisational and people skills needed to develop business systems and manage Information Systems projects in practice. A core workshop module allows students the opportunity to act as consultants, creating a fully working information system within a realistic but supportive environment.

Core modules

Foundation in Business Systems
Developing Business Systems Workshop
Managing Projects
Learning, Skills and Career Development
Applied Research Methods

Optional Modules

Data Mining & Business Intelligence
Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
Enterprise Resource Planning
Information Systems Management
Operations Management
Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
Strategic Global Outsourcing & Offshoring
*Please note: All pathways may not run, depending on numbers.

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.

Course Director

Mr Paul Bocij, BA (Hons), PGCert (SSRM), MPhil, LCGI, MBCS, CITP, FIfL
Paul Bocij is a Teaching Fellow in Aston Business School, specialising in ICT, information systems and e-business. He is the author of numerous books related to technology and is one of the writers behind Business Information Systems, one of the UK’s most successful text books. He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a member of the British Computer Society. His industry experience spans more than twenty-five years.

Career Opportunities

The programme aims to prepare you for a range of specialist careers as consultants, managers and business analysts. Due to the importance of information systems in all organisations, the programme will also prepare you well for general organisational and project management careers.

Previous graduates of similar programmes have secured career development roles in major organisations such as Deloitte, UBS and Jaguar Land Rover.

Personal Development

The MSc in Information Systems and Business Analysis is designed to develop the key knowledge and competencies which are valued by international employers in related professions. These include:

Analytical and problem solving skills
Dealing with clients and managing relationships
Delivering projects which meet business requirements
Time management and organisational skills
Interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to be effective in an international team-working environment.

In addition to the specialist modules, all students follow an integrated Learning, Skills and Career Development module which provides you with the tools and skills for linking your learning on the programme to your employability, career planning and continuing personal development.

Visit the MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis page on the Aston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Andrea Hill

2522.jpg "Aston Business School has a very good reputation. There is a good range of optional modules enabling students to specialise in the areas of interest and the core modules provide a good, broader knowledge of business and the industry."


Aston Excellence Scholarships (All MSc Programmes) - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £1,500


Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the website. The completed form must then be emailed to [email protected] Please note that all forms must be completed in full those recived with missing information will not be assessed.Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls short of these requirements.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £ 9,350 (2015 fee) International: £13,800 (2015 fee)

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