The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and its use in key business and organisational settings. This course is open to those who have not studied management or technology based qualifications previously.
The course has been designed to:
- Respond to the increasing need for greater understanding of the role advanced information and communication technologies plays in the workplace and at home.
- Address the need for managers to understand and appreciate the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally.
- Enhance learning, employability and reflexivity in line with international educational standards.
Jointly taught by the School of Management and the Department of Computer Science, you will have the opportunity to study a range of elective units, including those from our world-renowned Information Security Group.
See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscbusinessinformationsystems.aspx
Why choose this course?
- This programme is a unique joint hybrid offer of courses run by the School of Management and the Department of Computer Science.
- You will explore up-to-date research into new ways of working, enabled by advanced information and communications technology and its profound impact on organisational life in general.
- Industry connections have informed the content and design of the course. External contacts in both academia and industry enrich the programme of seminars and guest lectures, which are an integral part of the course.
- Directly relevant to current business sectors and technology
- Our students come from an international community and with interdisciplinary qualifications and experience. They graduate as ‘hybrid’ managers, equally familiar with business and with technology aspects of modern organisations.
- Technological and business components are integrated to provide a sound, cross-discipline course.
- Teaching incorporates a mix of theory and practice in lectures and in practical, interactive sessions to provide you with the best grounding for post-study employment.
Department research and industry highlights
- There is a high degree of industry involvement in this course. Participant companies include Hewlett Packard, IBM, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and Arup Communications. These companies take an active interest in the course and form part of the panel that judges end of year student industry project presentations. We also involve other companies as guest lecturers in our sessions and enable our students to get to use latest communication technologies from companies like Tandberg.
- Staff members teaching in this course have undertaken consultancy in the areas of e-government and green IT. They also conduct research in cloud computing, agent technology, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction and others, often involving the course students.
Course content and structure
You will study six core units and and one elective units in Management and one or two in Computer Science over the first two terms. In the third term you will complete a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to analyse a complex problem by combining knowledge of both management and information technologies.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- the ability to evaluate critically current research and research methodologies within the fields of Management and Business Information Systems and Technologies
- the ability to apply critical methodologies in analysing Management and Business Information Systems and formulating effective solutions to relevant problems concerning IT systems planning and management
- the ability to make well-informed decisions when dealing with both tactical and and strategic issues of IT investment
- appropriate professional levels of attainment in information technology; production and analysis of quantitative data; oral and written communication of complex business information to both professional and non-specialist audiences; independent and team-working skills.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different business information systems-related areas, including:
- Business Analyst at Ford Motor Company
- Information Security Consultant at Barclays
- SAP HR Functional Consultant at Satyam Computer Services
- Business Analyst at Oracle
- Technology Consultant at Hewlett Packard
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications Analyst at Whitbread
How to apply
Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx
UK Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent. A background in business and management and/or computer science is preferred. Consideration will also be given to relevant professional qualifications and/or work experience. IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subscores.