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Information Capability Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

Organisations operate within increasingly unpredictable, competitive, constrained and demanding environments. Information is crucial to their success as it is required for decision making at all levels. Consequently there is a need to understand the strategic importance of information and develop agile, effective and secure ways to exploit it to its full potential. To do this, effective information capability management must be developed throughout the organisation so that the right information is available to the right people at the right time in an effective, efficient and secure manner.

An appropriate infrastructure is required to enable effective information capability management to address strategic business needs. This is dependent on joined-up systems of processes, technology and appropriately skilled, competent and motivated people focused on delivering clearly understood business benefit. The Information Capability Management (ICM) MSc has been developed to address these important issues.


Skilled professionals are needed to enable organisations to realise the strategic benefits that successfully exploiting information can provide. Success in business of all types and in all sectors, both public and private, is dependant on:

•Understanding the value of information as a strategic asset
•Developing agile, effective and efficient systems that make this information available.
•Countering cyber threats with appropriate cyber security.

The internationally recognised Information Capability Management course successfully supports the development of these professionals. Students from Government departments, industry and other organisations within the UK and internationally come together to study and discuss issues and develop skills that will enable solutions now and in the future.

Key goals of the course are to provide students with postgraduate level education in order to:

•Develop in individuals an awareness of the management, user and supplier communities
•Recognise the stakeholder roles, needs and expectations within these communities
•Enable effective communication and a shared understanding between these stakeholders in order to meet capability objectives
•Master the principles and practice that underlie the delivery of effective, efficient and secure systems in various business spaces that exploit information in order to provide strategic benefit

Start date: Full Time: September / Part Time: January

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

Course overview

MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of twelve modules, followed by an individual dissertation in a relevant topic.

PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, but without the individual dissertation.

PgCert students must complete the core module (Foundations of Information Systems) together with five other modules.


Qualifications achieved by completing:
PgCert: Foundations of Information Systems and any five other modules
PgDip: All modules
MSc: All modules and the dissertation.

- Cyber Security and Information Assurance
- Dissertation
- Emerging Technology Monitoring
- Foundations of Information Systems
- Information Storage and Retrieval
- Methods and Tools for Information Systems Development
- Organisation Development
- Professional Issues
- Programme and Project Management for Information Systems
- Software Engineering (IS)
- Strategic Application of Information Systems
- Systems Architecture
- Data-led Decision Support
- Data Modelling, Storage and Management

Individual Project

The Individual Project is the opportunity for a student to utilise and demonstrate their understanding of the taught phase of the course by applying their learning to a real world problem. It is also an opportunity to develop skills and achieve a greater level of understanding in a specific area or areas of relevance to the course. Students are allocated a supervisor and have access to subject matter experts to support them in the project phase.


Spread throughout the programme and includes coursework, group presentations and examinations during the taught phase and for the MSc a research based dissertation.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to further senior career opportunities and to become one of the next generation of senior professionals delivering business benefit through exploitation of information with skills in appropriate areas including business analysis, strategy development and implementation, information assurance, cyber security, organisational development and strategic application of information systems.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Information-Capability-Management

Visit the Information Capability Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).
If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total


You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.

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