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MSc Information Systems

Course Description

Our Information Systems MSc blends recent advances in IT, the internet and web technologies with business applications, revealing how better information systems can increase productivity, improve decision-making and lead to a significant competitive advantage. Our MSc will equip you with the knowledge and methods to manage information technology within all types of business organisations.


Surrey's Information Systems MSc programme has a long-standing tradition of producing highly skilled experts who will assume responsibility for the planning, design and implementation of IT systems. Our programme will equip you with professional skills that would allow you to work as an IT consulter/manager, system architect/analyst, or software developer in any industry field that heavily relies on software and information technology.

The distinctive character of our Information Systems MSc is that the programme is suitable for students who wish to start a career in the IT sector without having a prior degree in computer science, as well as for students who have studied computer science and wish to expand their knowledge and acquire further skills across a broader range of computer science topics.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-systems

Module overview

Compulsory modules

- Information Systems Development

This module taught in Semester 1 provides an introduction to a set of practical techniques to aid the development of Information Systems. The module provides students with a sense for the diversity of computing systems in today’s world: more importantly, it gives an appreciation for the wide range of issues that are related to the development of Information Systems. Though the emphasis is on analysis and design skills, students will become familiar with the whole software lifecycle from user requirements through to implementation and testing.

- HTML5 and CSS3 for Mobile Applications

This module offered in Semester 1 will demonstrate the latest web standards based techniques for developing the client side of web applications. Responsive design techniques will be introduced to enable the client view to be rendered appropriately across all devices from smartphones, through tablets, to desktops and TVs. Techniques for interacting between client and server will also be covered.

- Database Systems

This module taught in Semester 2 first develops the necessary skills and familiarity for using use state-of-the-art technologies to design, implement and manage database systems. In addition, the module looks at three more advanced areas that build on relational databases, namely transactions and recovery, distributed databases, and business intelligence.

- Cloud Computing

This module offered in Semester 2 introduces key concepts and technologies behind Cloud Computing that are used in a variety of academic and industrial contexts (e.g. Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, Apache Hadoop, Eucalyptus, OpenStack, Condor). The module covers cloud computing architectures, systems, supporting software applications, and resource management and information services.

- Project Management and Business Strategy

This module taught in Semester 2 provides students with understanding and skills that are necessary to manage IT projects and operations in industry. In addition to theoretical foundations this modules illustrates tools and techniques for effective project management and assistance in various strategy forming processes.

- Information Security for Business and Government

This module offered in Semester 2 contains a series of lecture talks and is taught in the style of a seminar. The talks are given by security professionals from academia and industry on modern topics of information security and its applications.

Teaching and assessment

MSc programmes in the Department of Computer Science utilise our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities. We provide a range of learning experiences, including lectures, tutorials, directed study, practical laboratories and project work, which prepare graduates for their professional life.

We are particularly keen to develop, in all our students, a broad range of generic skills to complement the core technical or scientific competencies of their chosen subject area. Our modular programme format, coupled with the increasing use of innovative teaching and learning strategies involving e-learning, provides a flexible study environment whilst maintaining academic rigour and quality.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc Information Systems 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 .


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 Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or the international equivalent. They should have obtained a minimum 2.2. In exceptional circumstances, work experience may also be considered if the candidate has achieved less than a 2.2 in their first degree. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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