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Information Systems and Technology (MSc)

Course Description

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional.

The course aims to develop:

* understanding of the characteristics of information systems, their management and technology, and their effective utilisation within organisations
* skills in evaluating and applying appropriate methods and technologies for representing, managing and disseminating information
* skills in contributing to information system implementation and management using sound principles
* an appreciation of the necessary legal, ethical and professional values appropriate to the provision of information services


Information systems are a key part of an organisation's IT infrastructure. IT professionals who can manage a business's information resources, and understand the technologies and systems that enable this are key to a modern enterprise's success.

A degree in information systems and technology will equip you with the skills to develop and maintain information systems that align with the strategic needs of any organisation. Rather than focusing on technical issues only, the course combines technological fundamentals with a systematic understanding of IT's broader business contexts, including human and organisational factors. The course exploits City's research expertise in both computing and information management to produce effective professionals with a broad understanding of IT underpinned by a firm grasp of key technical concerns.

Graduates are employed in a range of information systems roles in large and small organisations, including banks, consultancies, pharmaceutical and IT industries, central and local government, and the education and health sectors, for example. The course is also excellent preparation for doctoral (PhD) study.

Why study this course at City, University of London?

* The course provides an 'info-socio-technical' approach which combines information, systems and technology modules in a social and organisational context
* the MSc Information Systems and Technology has an excellent pedigree. From its inception nearly 30 years ago, it has evolved as the field has matured, benefiting from City's leading position as the university for business and the professions
* the electives have been selected from staff research interests and expertise to provide in-depth cutting edge approaches in selected areas, such as information retrieval, legal aspects, open source systems,and data visualisation, in a top-rated research department
* all modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment (Moodle). You will be able to access lecture materials and engage in discussions with student colleagues, teaching staff and the course team
* a flexible course design which caters for students with a range of disciplines and experiences, from home and overseas, who themselves contribute to a stimulating learning environment and experience
* London is a convenient location, with numerous career opportunities. City is close to the City of London, in an area associated with the creative industries, with access to national resources (such as the British Library).

- SAP Certification
* Extending our long established relationship with SAP, we now offer Certification training. MSc Information Systems and Technology students are now eligible to register for the SAP TERP10 Certification course at a substantial discount.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). Graduates from the course are exempt from the BCS Certificate, Diploma and Diploma Project.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/information-systems-and-technology

Course Content

This degree prepares you for a professional career in information systems and the business services they provide. It takes a broad view of how organisations use information to maintain competitive advantage using our expertise in computing and information management.

Read the full programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/178673/PSISTE-MSc-Information-Systems-and-Technology.pdf

Teaching and Assessment

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment.

This Master's in Information Systems and Technology is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months; daytime study).

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Modules are assessed in a number of ways, including coursework, examinations, presentations and multiple choice questions.


Internships offer an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive job market place. We have extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment in the IT industry.

Career Prospects

You will acquire both a broad and a deep understanding of the principles and practice of information, systems and technology (the three streams of the programme) in their application to human activity systems. You will take a core module in each stream which will consolidate and deepen your existing knowledge in any of these areas, as well as provide a springboard to the options. Other core modules embrace databases, and professional, research, evaluation and communication skills.

The electives provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the three streams, so that students have some flexibility in choosing areas of specialisation whilst retaining the breadth of study which has always been a characteristic of this programme.

If you are working part time in this area, the programme offers you the opportunity to consolidate and expand your knowledge and skills, combining your work and academic experiences in a mutually supportive way.

Full-time students may be seeking a career in this field or to enhance their existing prospects; the core modules and the choice of electives should enable them to tailor the programme to their individual needs.

Information systems are vital to all organizations of all sizes and in all economic sectors. There are a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from assessing the users' needs and requirements to the implementation of a new system to meet those needs. An understanding of the information in the system and the organizational environment in which it is located are important for an effective system, placing our graduates in an excellent position to apply their knowledge in the workplace.

Visit the Information Systems and Technology (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Alex Lambert, Technology Project Manager

I really enjoyed the IS & T course at City. The course covers a broad spectrum of technology subjects ranging from very technical to more business-centric areas. From this point of view, the course is perfect for anyone looking to start, or further, their career in technology. I really appreciated the way I could focus my learning on a specific area through the modular course design. I also enjoyed the opportunity to research a subject area in great detail via the dissertation. After completing the course I joined the graduate scheme of a large financial institution in the City of London.

(Student Profile)

Edwina Odiwanor

Edwina Odiwanor studied MSc Information Systems and Technology and currently works as a Senior Consultant at IBM.

What was the highlight of your time at City University London?
I was given the opportunity to take joint modules with other fields in computing which prepared me for multiple disciplines in Computer Science.

What was your favourite aspect of your course?
The favourite aspect of my course was being able to take a range of modules that covered Information Technology as a whole.

How did City prepare you for your chosen career path?
City gave me edge over other professionals by equipping me with the overall knowledge of Information Systems and Technology.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants should have basic competence and familiarity with mathematics and good professional English.

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