The MSc Management and Information Systems develops your understanding of the interaction between IT, organisation and people behaviour to prepare you for managerial positions in business operations and ICT projects. Graduates of this course play a crucial role in integrating the language and practice management and technology in business.
A major knowledge gap exists between managers in industrial, commercial and governmental organisations who need to run the business but are confused by the IT systems, and the 'techies' who deliver working IT solutions but are not addressing the business needs.
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.
The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.
A key element of the Master's programme is the project work undertaken.
The individual research project is either industrially or Cranfield University driven. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability, the ability to think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in manufacturing. The projects are sponsored by industrial organisations.
Companies that have recruited and sponsored project work include 3M Health Care, Airbus, Aston Martin, BAE Systems, BT, Chubb Security, Ford Motor Company, GEC, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Jaguar, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, Pfizer, Philips, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.
A dynamic element of the Manufacturing MSc programme is the project work undertaken by students. The Cranfield-Industry Team Project is an applied multidisciplinary group based activity. It provides students with the opportunity - while working in teams under academic supervision - to take responsibility for an industrially orientated consultancy type project. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets.
Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.
As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.
Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%
Individual project: 40%
Successful students go on to a wide-range of careers in manufacturing, logistics, IT, business systems analysis, manufacturing management consultancy, research and development, and academia. Opportunities are diverse and international, with graduates progressing to senior positions in industry.
For further information
On this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Management-and-Information-Systems
A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.