Birkbeck, University of London: Information Systems and Management (MSc)

InstitutionBirkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Computer Science and Information Systems
Telephone 020 7631 6719
Study type Taught


This mid-career Master's degree in information systems and management is designed for those with a degree in information systems, computing or management; or those with extensive experience in the use of information systems in organisations, or the management of IT. It will build on your understanding of information systems and management, offering the opportunity to study at an advanced level within or across several areas, including information systems project management, development and change management, and computing-based innovation.

Students who complete the programme successfully will have gained an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in their chosen area of study, which they will be able to use in: analysis of problems; evaluation of technology options; deployment of appropriate solutions; and research into, or development and deployment of, new information-based technologies.

The use and management of information systems in organisations is emphasised. For those entering with management qualifications, study of information systems development and related material is required.

4 course options

Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A good Bachelor's degree in computing, information systems or management. Joint honours graduates in 2 of these fields are particularly welcome. Applicants without the specified degree-level qualification but with significant information systems development experience will also be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.


Assessment is by dissertation or project, written examinations and coursework.


You choose from a selection of option modules to complete the programme requirement (subject to availability and agreement by the programme director).

This list of modules is not exhaustive and you may request to take other relevant modules from the Master's programmes of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems or the Department of Management, subject to availability and approval by the programme director.

Please note that not all option modules may be offered every year. Note also that, in any one year, some modules may be offered only during the day or only in the evening.
Compulsory modules:

Information Systems;
Project Management for Informatics .

Optional modules:

Cloud Computing;
Computer Systems;
Data and Knowledge Management;
Database Management;
Digital Creativity and New Media Management;
Fundamentals of Computing;
Information and Network Security;
Innovation Systems: Networks and Social Capital;
Innovation: Management and Policy;
Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness;
Internet and Web Technologies;
Introduction to Software Development;
Principles of Organization and Management;
Research Methods in Management I;
Search Engines and Web Navigation;
Semantic Web;
Software Design and Programming;
Strategic Information System Planning;
Strategic Information Systems;
Strategic Management (Postgraduate);
The Creative Industries: Theory and Contexts .

Dissertation modules (choose 1):

MSc Dissertation;
Project for MSc in Information Systems & Management .

Location Bloomsbury Campus
Malet Street


International 14450 GBP for Year 1
EU 8475 GBP for Year 1
England 8475 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 8475 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 8475 GBP for Year 1
Wales 8475 GBP for Year 1

Birkbeck, University of London

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