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MSc Information Systems

Course Overview

Learn how to apply IT to business and gain a qualification accredited by the British Computer Society. On this business-orientated course, you will gain IT knowledge and apply it to practical projects. These projects are based on industrial case studies and include one real-world client brief, giving you invaluable industry experience.

This course would be suitable if you have already studied a degree in information technology but would like to develop a more business-focused career, or if you have studied a subject outside of computing but are looking at starting a career in IT. Equally, if you already have professional IT experience, but would like to gain a qualification to enhance their career, you would also be well suited to this course.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Information Systems

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Brighton

    Professional recognition

    British Computer Society (BCS)

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom


    12-18 months

    Tuition fees

    £14,400 (Scholarship available)


    September & February

    Work placement


    Course location

    Moulsecoomb campus, Brighton

Academic entry requirements

Honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Progression route

Further academic study of MPhil, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have taken up posts as consultants, systems analysts, web developers, information managers, software designers and project managers.

Employment opportunities include software development companies, IT consultancies, IT departments of large organisations and local authorities.



  • Business and Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Databases
  • Research Methods


Option modules and theme

There is a choice of optional modules, which can be taken individually or grouped to create a theme. Typical themes are:

  • Web Application Development
  • Business Intelligence and Digital Marketing
  • Security
  • User Interaction Design


Modules in focus

Business and Information Systems 
This module provides a perspective on the role and uses of IT in business.

Systems Analysis and Design 
In this module you will develop the skills necessary for the specification and design of an information system.

This module equips you with an understanding of contemporary database management systems and how they are used to store company data. You will also explore how a company can search, report and analyse this data.

Research Methods 
This module gives you the opportunity to participate in the professional or research community and to explore a current topic.


Course structure

Students can join the course in September or February, and study between one and three modules at a time depending on whether they are full or part-time. Assessment is based on coursework assignments.

Most of the modules are taught over a 15-week semester and include teaching, independent study and assessment.

The course consists of three core Information Systems modules, the Research Methods module and two or three optional taught modules.  

The course culminates in a three month project in industry which provides valuable experience of working and applying your newly acquired knowledge in an IT environment.

The optional modules and the project account for over half of the course and enable you to tailor the course to reflect your personal and professional interests.