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MSc Business Information Systems Management

Course Overview

From revenue reports and customer data to figures used to forecast sales and analyse trends, the useful knowledge which organisations can gain from information systems is virtually limitless. Experts who can use the technology intelligently and creatively to add value to a business, combining technical ability with an understanding of an organisation\'s needs, are in high demand. This MSc Business Information Systems Management
course is designed to meet that demand.

This course will furnish you with the technical skills you’ll need to introduce, manage and improve information systems and knowledge management programmes within an organisation to increase its profitability. You’ll study three core modules – information systems strategy and management, information systems quality management, and regulation of electronic commerce and information technology, plus one of two optional modules: knowledge management strategies or data management for decision support. You’ll also undertake an independent project. The Information Systems Quality Management module gives our course a unique slant – no other institution offers a similar module.

The university has close links with industry – these have allowed them to develop a highly practical course, focusing on the skills employers tell the university they want. The university works with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, and we are a Cisco local academy and a Xilinx university partner – meaning Middlesex students have access to the latest equipment, and staff can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops. The award-winning technology centre has specialist network, software, digital and wireless laboratories equipped with industry-standard software and hardware.

Guest lectures from software engineers and managers give students an insight into how information systems are used in industry. In the past we\'ve had speakers from Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic and General Electric.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Business Information Systems Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition

    British Computer Society (BCS)

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees



    October & January

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

• A good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject.

• International students: equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification.

• Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience.

• Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

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 no less than 6.0 in any component. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, you may be able to take an intensive Pre-sessional English course.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level including MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

Your career prospects on graduating this course will be excellent, with a vast range of roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors open to you. You could also start your own business. Potential roles include systems designer, developer or analyst, IT manager or project manager, information systems manager, business analyst, quality manager, quality assurance engineer, knowledge engineer, information systems auditor, web developer or customer support advisor.



  • Information Systems Quality Management (30 credits)
  • Postgraduate Computing Project (60 credits)
  • Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (30 credits)
  • Information System Strategy and Management (30 credits)



  • Data Management for Decision Support (30 credits)
  • Knowledge Management Strategies (30 credits)


Assessment methods
You will be assessed through exams, your research project and other coursework, including research papers and extended abstracts, essays, reports, critical analyses of research issues, database exercises, posters, presentations and case study assignments. Some assessed work will be done in groups.  

In general, between 30 and 50 per cent of your mark for each module will be based on coursework, and between 50 and 70 per cent will be assessed through an exam. You’ll receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work. 


Aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Give students an understanding of theories and principles that are imported from different disciplines to underpin the development and management of web based Information Systems. These theories/principles include cognitive psychology, legal and regulatory theory, ethics and professionalism, systems theory and organisational theory
  • Enable the students to recognise the centrality of Information Systems to business and to society at large through studying critically recent developments in Information Systems in Organisations
  • Equip students with relevant knowledge and skills necessary to analyse and understand business, organisational, social, technical and regulatory issues relevant to the evaluation and management of information systems
  • Develop an awareness of web-based information systems development and enable students to make informed choices on specific information systems technologies, methods and tools, in context (organisational type, scope and complexity)
  • Equip students with the technical skills necessary to develop and implement strategies for the introduction and management of information systems and knowledge management programmes
  • Enable students to further their personal and professional development


Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of Information Systems within the context of underpinning systems theory, organisational theory, and core business principles necessary to evaluate and implement Information Systems in a variety of organisations
  • Critically evaluate IS/IT strategy in various organisational contexts, applying systems theory, and assess the social impact and management challenges which IS/IT systems bring to these organisations
  • Critically evaluate, measure and manage Information Systems quality
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legal ethical and professional issues related to the management of Information Systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and use of web-based applications
  • Assist organisations in developing effective Knowledge/data Management programmes to maintain competitive advantage in knowledge/data driven economies


Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Advise on the nature of Information Systems and their commercial possibilities
  • Apply various business and management theories in the development of suitable strategies for the introduction and management of Information Systems in various organisational contexts
  • Analyse, design, develop, implement, and evaluate web-based applications and use information in effective decision making
  • Advise on relevant legal, ethical and professional issues governing Information Systems and the use of Information Technology
  • Evaluate, select and manage Information Systems
  • Identify critical Information Systems and Knowledge Management Systems success and failure factors and manage their quality  


Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Select and use a variety of modes of discourse for effective communication, including graphical, written and oral, according to the needs of the intended audience
  • Perform effectively as a member of a team in complex and diverse working environments that may arise where members of a team are brought together from diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of European and global integration
  • Deploy advanced techniques and solutions from one specialised field of computing to another and from one complex problem situation to another
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of, and the ability to deploy effectively, a wide range of learning methods resources and technologies
  • Manage their own learning and development demonstrating time management and organisational skills at a professional level
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in learning and problem-solving in familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • Appreciate the need for continuing professional development in recognition of the need for lifelong learning



What you will learn from modules of this MSc

Information Systems Quality Management

This module is at the heart of Software Engineering Quality Management and aims to impart the knowledge and skills for the Engineering, monitoring, and improving information systems. Engineering good quality software products benefits from a controlled and managed development process.

Managing the complexity of organisations and the complexity and proliferation of information systems and their many failures demand specialised knowledge and skills. In particular, quality assurance engineers, project and systems managers and auditors need the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess both the software process and software artefacts in order to provide guidance and leadership for their improvement. The quality manager also needs to have the knowledge and skills for evaluation and selection of appropriate process models, methods, tools and human resources.


Postgraduate Computing Project

To give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake work that is independent - shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences; complete - accomplished from conception to delivery, via all stages in between; technically competent - employing techniques and exploiting knowledge gained during earlier parts of the programme; professionally and ethically compliant; supervised - working under the guidance but not instruction of a member of academic staff; academically sound - taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in the chosen specialist area.


Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology

This module focuses on the regulation of electronic commerce activities and associated technologies. It gives students an understanding of regulatory frameworks for electronic technologies and the underlying legal principles which govern electronic commerce.

The module critically examines the role of regulation in the commercial context of electronic transactions and how such regulation applies to these transactions. Legal and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, conducting business online, privacy, jurisdiction are among topics covered. In addition to the above, the module covers regulation in the broader context of professional and ethical issues relevant to the use of information technology.


Information System Strategy and Management

The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS should be part of an organisation's strategic planning.

This module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the Internet as the medium. Data management systems are now the central software of enterprise systems and the driving force behind e-commerce.

This module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. The aim of the module is to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner. This module also aims to give students the knowledge of how to use and manage information systems to bring value to the organisation.


Data Management for Decision Support 

Data management systems are now the central software of most industrial data processing applications and the driving force behind Business Information Technology and E-Commerce.

This module covers the concepts and theories of managing industrial data such as implementation of large volume data storage, preserving data quality, data preparation for dimensional modelling. The module also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, i.e., data cleansing, data segmentation and data transformation, to discover knowledge from data warehouse.

This module presents state of the art technologies that support decision-making and provide problem solving capabilities to managers in industry. The module is designed to give an introduction into the theory of decision-making and management and some of the most widely used contemporary methods enabling modern decision support systems. In particular, the module explores theories in the domain of management decision making, for example, linear models, utility and decision-making under uncertainty.

The module provides students with an opportunity to examine how data management techniques can be applied in business information systems to enhance the decision making power of managers. The module also equips students with sufficient understanding of the current theory of decision making and its applications that address modern and future business needs.


Knowledge Management Strategies

To maintain competitive advantage in the knowledge economy, organisations need a knowledge management strategy. The aim of this module is to enable participants to draw upon the latest theory and practice in knowledge management to be able to assist organisations in developing knowledge management systems that nurture and exploit business, social and technological aspects of the organization.