2 years part-time or 1 year full-time
3 evenings a week part-time or 4 days a week full-time, October to September
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;
- 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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Focuses on information systems project management.
- Provides graduates with a first degree in information systems, computer science or management, with opportunities to deepen and broaden their knowledge.
- Develops appropriate foundations for continuing on to an MPhil/PhD in information systems or technology management.
- You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, databases, and project management and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
You take a mixture of computing, information systems and management modules selected according to your qualifications on entry. The choice of an implementation project or research dissertation is open to all students completing the taught requirement.
The following two modules are compulsory for all students: Information Systems; and Project Management for Informatics.
The Introduction to Software Development module is compulsory for students without a computing or information systems degree or appropriate experience, and may be taken as an option by other students.
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.
- Cloud Computing
- Computer Systems
- Data and Knowledge Management
- Database Management
- Digital Creativity and New Media Management
- Fundamentals of Computing
- Geovisualisation and WebGIS
- Information and Network Security
- Innovation Systems: Networks and Social Capital
- Innovation: Management and Policy
- Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness
- Interactive Systems (IRS)
- Internet and Web Technologies
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- Introduction to Software Development
- Introduction to Software Development
- Principles of Organization and Management
- Research Methods in Management (Postgraduate)
- 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
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
International entry requirements
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 4250 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 8475 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:
The Prince2 module is an optional element of this programme, which may incur an additional cost.
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Most subjects are taught in seminars and lectures.
Assessment is by dissertation or project, written examinations and coursework.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in information systems management, consultancy, and research. Possible professions include information systems manager, management consultant, or systems analyst. This degree can also be useful in becoming a logistics and distribution manager or IT consultant.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
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How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
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Application deadlines and interviews
You should apply as early as possible.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
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