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.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
You should apply as early as possible.
Information Systems and Management (MSc) (Part-time)
Information Systems and Management (MSc) (Full-time)
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 2 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.
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.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
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.
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Funding and Financial Support
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.
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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.
Teaching and assessment
Most subjects are taught in seminars and lectures.
Assessment is by dissertation or project, written examinations and coursework.