• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    3 evenings a week part-time; up to 4 days a week full-time.

    October to September

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

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

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.

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Application deadlines and interviews

You should apply as early as possible.

Online application

Information Systems and Management (MSc) (Part-time)

Information Systems and Management (MSc) (Full-time)

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.
  • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

Course structure

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.

      Compulsory modules

      Option modules

      Dissertation modules

      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.

      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 (2016/7)

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

      Additional costs

      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.

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      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 these professions.

      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.

      Teaching and assessment

      Teaching

      Most subjects are taught in seminars and lectures.

      Assessment

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

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

      In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

      Further study opportunities

      If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems.