Royal Holloway, University of London

Business Information Systems

The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and its use in key business and organisational settings. Graduates will have the specialist scientific and technological expertise as well as research skills to be able to develop or further their careers as business IT practitioners, "hybrid" managers or multidisciplinary researchers. This programme is suitable if you don't have a management or technology based qualification.

Through the course you will understand and appreciate the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally and find out how to respond to the increasing need for greater understanding of the role advanced information and communication technologies plays in the workplace and at home.

The multidisciplinary curriculum spans a variety of topics, such as: technology management, system design, organisational behaviour, business strategy, and marketing. You will learn about the central issues in designing and managing business information systems and in assessing the role of IT in the globalisation of business activities; as well as develop an understanding and appreciation of the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally.

You will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and will work closely with our expert and experienced academic staff.

+ Unique programme which combines the mangement knowledge and technical skills required by successfull hybrid managers in contemporary organisations .

+ Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as; enterprise systems e-business, knowledge management, business intelligence and cyber crime.

+ Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.

Entry requirements

UK Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent. A background in business and management and/or computer science is preferred.

Consideration will also be given to relevant professional qualifications and/or work experience.

English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subscores. If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

Graduates in other disciplines such as social sciences, media and engineering, with relevant work experience will be considered. Those who have studied alternative disciplines to management or business should take the 'Foundations of Modern Management' unit during Induction Week to obtain the background knowledge required for this course.

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master's Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

Additional requirements:
A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:
- Students should be curious, confident and dedicated individuals, able to work in teams, analyse complex problems and integrate management and technology elements in their solutions.
- They need to be adaptable to different cultural and working environments, with a holistic view of how organisations can make the best use of existing and new information systems and technologies.
- They should also be ethically aware of the value of data, information and communication, and of good ethical practices and codes.

Course modules

People and Technology, Information System Design, Development and Management, Information Systems Theory and Practice, Database Systems, Internet and Web Technologies, Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods and Dissertation. A range of optional modules are also available.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 10,050 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time £ 17,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 17,500 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 10,400 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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