MSc Information Systems

Master the systems behind business success.

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This conversion course is aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline.

Whatever their product or service, their aims or agendas, any large organisation today counts on the systems that move, store and process information in one form or another. This course will help you master those systems. 

With us, you’ll explore databases, object-oriented programming, systems analysis, networks, digital media systems and information systems strategy. It’s a conversion course, designed to let you move into the field from another discipline or – if you’ve already made a start on your career in this area – to develop vital skills to drive your professional progression.

To start with, you’ll learn the principles and practice of object-oriented and web programming, how to develop and support digital media systems development, and the key aspects of strategic and project management in this field.

Then you can chart your own direction – choosing to study a topic like mobile computing or emerging enterprise technology before you tackle your masters project. You’ll have plenty of support along the way, but it’s a solo project designed to develop confidence, autonomy and self-sufficiency – qualities that can take you far in the workplace.

So, by the time you leave us, you’ll be ready to develop programmes, analyse systems, harness databases, manage IS projects and lead strategic planning. In other words, you’ll be equipped for a wide range of roles within information systems. 

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Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Information Systems is a field that’s vital for large-scale organisations across a range of sectors, so it paves the way to a wide range of career paths – including database management and development, business analysis, programming and web development, to name a few.

Study with us and you’ll follow in the footsteps of graduates who have gone on to become software developers, web developers and more – working with the likes of Barclays, Autotrader, AZoNetwork and Realtime Despatch. Your masters could also provide a foundation for further studies – going on to do a PhD – whether staying with Manchester Met or going elsewhere.

You’ll have specialist support of our careers service from day one, and for three years after you leave us. Between the services available through the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology and the University’s Career Service, you’ll have access to everything from employer events and careers fair to employability skills workshops and dedicated advisors. 

Professional Accreditation

The School is an educational affiliate of the British Computing Society – the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK (BCS), a member of the Oracle Academy and an Academy for the Computer Technology Industry Association. Many of the School's degree programmes are accredited by BCS.

The School is also an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals who recognise our expertise in the field of information and cyber security. Mathematics degree courses are approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone with a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, whatever the subject. We might also consider your application if you a have a lower-level computing qualification, together with substantial professional experience in the field. 

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Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

Over the first two terms of your programme, you’ll cover three core units plus one option unit. So, as well as units covering areas like object-oriented programming and information systems management, you’ll also have the chance to explore a topic like enterprise programming, mobile computing or data management. Then, in your third term, you’ll tackle an in-depth masters project.

This course is taught full-time over 1 year and covers the following units:

Core units

  • Object Oriented and Web Programming
  • Information and Digital Media Systems
  • Information Systems Management and Strategy
  • MSc Information Systems Project

Option units, choose one from:

  • Enterprise Programming
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Data Management and Machine Learning

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Core Units


This unit allows all Masters students to complete an independent piece of research which is allied to their specialism, named award, employment aspirations and specific academic interests.

Object Oriented and Web Programming

An intensive programming course primarily  for non-computing graduates. Covers programming fundamentals, object oriented programming principles and practice; client server web application development principles and practice.

  • Programming fundamentals [10%] - Control constructs, operators, procedural abstraction, simple I/O and use of libraries; Data types: primitive types, constants, variables and arrays.
  • Object Oriented Concepts and Design [25%] - including class, reference types, object, instantiation, attributes, constructor, methods, overloading, inheritance, overriding, polymorphism; Design techniques using UML; Testing of object-oriented programs.
  • Advanced Object Oriented Topics [30%] - such as interfaces, collections, file and exception handling, user interfaces, event handling, graphics, Java database connectivity, Java servlets for building web-based applications and threads and their practical implementation; Use of integrated development environment (IDE); Documentation and coding standards.
  • Web Based Development [35%] - Networking and client server principles; HTML, CSS, processing data sent via the http protocol, scripting languages eg JavaScript, JQuery, JSON, basic client-server applications, implementation of security, user interfaces, database access via internet.
Information and Digital Media Systems

The aim of this unit is to develop students knowledge in the areas of Information and Digital Media Systems, and Databases, their development and support for business needs.

  • Evaluation of information systems [40%] - Evaluation and their relevance to businesses, legal matters, current and emerging trends underpinning the software development life cycle of data-centric information systems.
  • Database implementation [30%] - Use of a Database Management System (DBMS); DBMS internal management, and DBMS transaction processing.
  • Principles multimedia authoring [30%] - Scripting, user centred design, creation and evaluation of a simple multimedia application using an authoring tool.                                                                                                                 
Information Systems Management and Strategy

Examines key aspects of strategic and project management of IS/IT and explores links to corporate and business strategies.

  • The context and development of corporate and business strategies [30%]
  • Strategic planning of IS/ IT [30%]
  • Project Management [15%]
  • Issues relating to the internal and external sourcing of IS/IT products and services and the management of IT/IS investments [25%]

Likely Optional Units

Enterprise Programming

Examines key aspects of Distributed Programming and Software Engineering aspects of Enterprise level applications.

  • Distributed computing development [25%] - eg RMI, JMS, JNDI, Jini, Connection to remote services (eg JDBC)
  • Use of a variety of distributed object programming methods [20%] - eg Web Services, REST, SOAP, Ajax, Spring Framework
  • Object wrapping formats and APIs [10%] - e.g. XML, JSON etc
  • Cloud based software development [20%] - e.g. PAAS, SAAS, IAAS
  • Design Patterns, Refactoring, SE design techniques [25%]
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Provides an understanding of the issues, technologies and concepts in mobile and ubiquitous infrastructures, particularly in wireless networks, context-awareness, sensors and programming mobile devices.

  • Explore and evaluate mobile application development frameworks and tools: [50%]
  • Principles in wireless communications: [5%]
  • Research and practise in context and location awareness: [15%]
  • Interfacing to sensors: [15%]
  • Resource discovery and system configuration: [5%]
  • Design of pervasive computing systems: [5%]
  • Examining the literature related to the subject matter: [5%]
Data Management and Machine Learning

The aim of this unit is to develop the student’s knowledge in the areas of data management including online analytical processing; data architectures such as data warehousing and the process and application of machine learning algorithms to data.

  • Data Management Overview [15%] - Example content includes database modelling/querying (relational/noSQL), graph data modelling, applications.
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) [15%] - Including the representation of multi-dimensional views of data; Technologies and Architectures; Categories of OLAP tools, Business Intelligence Tools.
  • Data Warehousing [10%] - Methodologies, architectures, modelling techniques; Data Warehousing Project Management; The Extraction, Transformational and Loading Process;
  • Machine Learning Overview [10%] - The machine learning process, Applications of machine Learning.
  • Machine Learning Algorithms [50%] - For example, artificial neural networks, naïve bayes, decision trees, clustering, association rules, text mining, fuzzy systems, application, analysis and validation.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

Students are expected to behave in a professional and business-like manner when on placement or conducting projects with external partners.

Placement options

This MSc course is a short, intensive programme which doesn’t leave much room for a placement. But there are employers who might offer short-term internship opportunities. With our regular ‘meet the employer’ events, together with the support of our careers team, we’ll be there to help you make the most of any available opportunities. 

Department of Computing and Mathematics

Our Department of Computing and Mathematics is a vibrant community of staff and students, which prides itself on internal and external collaboration.

The department is committed to teaching and research that addresses societal challenges through disciplines like artificial intelligence, big data, computational fluid dynamics, cyber security, dynamical systems, the internet of things, smart cities, robotics and virtual reality.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Placement Costs


Professional Costs

Students can choose to join the BCS at any point in their study. It is not required but is useful. The annual charge is identified for every year there is also an option to take course membership for £57

Other Costs


Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses

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