Taught course

Business Information Systems

Institution
Royal Holloway, University of London · School of Management
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent. A background in business and management and/or computer science is preferred but not essential.

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

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.

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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 management knowledge and technical skills required by successful 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,400
International students
£17,500

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Dissertation30 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Helen McEwan - Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator
Email
helen.mcewan@royalholloway.ac.uk