Taught course

Information Systems

University of East Anglia · School of Computing Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) with a substantial computing component. Equivalent qualifications and experience will also be considered. Basic knowledge of programming (Java) and database systems is assumed.

Months of entry


Course content

The design, development and management of large-scale computerised information systems, which are critical to organisations in the 21st century, brings major challenges and opportunities. The MSc Information Systems offers a flexible programme of study that aims to explore the industry and prepare the student for a career with a technical focus, or further study via a PhD.


The focus is on the complex social and technical issues involved in building and maintaining large information systems, drawing on ideas and techniques from a range of disciplines. The course grows your understanding of the issues in designing and developing information systems with a grasp of the fundamentals of rapid systems development, contemporary approaches, analysis and design, with the context and success factors required for successful information systems projects. You will also gain practical experience of e-commerce systems development.


You will take a number of taught modules covering technical and organisational aspects of the development, management and use of modern information systems. The choice of modules is made according to your academic background, experience and interests. You will complete a dissertation on a subject in the field of information systems, likely in collaboration with a company or organisation.


The School of Computing Science at UEA maintains close ties with industry professionals, with many of the student assignments directly seeking solutions to real world problems. The School utilises its internationally recognised research commercially, and graduates of this course often use taught technical and entrepreneurial skills to fulfil influential roles within the local and international community.


As a graduate from this course you can pursue a career in areas such as software engineering, systems analysis, IT management or general management with a technical focus. You can also choose to continue your education through a PhD to follow a career in industrial research or academia.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components); PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components).

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515