Taught course

Information Systems

University of West London · School of Computing and Engineering

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or equivalent in computing, or business or engineering with a significant level of computing.

We will also consider equivalent professional qualifications or a relevant HND provided you can demonstrate relevant work experience. In this case you will have to complete an interview with your application and some optional modules may not be available without a first degree in computing. All applications are considered individually.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

This MSc Information Systems course aims to give you a full understanding of how information systems (IS) are designed, constructed and integrated within organisations. Your studies will take into account the large, varied and distributed structures of IS today, with multiple devices in different locations being used to access systems.

We welcome students from different educational and professional backgrounds who have an interest in IS, and you will benefit from our highly supportive culture and extensive industry experience.

This MSc Information Systems will build on the knowledge and skills taught on traditional undergraduate computing courses. Expanding on this foundation, you will learn about the challenges and solutions for introducing IS into enterprises and organisations.

The success of any IS/IT strategy is largely dependent on specialists who recognise diverse business needs and understand how technology can support an organisation to achieve its goals. Your studies will cover system architecture and supporting technologies as well as the effective management and delivery of content and data.

If you have not studied computing at undergraduate level, this course also provides a route to engage with the world of information systems. It will help you gain a full understanding of how information systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology and its integration into an organisation.

The skills and knowledge that you will develop on the course, including those in practical work, report writing and critical academic writing, will prepare you to complete your final dissertation.

Throughout the course, you will have access to laboratories and dedicated information and communications technology (ICT) suites, as well as specialist networks and software, the University library and digital resources.

Extended Masters option

If you have an undergraduate degree, but do not quite meet the entry criteria for this course, you may qualify for our Extended Masters. You will take two extra modules to prepare you for the course and you must study full time. We also provide English-language support if you need it. Once you complete these two modules, you can progress directly onto the core Masters course.


You can also choose to take this course with a 24 week internship at a relevant organisation. Companies throughout the UK offer internship opportunities and, if you choose this option, you can gain workplace experience, develop new skills and connect with potential employers.

There are four main types of study that can be chosen during the internship, through employer engagement:

  • Software development study
  • Research-focused study
  • IS case-study
  • Project management study.

You will have an academic supervisor throughout the duration of your internship module. Regular supervisory meetings will take place at the university during this period as you work on your dissertation write-up before, during and after the completion of the internship.


To qualify for the award of MSc Information Systems, you must study six modules consisting of 20 credits; and a 60 credits dissertation module.

  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

Optional modules

One module from:

  • HCI for Information Systems
  • Mobile Web Component Development
  • Security Operation and Assurance
  • Machine Learning
  • Team Dynamics and Leadership.

Optional modules subject to availability.

Supporting modules

  • Employability Skills and Employment (for Internship students only)
  • Learning and Professional Development (for International students only)
  • Programming Support.

Internship option only applicable for September full-time intake. Extended Masters with Internship only applicable for May intake.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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