MSc Business Information Technology

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Closing the gap between expert technology practitioners and generic managers to help deliver successful information systems.

  • Napier code:

    56726MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Making the right decisions about how to use technology becomes more and more critical, and that’s why there are great career opportunities for graduates who have skills in technology management. At the end of the course, you will be able to examine the characteristics of business information systems, how they are designed, and how they can be successfully implemented in the working environment.

The course is suitable for individuals with a management background wishing to specialise in information system technology or technology specialists wishing to move in to managerial roles.


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You will focus on how these systems work, how the requirements for them are established and how they are designed and developed. You will gain an overview of the importance of systems to organisations as well as gain technical and communication skills which the industry values.

You will learn about information systems management and development in organisations, and how to design and implement information systems solutions.

You will also gain transferable skills in project management, time management and communication. This course is studied full-time over one year or part-time

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Required modules include:

  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Security, Audit and Compliance
  • Management of Software Projects
  • Enterprise Information Systems with SAP

Plus two modules chosen from:

  • Strategic Information Systems Management
  • Database Systems and Computer Systems
  • Digital Business Environments
  • Web Design and Development

Achieving an MSc requires completion of six modules and a dissertation. Complete 3 modules to gains a PG Certificate; complete 6 modules for a PG Diploma.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

The variety of Business Information Technology elements offers a strong vocational focus.

After graduation, you can expect to be involved in both academic and practical fields in widely diverse areas of Business Information Technology, including:

Career opportunities

  • Interactive systems design
  • Usability engineering
  • Information engineering
  • Software engineering
  • IT project management
  • IT consultancy
  • Networks design/analysis/management
  • IT security
  • Database design
  • Implementation


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme, but preferably with some computing, information systems or a business component.

We may also consider lesser qualification if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

  • English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

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Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Computer Systems ( CSN11108 )

Key features of PC-based systems: Motherboards, hub chips, processors, RAM and cache. Basic processor operation: the fetch execute cycle and interrupts. Principles of operating systems: virtual memory and multitasking. Case study: the Windows operating system. Main features of local area networks and the Internet: Ethernet, wireless networks, the Internet Protocol. Introduction to some of the main network devices, such as switches and routers.

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Database Systems ( SET11101 )

Database architecture and functionality, data analysis and entity-relationship modelling Normalisation to third normal form SQL and relational algebra The role of a Database Administrator (DBA) Practical exposure to current software tools Current trends in database technology

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Digital Business Environments ( INF11114 )

Digital business models and revenue models. Digital business strategy process models and their use. Online marketplace analysis. The role of ‘Search’ and ‘Social’ ecosystems in the online environment. Assessment of e-Procurement and digital supply chains. Mobile platforms and location-based services. Design approaches for online channels and touchpoints. Privacy and trust issues. Legal and regulatory frameworks for digital business.

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Digital Markets ( IMD11108 )

The module simulates a contemporary commercial innovation cycle for Digital Media. The module has a non-traditional contact pattern, emulating the nature of innovation for the digital marketplace. The first few weeks provide a wide range of underpinning in human issues in technology innovation models – from Griliches (1957) through Gaines & Shaw (1986) and Moore (1999) to the current approaches in design innovation discussed by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission and eusset.eu. The middle weeks involve lighter contact – principally group project supervision, in the course of planning and carrying out a group coursework based on industry standard methods in ISO 13407 (currently being amended to be ISO9241-210). A final 3-week phase prepares the learners and their groups to participate in “dragon’s den” type pitches to an audience including local entrepreneurs, and focus on defining, protecting and exploiting digital media intellectual property, the market appeal and the business model. Thus learners will learn about defining, protecting and exploiting intellectual property, cost-modelling, business planning, concept development, pitching, and presentation. A final reflective phase will allow the learner to contrast their experience with past Edinburgh Napier commercial collaborations and spin-out activity, evaluating all of this in the context of both the MIT/Stanford approach to innovation in digital markets (e.g. Smith et al, 2001; Preston, 2004) and contrasting European human-centred approaches in (Mootee, 2007; McEwan et al, 2004, EUSSET.eu, 2008). This leads to being able to critique the effectiveness of state-initiatives (e.g. NESTA 2008) in Scotland to support digital markets in for example, Digital Media, ICT, Security and Sustainable Transport

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Enterprise Information Systems with SAP ( INF11108 )

The aim of this module is to develop a deep understanding of enterprise information systems and their role in business processes. It includes • Evaluation of the impact that Enterprise Information Systems can have within organisation business processes • As an assessment of the impact that they have on the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations and supply chains • Fundamentals of business intelligence, such as data warehousing and data mining The module uses SAP R/3 to give students an appreciation of the nature of large scale integrated information systems, and to consider aspects of their use and characteristics. It also provides an opportunity to practise data analytical techniques.

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Information Systems Engineering ( SET11106 )

Approach: Lectures will present both theory and practical examples. Tutorial exercises will support the development of modelling skills and practical, computer-based sessions will develop both modelling and development skills Theory: Project overview, life cycles and methodologies Requirements elicitation, modelling and specification The Unified Modelling Language (UML) Testing theory Practical: Developing and assessing simple applications using system construction tools such as Content Management Systems (CMS)

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Management of Software Projects ( INF11103 )

Managing project start-up through project requirements evaluation and project planning techniques. Comparing and contrasting big up front and appropriate design approaches Comparative analysis of software project management approaches and Bodies of Knowledge (BoK) applied to software development projects The assessment of project risk management approaches and metrics for project monitoring and control within an agile project management approach. Analysis of software development process improvement approaches through Agile software standards and maturity models Evaluation of software development teams and group dynamics as key factors in the successful delivery of projects Utilisation of a tailored project management methodology such as Scrum or XP to manage the delivery of an assessment instrument

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Masters Dissertation ( SOC11101 )

The work for this module comprises the completion of an individual research project. Each student is assigned a personal Supervisor, and an Internal Examiner who monitors progress and feedback, inputs advice, examines the dissertation and takes the lead at the viva. There are three preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation: (1) Project proposal (2) Initial Report including time plan and dissertation outline

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Security Audit & Compliance ( INF11109 )

The aim of the module is to let you develop a deep understanding of the framework that information security operates in, and to give you an opportunity to express this in the form of professional written reports. Topics covered include: • Overview of relevant laws and regulations: national and international, covering Data Protection, computer misuse and other legal issues. • The relation between governance models and frameworks including: ISACA’s COBIT and ISO Standards (ISO27000 in particular) • Role of the professions; difference between audit, forensics and security management. Professional ethics and codes of practice • Risk management, contingency and continuity planning • Understanding and application of the COBIT domains

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Strategic Information Systems Management ( INF11115 )

Evolving role of strategic IS/IT systems; Management of strategic IS/IT systems; Processes for developing effective IS/IT strategies; Alignment of IS/IT strategies with business strategies; Innovating with IS/IT systems; Strategic IS/IT systems for competitive advantage; Tools & techniques for building IS/IT strategic capabilities; Evaluating & justifying IS/IT systems; Managing a portfolio of IS/IT applications. Positioning & managing strategic IS/IT systems.

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Web Design & Development ( SET11112 )

Current ideas on web page design; Document Object Model (DOM); Document Type Definitions (DTD); web page construction using appropriate IDE tools such as Eclipse; HTML coding; client and server side scripting; database connectivity using PHP & MySQL; Cascading Style Sheets

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

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