MSc Information Systems Development

Postgraduate, Part-time

Expand your understanding of information systems and their design and development.

  • Napier code:

    56711MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

All organisations require information systems to operate efficiently and competitively. This programme covers the techniques to effectively develop these systems.

The course is structured to develop your knowledge of information systems to an advanced level in a relatively short time and provide you with the skills employers require.


information systems development

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.

Develop an understanding of information systems management and development in organisations, and learn how to design and implement information systems solutions.

You will also gain transferable skills in project management, time management and communication. As a part-time student you will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time.

Subjects Include:

PgCert:

  • Software Development
  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Computer Systems and Database Systems.

PgDip:

  • Web Design and Development
  • Software Development or Web-enabled Business
  • Information Systems group project or Management of Software Project

MSc:

  • Dissertation

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.

You may find employment in computer departments of organisations as a trainee programmer, software engineer, system builder, analyst or system tester.

Alternatively, you could move into business as a graduate trainee, particularly where a good understanding of information systems, and their potential, is valuable.

This degree and the experience you will gain of creating and commissioning computer solutions can open up new opportunities in your existing area.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline other than computing in order to be eligible for the programme.

Although you are not required to have any formal knowledge of computing before starting the course, it does require you to engage with a wide range of new technologies in a relatively short time, so familiarity with basic computing would be an advantage.

We may also consider lesser qualifications 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 on our nursing courses.

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.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£2,204 *£2,204
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,470 £1,470
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 120 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Information about SFC (Scottish Funding Council) funding available for this course.

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