Business Information Technology MSc

This business information technology degree enables its students to further their careers in an information and business strategy setting

Making the right decisions about how to use technology has become more and more critical, hence why there are great career opportunities for graduates who have skills in technology management. This course will allow those who are pursuing a different career the chance to discover software architecture, systems administration, interactive systems design, and more.

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 on to managerial roles. 

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


1 year

Start date:


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Course details

This course will teach you about information system management and development in organisations.

You will learn how to design and implement information systems solutions, allowing you to gain an overview of the importance of systems to organisations as well as gain the technical and communication skills which the industry values.

The course focusses on how systems work, how the requirements for them are established and how they are designed and developed.

On completion, you will gain transferable skills in project management, time management and communication.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will learn with a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, lab time and independent study.

    This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.


    • September starts: 12 months
    • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)
  • note and pen Assessments Assessments are a mixture of written coursework allowing you to develop your academic and business reporting skills. The more technical modules include demonstration or evaluation your work.
  • library Facilities

    This course is taught at our Merchiston Campus near the centre of Edinburgh. You will have access to specialist labs and facilities, including the Sensorium, a newly opened user experience lab.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Business Intelligence and Reporting for Enterprises ( CSI11100 )

The module aims to present a balanced approach to the subject area by addressing both the theory and practice of Business Intelligence and reporting in enterprise systems. The aim of this module is to develop a deep understanding of enterprise information systems and their role in business processes alongside practical skills in business intelligence reporting and dashboard design. 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 role of performance dashboards in performance management and measurement in organisations.
- The sourcing and extraction of data and the analysis and development of intelligence.
- Understanding of current legislation on data privacy and ethical issues relevant to business intelligence in organisations.

The module will use a range of tools to give students an appreciation of the nature of large scale integrated information systems and to practice data analytical techniques.

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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 – theory and practical skills
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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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
Project overview, life cycles and methodologies, with emphasis on Agile Application Development Requirements elicitation, modelling and specification, including functional and non-functional requirements, and using techniques such as CRC modelling, and functionality prioritisation technique
The Unified Modelling Language (UML), such as Use Case Modelling, Activity Diagrams, Object Modelling, Class Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams, State Charts,
Test Driven Design and Development
Security by Design, and Misuse case Modelling Issues of Computer Ethics, Professionalism, and Legislation relating to Information Systems Development
Developing and assessing simple applications using system construction tools such as Visual Studio C# .Net

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Information and Knowledge Organization ( INF11117 )

This module covers the principles and concepts used to organize and describe information and knowledge. During this module students will study the creation, management and use of metadata, the development of taxonomies, techniques for terminology control and the creation of ontologies. The role of mark-up languages and metadata standards will be investigated along with examples of knowledge organizing Systems (KOS) and knowledge graphs on the semantic web. This module integrates approaches from information science, web design and information retrieval.

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Knowledge Management ( CSI11104 )

Approaches to knowledge management
Knowledge capital.
Knowledge management infrastructure: technical and social.
Techniques for the creation, capture, classification, exchange, dissemination and use of knowledge for competitive advantage and corporate growth.
Knowledge strategy

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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 two 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 context that information security operates in, and to give you an opportunity to carry out your own research and the present findings professionally.

Topics covered include:
• The role of 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)
• The role of the professionals, security culture and ethical environments
• Management of risks and controls
• Availability and continuity planning

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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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User Experience and Service Design ( IMD11120 )

This module will allow you to expand your professional skills within user experience and service design. You will learn how to apply a range of methodologies suitable to a variety of organisations and institutions, and in result, enhance your employability. You will be encouraged to adopt a user-centred approach to design, implementation, and evaluation of products and services. You will study cross-channel user experiences with an emphasis on pervasive information architecture. You will learn how to create a coherent experience across products and services at an enterprise level, including development of a brand and an individual design language. The module also covers user studies and usability testing in an agile environment, using state-of-the-art technology.

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

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.


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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £6,930 tba
Overseas and EU £18,540 tba

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Our business information technology course will give graduates the opportunity to advance in their sector or find a new profession in the following fields:
  • Information architect
  • Consultancy
  • Interactive systems design
  • Usability engineering
  • Information engineering
  • IT project management
  • IT consultancy
  • Information systems security and compliance
  • Database design
  • Business analyst
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