MSc Business Information Technology

Postgraduate, Part-time

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

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    2 Years

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  • 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
  • Data Wrangling
  • UX and Service Design

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

Part-time study

Each module involves about 4 hours of on-campus learning each week. Some modules involve additional on-campus lab time. We try to ensure that modules for this course are delivered on a single day each week to help people with family and work commitments.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

 BCS Accredited Degree

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.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU-Taught modules *£890 tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £530 tba
Overseas-Taught modules *£2,250 tba
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,550 tba

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 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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