Information Systems Management
MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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Salford Business School

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Industrial Placement
Part-time study available
Alternative start dates available
Based at MediaCityUK
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Information Systems Management at Salford

1.

Developing critical thinking and employability skills in high demand from a range of employers

2.

Put Information Systems theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project

3.

Benefit from a course backed by cutting-edge research in Information Systems at Salford Business School

Course Summary

This course gives you an opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the role of information systems and technology (IS/T) in businesses around the world, along with a critical awareness of current and emerging issues in this continually developing sector.

You will learn from our expert team and external guest speakers, renowned for their specialist knowledge. You will also enjoy the programme’s emphasis on debate, critique and interaction with other students and staff.

On completion of your course you will have the necessary skills to become an effective IS/T manager with strategically valuable capabilities in IS/T.You may also choose to take advantage a blended distance learning opportunity, available through our official partner - Robert Kennedy College - in Zurich, Switzerland.

Watch our video            

Fatima Lawal, MSc Information Systems Management, provides an insight into the course and the reasons why she chose to study at Salford.

Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The aim of this course is to provide you with the advanced level skills and knowledge required by 21st century managers of information systems and technology (IS/T).

You will acquire the management and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in an IS/T management role and to be able to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

You will develop a systematic understanding of the context of IS/T in local and global organisations and in society in general; and a critical awareness of current issues in the management of IS/T.

You will also become a reflective practitioner in the IS sphere, capable of critically reflecting on your practice and that of others.

Course Structure

SEMESTER 1

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major issues and perspectives of management, with a particular focus on strategic, global and organisational issues in an international context. You will also get an overview of key issues and decisions relating to the social responsibilities of corporate management. You will be encouraged to think critically about theory and practice in an ethical and professional manner.
The Digital Innovation module has been designed specifically to equip you with the practical and theoretical skills needed for contemporary business settings; you will gain an understanding of the role of strategic business models that can exploit innovative and disruptive technologies such as  Google Glass, 3D printing, and wearable technologies. The module will encourage you to critically assess how social, disruptive and innovative technologies can become key business enablers and facilitate strategic competitive advantages; this critical awareness will be underpinned by cutting-edge academic and practitioner research.

SEMESTER 2

You will develop a theoretical and practical  understanding of the needs of organisations when strategically planning, re-engineering, and integrating business information systems. You will also achieve a holistic knowledge of the critical role of IS/T, both at corporate and business levels, enabling you to be ready to support and deliver professional, ethical and legal services in IS/T implementation.

You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.

SEMESTER 3

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

Flexible final study options

Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of post-graduate taught programmes in the UK.

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

  • Dissertation – traditional 3 month research pathway.
  • Live Project – 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
  • Internship – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
  • Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.
This traditional route involves a substantive piece of research, which can examine contemporary or historical challenges in business, economic or management contexts.

The dissertation can be undertaken within a company, a sponsoring organisation, or investigate an area which is of interest to you.  Study is undertaken in the UK, or sometimes overseas – some international students may possibly return to their country to work on an industrial research project.

  • 3 month research project culminating in a 12-15,000 word dissertation
  • Topics can be undertaken in a number of areas:
    • personal interest in a topic area which supports your career aspirations.
    • an academic’s research area which explores challenging developments in the supervisor’s  area of expertise.
    • in partnership with a company or sponsoring company.
    • an entrepreneurial opportunity, particularly suitable if you wish to research your own  business opportunity.
This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team.  Live projects reflect commercial realities of delivering complex commercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team.
  • 3 month commercial research project.
  • Group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report.
This involves working on a company project. The majority of internships are voluntary positions, which support work experience with a company in a particular sector. A number of projects exist for suitable students, in many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’s Employability Hub.
  • 1 to 3 month commercial project, undertaken full or part-time with the host company.
  • Internships are often voluntary positions providing interesting project experience, some positions are paid – potentially up to 86 UNITE Projects are available in 2013-14.
  • 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation.
Placements are paid positions working on implementing a commercial project. Placements provide valuable experience for student to demonstrate their commercial capabilities. Placements are limited and are competitive.
  • 4 to 6 month work based project undertaken at the organisations premises.
  • Assessment consist portfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.
  • Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
  • Students can undertake placements with their sponsor or employing organisation.
  • For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.
  • For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.
  • The salary range for placements range from £14,320 to £25,000 pro rata – the average is £19,555 pro rata.

Part-time study 

If you are on the part-time course, you will be able to register for individual modules as part of CPD. The following example shows how the course could be taken on a part-time basis over two years:  

Year 1 - Semester 1Strategic International Business Management

Semester 2
Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control

Semester 3
Digital Innovation 

Year 2 - Semester 1
Information Systems

Semesters 2 and 3
Business Innovation Project

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.  

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.<

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-how-to-apply-for-an-atas-certificate

Suitable For

This course is ideal if you want to develop your management skills and are a graduate with a degree in information technology, computer science or a related field, or if you have suitable IT work experience.

Applicant profile

This course offers excellent scope if you are an aspiring or existing manager who wants to improve their career development opportunities. You will add significantly to your existing IS/T skills for business, and be able to apply this knowledge effectively in complex organisational settings.

Teaching

The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a  wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Marie Griffiths

“I studied at the University of Salford and gained commercial experience as an IS/IT Manager through a placement scheme. My next career move brought me back to Salford as a researcher on a number of European-funded projects focusing on the underrepresentation of women in the IT industry. I am currently a Senior Lecturer and teach on the UG and PG degrees and my teaching is informed by research and close ties with the business community through numerous Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. One of my specialisms is the convergence of the ‘real’ and digital worlds, and the social influences of technology. My current research agenda focuses primarily on young people and digital media, and enterprise 2.0.”

Employability

This course has been specifically designed to enable recent IT and related subject graduates develop their careers. Information systems management is part of a continually evolving sector, and graduates who can apply critical thinking to technology are in high demand across a variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Career Prospects

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Alumni Profile

Richard Emmett

Information Systems Management, MSc graduate

Richard is a manager in Accenture’s technology workforce. He has previously project-managed business process and workflow implementations for a major commercial insurer and a government agency. After graduating from the part-time MSc Managing Information Technology course, he moved from systems analysis and programming into IT consultancy.

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local, national and international organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Our part-time students are drawn from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, allowing you to enjoy highly valuable networking opportunities.

Salford Business School also operates a guest lecture course which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

Further Study

Research in Salford Business School is coordinated by Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation).  

You can find more information and contact details here

PGR options include: 

  • Digital Business 
  • Information Systems, Organisation and Society 
  • Enterprise Innovation 
  • Marketing and Strategy 
  • Organisational Behaviour and Leadership 
  • Operations Management, Management Science & Statistics

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,500
Part-time£1,250 per 30 credits
Full-time International£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits
Full-time PgDip£5,000
Full-time PgCert£2,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces. MediaCityUK is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study. Home to major BBC and ITV departments, the University of Salford and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors, MediaCityUK is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain.