The Masters in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (MISDI) studies digital innovation in business and government across the world.
The internet and mobile technologies are drastically changing the ways we create and share information, and open opportunities for new business models, new forms of governance, and new ways for public engagement. Managers with the capability to capitalise on new digital developments, and manage the transformation of technological systems within organisations, are highly sought after in the job market. The MISDI programme prepares students for key roles in the shaping of digital innovation and in the management of the business and social transformation that such innovation unleashes.
MISDI is an intellectually rigourous, innovative, interdisciplinary programme that integrates established knowledge on the development and management of information systems with the critical study of emerging domains of digital innovation, such as social networking, crowdsourcing and big data.
The programme involves research led, practice relevant teaching. Our learning approach places emphasis on theory and critical discussion of academic literature from across a range of scientific fields. We include social theories for understanding the processes of information systems and innovation and case studies for illustrating issues in particular instances of management and innovation practice.
"The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the current cyber-physical systems revolution is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance." - World Economic Forum, 2016
"Intelligent automation is already in the workplace, yet few leaders have the skills to understand or manage it strategically." - Financial Times, 2016
We are ranked #2 in the world for social science and management, and the MISDI programme is founded in LSE’s tradition for academic excellence. The curriculum is designed around three core courses, and you can also customise your programme according to your own interests and career goals with a wide choice of optional elective courses in information systems, digital innovation, management, and a range of other topics from leading academic departments across LSE.
One of the compulsory elements of MISDI is the Bootcamp group project (within the MG481 compulsory course) in which groups of 4-6 students engage in a simulation of a real-life technology management consultancy project over two intense weeks. Deloitte UK helped set up Bootcamp in 2006 and has contributed since. MISDI alumni working at technology consultancy firms help formulate the case for each project, and independently of the official LSE marking procedure, they choose a winning group from the top three student reports. This two-week boot camp serves the purpose of sharpening the students’ ability to engage in intense group work around a real-life case. Alumni frequently point to the Bootcamp project as a highly valuable preparation for their future careers.
You will complete the programme with a dissertation project during the summer, which will enable you to specialise with in-depth knowledge in your specific area of interest.
Compulsory core courses (2.5 units)
Optional elective courses (1.5 units)
All students must choose two courses listed below in the Lent Term, and take courses to a minimum of one (1.0) full unit. The remaining half (0.5) unit may be taken from the list below, or from the list of further options below from a range of academic departments across the LSE.
All students must choose two courses listed below in the Lent Term, and take courses to a minimum of one (1.0) full unit:
MG483 eHealth: Policy, Strategy and Systems (0.5 unit)
MG484 Global Sourcing and Management of Business and IT Services (0.5 unit)
MG486 Social Computing, Data and Information Services (0.5 unit)
MG479 Information Systems for the Public Sector (0.5 unit)
MG4C3 Information Technology and Service Innovation (0.5 unit)
MG485 Management and Economics of E-Business (0.5 unit)
MG492 Data Governance: Privacy, Openness and Transparency (0.5 unit)
The remaining half (0.5) unit may be taken from a list of further options:
AC490 Management Accounting, Decisions and Control (0.5 unit)
DV483 Information Technologies and Socio-Economic Development (0.5 unit)
FM473 Finance I (0.5 unit)
Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour
MG4B7 Organisational Change (0.5 unit)
MG401 Operations Management (0.5 unit)
MG402 Public Management: A Strategic Approach (0.5 unit) (n/a 15/16)
MG418 Open Innovation (0.5 unit)
MG423 Leading Entrepreneurial Organisations in Global Markets (0.5 unit)
MG460 Handling Disruption: Humanitarian Emergencies Management and Development (0.5 unit)
MG462 Qualitative Analysis in Management (0.5 unit)
MG482 Innovation and Technology Management (0.5 unit)
MG4C1 Techniques of Operational Research (0.5 unit)
PH425 Business and Organisational Ethics (0.5 unit)
Students may also take a graduate-level course which is not on this list, subject to approval from the Programme Director. Please refer to the full list of all graduate level courses.
Part-time programme structure
MISDI is a full-time 12 month programme, however, we can admit a limited number of part-time students to complete the programme over 2 years.
Part-time students are required to take taught courses in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms of their two years and the work load will be split equally across both years (three half units per year). Students are still required to choose two optional courses the list above and one optional course from the list or wider in the School. The dissertation will be completed in the Summer Term of the second year. Below is the structure for each year:
Michaelmas Term: 2x half unit core courses
Lent Term: 1x half unit optional course
Summer Term: None
Michaelmas Term: 1x half unit core courses
Lent Term: 2x half unit optional courses
Summer Term: Full unit dissertation
The choice of which core and elective courses take each year will be made in consultation with the programme director.
Please note that we are not able to make special allowances for students in regards to their timetables. Students will be required to manage their time to make sure they can attend the scheduled lectures and seminars.
MISDI student profiles
The MISDI programme attracts a diverse range of students, and each year we carefully select a vibrant cohort from a wide variety of backgrounds and international locations. A core part of the learning experience is the exposure to a wide variety of cultures and international perspectives, as well as diverse expertise from our students’ wide ranging academic and employment backgrounds.
The programme is well suited to both early-career graduates and mid-career professionals experience to share.
Current class profile (2015-16)
MISDI alumni profiles
Marta Stelmaszak, Poland
MSc Management of Information Systems and Innovation class of 2013-14
Current occupation: PhD student, LSE Department of Management
Kabir Sehgal, US
MSc Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems class of 2005-06
Current occupation: Author, Coined: The rich life of money and how its history has shaped us
Dr Tony Cornford
Associate Professor in Information Systems
Teaching: MG483 Healthcare Information Systems
Dr Susan Scott
Associate Professor (Reader) in Information Systems
Teaching: MG425 Global Business Management
Dr Carsten Sørensen
On Sabbatical in 2015/16
Associate Professor (Reader) in Information Systems and Innovation
Career development with the MSc MISDI
The MISDI programme will develop your intellectual and practical skills as a talented and well-rounded manager, with the ability to thrive and innovate with challenges in today’s complex and fast-moving technological world. With a strong foundation of knowledge in organisational information systems and management of digital innovation, plus practical skills developed with case studies and the practical MISDI Bootcamp project, you will graduate with a unique and well-rounded portfolio of skills and knowledge to set you apart in the job market. Your practical and professional management skills will be developed and polished during the programme, including communication and presentation skills, team working, cultural intelligence gained from close collaboration with classmates from around the world, and client management experience from the MISDI Bootcamp project.
LSE Careers will provide tailored individual support with your professional development and job search throughout the programme. They offer one-to-one Career Consultant sessions, access to employers with career fairs, seminars and workshops, a vast database of employment opportunities via the LSE Career Hub, and help with job hunting, CVs/resumes and interviews.
Our graduates are in high demand by employers, and MISDI graduates have taken roles across a wide variety of sectors, in companies across the globe. A popular career path is to enter management consulting or finance, with graduates taking up roles with employers such as KPMG, Accenture, EY, PwC, Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Beyond this, opportunities are extremely broad, and MISDI graduates have also gone on to excel in careers in a wide range of other industries. Here are some examples of the organisations our graduates have joined:
Recent graduates of the programme have gained employment with a number of organisations, including:
2:1 bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline
No work experience is required
GRE/GMAT scores are not required, but a strong result from either of these tests will benefit applicants.
English language requirements
We admit students with diverse academic backgrounds. These include business studies and computer science graduates, but students are also welcome with other degrees where they are wishing to transfer their focus towards management, the internet and innovation.
Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available at LSE and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interests to apply as early as possible.
You may also find the answers to frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page useful.
Applications for entry in 2016 have now closed.
Fees and financial support
The programme tuition fee is £24,936.
A range of financial support options are available for UK and international graduate students.
Claudio Ciborra Scholarship Fund
The Claudio Ciborra Scholarship Fund provides an award of up to £5,000 each year to one student on the MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation programme. Contact the LSE Financial Support Office for more information.
Frequently asked questions
What computing experience do I need?
There is no formal computing requirement, although we do expect students to have a basic familiarity with common desktop tools. The School computing environment is based around personal computers running Windows XP and using Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook). Specialist packages for systems development and research are taught on the course and we presume that you are comfortable with using the standard office packages.
Do I need to know any programming?
No. We do not expect people to come with programming knowledge. If you really want to learn to program, then we suggest you learn either a visual programming environment (for example Visual Basic) or explore some of the Web 2.0 programming environments (such as Ruby on Rails). All the packages in Microsoft Office have a Visual Basic interface, allowing you to do some programming within the structure of the application package. It is our experience that design skills are much more applicable than narrow programming skills.
Will I learn to programme?
The MSc MISDI does not have a formal taught course on programming, although students do have opportunities to develop their programming skills through the use of packaged software for various assignments. The Systems Development in Context option, for example, encourages students to develop their designs through a programming environment of their own choice and seminars will support this effort.