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 the programme is the Bootcamp group project (within the Innovating Organisational Information Technology compulsory course) in which small teams of students engage in a simulation of a real-life technology management consultancy project over one intense week. 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, choose a winning group from the top three student reports. This one-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 8,000 word 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)
(* denotes a half unit)
Innovation and Information Systems: Concepts and Perspectives*
Provides theoretical foundations for the study and practice of digital innovation and management of information systems.
Innovating Organisational Information Technology*
Explores the theoretical and practical aspects of technologic change integrating a two-week intensive boot-camp project in conjunction with global consultancy firm.
Global Strategy Management, and Information Systems*
Examines contemporary global strategies and management practices of corporations across the world including an analysis of corporate and business strategies, competitiveness, and how organizations set up and manage structures, processes, human resources, and technologies to deliver on their objectives.
Research Design for Studies in Digital Innovation*
Builds your skills in research design in preparation for your dissertation, including inference, causation and treatment controls; the relationship between theory and data; operationalisation and measurement; fixed versus flexible designs; case study methods; interviews and focus groups; thematic analysis; and the analysis of online and social media.
8,000-word dissertation based on a project that will cover some aspect of information systems development or management.
Study Skills and Research Methods
This compulsory non-assessed course provides students with both a broader context for the study of information systems as well as the essential skills relevant to the MISDI programme.
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:
(* denotes a half unit)
Information Communication Technologies and Socio-economic Development*
Handling Disruption: Humanitarian Emergencies Management and Development*
Contemporary Topics in Advanced Technology Management*
Data Governance: Privacy, Openness and Transparency*
eHealth: Policy, Strategy and Systems*
Information Systems for the Public Sector*
Information Technology and Service Innovation*
Management and Economics of E-Business*
Social Computing, Data and Information Services*
The remaining half unit may be taken from a list of further options:
Business and Organisational Ethics*
Finance I* OR Finance I*
Managerial Finance* OR Managerial Finance*
Fundamentals of Operations Research*
Innovation and Technology Management*
Management Accounting, Decisions and Control*
Operations Management for Management Consultancy*
Public Management: A Strategic Approach*
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 will follow the standard regulations and classification scheme for a four unit Master's degree. 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. 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 and 1x non-assessed course
- Lent Term: 2x half unit optional courses
- Summer Term: None
- Michaelmas Term: 1x half unit core course
- Lent Term: 1x half unit core course and 1x half unit optional course
- Summer Term: 1x half unit dissertation
The choice of which core and elective courses you 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.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.
You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.