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MSc Management, Information Systems and Digital Innovation

About the MSc programme

The MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (MISDI) studies digital innovation in business and government across the world. The internet and mobile technologies are changing the way we create and share information and open opportunities for new business models, new forms of governance, and new ways of public engagement. This MSc prepares students for leadership roles in the shaping of digital innovation and in the management of the business and social transformation that such innovation unleashes.

It is an intellectually rigorous, qualitative, inter-disciplinary programme that integrates established knowledge of the development and management of information systems with the critical study of emerging domains of digital innovation, such as cloud computing, social networking, and mobile technologies.

It 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 and frameworks for understanding the processes of information systems and innovation and industry case studies for illustrating issues in particular instances of management and innovation practice.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • capabilities for technology-enabled innovation in business and government, and skills for digital entrepreneurs in the ever changing arenas of technology and organisations
  • skills in utilising diverse analytical techniques and managerial practices
  • critical analytical ability for understanding of the social and economic context within which technology innovation and organisations are constructed and managed
  • integrating established knowledge of management of information systems and processes of innovation enabled by digital technologies, such as: applications development; cloud computing; social networking, and addressing privacy concerns
  • a learning approach which places emphasis on the critical discussion of academic literature and case studies
  • multi-disciplinary, dedicated compulsory courses
  • critical analysis of theories and frameworks for understanding the processes of information systems and innovation and case studies for illustrating issues in particular instances of management and innovation practice
  • guidance on writing critical essays based on social theory
  • guidance on research projects
  • teaching is closely linked to new research in the field and with industry examples
  • extensive contacts with London-based and international businesses and governmental organisations

Compulsory courses 

(* half unit)

You must also complete a 10,000 word Dissertation based on a project that will cover some aspect of information systems development or management.

Students are also expected to choose two half unit courses from within a selection, and one further half unit course from a larger range of options. 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of this programme go on to work in a range of organisations and sectors. These sectors include IT services; banking, financial services and accounting; consultancy; central and local government and research.

In addition, our graduates work in a range of roles, including business analysts, management and IT consultants, innovation managers, IT support and project management positions. Many graduates channel the knowledge on global digital infrastructures provided by the programme to launch their own business as information service providers.



Application code: G5U4 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 86/382

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent in any discipline. We admit students with diverse academic backgrounds. These include business studies and computer science graduates; students are also welcome with other degrees in social and natural sciences where they are wishing to transfer their focus towards management, the internet and innovation (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: GRE/GMAT test scores are not required, but a strong result from either of these tests will benefit applicants from universities which may not be well known to members of the admissions committee

Fee level: UK/EU £23,976; overseas £24,456

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). Claudio Ciborra scholarship fund (one award of £5,000)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions