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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. 

If you have a strong interest in information systems and technology, and the commercial, social and political transformation digital innovation can bring, our MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation will be ideally suited to you. 

Unlike any other, this progressive programme will prepare you for leading technology management roles across all industries – integrating existing knowledge about the development and management of information systems with the latest digital developments. Think cloud computing, social networking, mobile technologies and more. 

You will find this programme exciting, challenging and rigorous. It combines theory with practical case studies, and encourages learning through research, analysis, and critical discussion. You will also gain an invaluable understanding of the wider social, economic and managerial context in which technology and organisations are developed and managed. 

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
  • multidisciplinary, 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
  • teaching that 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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Management, Information Systems and Digital Innovation in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 74/501

Minimum entry requirement: Upper second class bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline (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 £24,936; overseas £25,440

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

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions