MSc Information Systems

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(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Modern organisations need to manage huge amounts of digitised information to operate successfully, so graduates trained in systems design are highly sought after. This course teaches you both the technical aspects of systems development and the skills in business analysis that you’ll need to work in the field.

You’ll develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to analysis and design, set in the wider context of project management and modern business practices. A number of taught modules give you the chance to customise your degree to suit your particular educational background, and you’ll complete a Masters-level dissertation in a topic that really interests you.

Overview

Why take this course?

The design, development and management of large-scale computerised information systems are critical to organisations in the 21st century. Managing, analysing and understanding the huge volumes of data that these systems generate are critical to the success of many organisations.

This course focuses first, on systems development and business analysis: the technical and social issues involved in building and maintaining large systems. The second focus of the course is on business intelligence: the techniques and tools for evaluating, understanding and analysing information systems and the data they generate.

The MSc Information Systems offers you a programme of study that allows you to develop:

  • An understanding of the issues in designing and developing information systems,
  • Understanding of contemporary approaches to analysis and design,
  • Exposure to key areas of knowledge for developing, analysing and understanding systems,
  • A broad understanding of the context and success factors for successful information systems projects.

The course is a full-time, one-year taught programme that can also be taken part-time over two years.

Contact time

Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects.

Teaching and Assessment

You will take a number of taught modules covering technical and organisational aspects of the development, management and use of modern information systems. The choice of modules is made according to your academic background, experience and interests. You will also complete a dissertation on a subject in the field of information systems; this is often done in collaboration with a company or other organisation.

Recent dissertation titles include:

  • An enterprise ordering information system for a pharmaceutical supplier
  • Collaborative development of web-based information resources
  • Investigation into web accessibility and usability
  • Context and preferences for mobile computing
  • Stakeholder participation in web information systems

Career opportunities

As a graduate from this course you will be able to pursue a career in a number of fields, including software engineering, systems analysis, IT management or general management with a technical bias. You might also choose to continue your education through a PhD in order to pursue a career in industrial research or an academic career.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

DISSERTATION

In this module, each Masters student is required to carry out project work with substantial research and practical elements on a specified topic for their MSc dissertation from January to late August. The topic can be chosen and allocated from the lists of proposals from faculty members, or proposed by students themselves with an agreement from their supervisor and also an approval from the module organiser. The work may be undertaken as part of a large collaborative or group project. A dissertation must be written as the outcome of the module.

CMP-7027X

60

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES (RESEARCH METHODS)

This module aims to prepare postgraduate students with necessary intellectual and practical skills for successfully carrying out research work for their MSc Dissertation in Computing Sciences and Computational Biology. Specifically, it teaches research methodologies, techniques and tools used in computing sciences, and more importantly, provides systematic trainings to enhance students' transferable skills and their understanding in ethics, social and legal issues involved in computing professions.

CMP-7030Y

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

CMPS7003A MUST be taken if students have not previously studied the material covered by the module.

Name Code Credits

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION

Human Computer Interaction (or UX) covers a very wide range of devices, including conventional computers, mobile devices and "hidden" computing devices. In this module you will learn about interactions from a variety of perspectives, such as cognitive psychology, ethnographic methods, security issues, UI failures, the principles of good user experience, heuristic and experimental evaluation approaches and the needs of a range of different audiences.

CMP-7018A

20

INTERNET LAW AND GOVERNANCE

Legal issues relating to Internet use are increasingly important. You are introduced to the key principles of Internet law, including competing views on its status and its relationship with other legal principles. You will also consider the question of the relationship between law and technology. You will explore case studies of alternative forms of governance, including international co-operation and stakeholder-driven processes, in the context of issues such as domain names, social networking and the regulation of Internet service providers. Current issues in Internet law are included on the syllabus each year.

LAW-7012A

20

INTERNET and MULTIMEDIA TECHNIQUES

In this module you will learn about the development and core technologies of the web, website design, deployment on desktop and mobile devices, current issues (e.g. security), and its impact on society. In the practical part of the module you will work on the design and integration of web sites, emphasising maintainability, accessibility and usability.

CMP-7003A

20

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING ISSUES

This module draws together a wide range of material and considers it in the context of developing modern large-scale computer systems. Topics such as Systems Thinking, Casual Loop Diagrams, Systems Failure, Outsourcing, Quality, Risk Management, Measurement, Project Management, Software Process Improvement, Configuration Management, Maintainability, Testing and Peopleware are covered in this module. The module is supported by well documented case studies and includes guest speakers from the industry.

CMP-7004B

20

THE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF PRIVACY AND REPUTATION

In the intrusive, multi-faceted world that exists today, with 24/7 media and an ever-expanding internet, the potential for damage to reputation and interference with privacy has never been greater. This module focuses on the various ways in which the law protects rights to reputation and privacy and examines ways in which the law can be used to manage reputations in this complex world. You will focus on the law of defamation, the laws relating to the protection of privacy interests, and the developing interplay between law and technology. While the approach taken by English law will form a significant part of the module's content, comparative study will also be made of the laws of America and other common law jurisdictions as well as the laws of the European Union and some specific European countries.

LAW-7004B

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DATA MINING

You will explore the methodologies of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). You will cover each stage of the KDD process, including preliminary data exploration, data cleansing, pre-processing and the various data analysis tasks that fall under the heading of data mining, focusing on clustering, classification and association rule induction. Through this module, you should gain knowledge of algorithms and methods for data analysis, as well as practical experience using leading KDD software packages.

CMP-7023B

20

DATABASE MANIPULATION

This module introduces most aspects of databases, database manipulation and database management systems. Practical experience of database manipulation is provided through the use of SQL and the Java JDBC interface on a relational database management system. Database design is introduced using Entity-Relationship modelling and normalisation.

CMP-7025A

20

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION

Human Computer Interaction (or UX) covers a very wide range of devices, including conventional computers, mobile devices and "hidden" computing devices. In this module you will learn about interactions from a variety of perspectives, such as cognitive psychology, ethnographic methods, security issues, UI failures, the principles of good user experience, heuristic and experimental evaluation approaches and the needs of a range of different audiences.

CMP-7018A

20

INFORMATION VISUALISATION

This module is an introduction to information visualisation. You will learn techniques for summarising and presenting a wide range of data. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the appropriate context and use of visualisation techniques. You will also learn about problems and techniques for dealing with large data flows and issues of integrating multiple data sources.

CMP-7022B

20

INTERNET and MULTIMEDIA TECHNIQUES

In this module you will learn about the development and core technologies of the web, website design, deployment on desktop and mobile devices, current issues (e.g. security), and its impact on society. In the practical part of the module you will work on the design and integration of web sites, emphasising maintainability, accessibility and usability.

CMP-7003A

20

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING ISSUES

This module draws together a wide range of material and considers it in the context of developing modern large-scale computer systems. Topics such as Systems Thinking, Casual Loop Diagrams, Systems Failure, Outsourcing, Quality, Risk Management, Measurement, Project Management, Software Process Improvement, Configuration Management, Maintainability, Testing and Peopleware are covered in this module. The module is supported by well documented case studies and includes guest speakers from the industry.

CMP-7004B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Computer Science, Information Systems or a related subject.
  • Degree Classification Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

 

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

 

Scholarships

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
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