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  • Objectives
    The MSc in Management Information Systems (MIS) is a postgraduate degree in business and management with a focus on the development and use of information systems. It is of particular interest to students with a recently completed undergraduate degree in computing and engineering, offering those students an ideal way to complement their technical skills with a management degree. This degree is suitable for those who seek careers at the crossroads of information technology (IT) and business and management. There are many career paths to choose from, as the demand for more managerially orientated computing experts is growing. You will likely start your career in an IT consultancy or in an IT-related line of business where you will work closely with business departments such as marketing, accounting and human resources. You can also work in one of those departments and be the contact person for IT staff there. The MIS programme at Surrey has two important benefits that distinguish it from similar programmes elsewhere. Firstly, we offer you training in the SAP system, the world-leading enterprise software suite. SAP experience is in high demand but very difficult to get at the graduate level. Our alliance with SAP ensures that you will be thoroughly acquainted with this important software application. Secondly, this programme offers more business and management-orientated modules than any other MIS programme, to make sure you are fully aware of the core management functions: marketing, strategy and financial management.
  • Entry requirements
    Typical entry requirements Applicants should usually hold a bachelors degree (UK Lower Second/2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will normally be required to have taken an English language test and achieved a score of either TOEFL 550 or above, IELTS 6.0 or above, or Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English Grade C or above. This test must have been taken within two years prior to the start of the programme you are applying for. The School also assists students whose first language is not English through close cooperation with the University's Language Centre.
  • Academic Title
    MSc in Management Information Systems
  • Course description
    MSc in Management Information Systems Module overview

    The MIS programme consists of eight compulsory modules, four of which are unique to the programme and four of which are shared with other business and management modules, and a dissertation.

    MIS Modules

    Fundamentals of Information Systems
    This module discusses the foundations of management information systems and provides you with the necessary basics for the rest of the programme. You will learn about the analysis and design of information systems from a management point of view.

    Information Systems Development
    This module allows you to experience the development of an information system from start to finish, from requirements analysis all the way to implementation and test. The information system will be web-based using the latest web authoring technology. Please note that this module does not involve programming and that no programming background is necessary for the module.

    Business Process Management
    In this module you will learn about the relationship between operations management and information systems. In addition this module involves hands-on experience with an enterprise software system (SAP), to put theory into practice.

    Strategic Information Management
    This module will cover the strategic aspects of information systems. You will learn about IT management, IT outsourcing, IT project and programme management, as well as methods to identify and evaluate the strategic value of information systems.

    Shared Modules

    Research Methods
    Introducing the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, this module should prepare students to design and execute their research study for their dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.

    The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding marketing. Integrating theoretical concepts and models with practical application, students explore the contribution that marketing can make to the success of businesses.

    This module is intended to provide students with a holistic understanding of the most relevant theoretical approaches to strategy formulation, implementation and control, either in the context of a single-business organisation or a multi-business organisation.

    Financial Management
    This module provides the foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information, and enables students to apply accounting principles and financial theory across management disciplines and business organisations.
    Programme length
    12 months full-time

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