Information Systems and Business Analysis MSc

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MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis at Aston University

Course Director Priscilla Omonedo explains some of the main features of studying MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis at Aston University.

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Course options
    Internship / overseas study
  • School

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements:
    A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent.
  • For International Students:
    An official academic transcript, with official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English also need to satisfy our English language requirements.
  • Full entry requirements
    See entry requirements below for full details
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Apply Sept 2019

Key Dates

Ranked 18th in Europe and 3rd in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018

Learn the key skills international employers want across a range of sectors

Course Summary

Our MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis is a stimulating course that equips you with skills that are in huge demand in the job market.  

Gain a detailed understanding of information systems and how they empower business operations. Develop highly desirable technical skills in building and maintaining ICT systems and project management.

The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme. 

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (2:2)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

Applicants must have studied quantitative modules at undergraduate level to demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

  • Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the 4 IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of the Professional Development Programme (PDP). This will be no extra cost to the student.


Applicants with extensive work experience:

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications, but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Why choose us?

A global leader in higher education standards, we’re among the top 1% of business schools in the world, thanks to our triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. We’ve also been awarded a five-star rating for excellence in teaching, employability, innovation, facilities, inclusiveness and our international outlook by QS World University Rankings.

We pride ourselves on the employability of our graduates. Due to the unique skillset we provide our students with, they’ve been able to secure positions with leading companies, across a range of sectors, such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Capgemini and Jaguar Land Rover. Whatever your career ambitions we can help you achieve.

Our courses offer a range of opportunities to gain practical experience through things such as, consultancy projects and entrepreneurial opportunities. Find out more here. 


Fees and scholarships

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU:          £ 10,400
International:  £16,300

Scholarships Find out more about our scholarships here

Course outline

This is a fantastic opportunity to study a highly regarded, masters programme. The course is recognised as a leading information systems masters programme and is ranked 18th in Europe and 3rd in the UK by Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018. It has been developed in collaboration with our industry partners. This ensures that we’re providing you with the specialist skills needed for business analysis and information systems roles, which in turn will enhance your employability.

What sets this course apart from other masters programmes is its focus on developing practical skills which are in high demand in the job market. The vast majority of modules are very hands-on and involve applied learning activities. For example, with our Developing Business Systems Workshop, you’ll have the chance to gain first-hand experience of planning and implementing a consultancy project from start to finish. What makes this truly unique is that we actively monitor your progress and vary the tasks and their complexity to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

You’ll learn the various tools and approaches used to analyse business and system requirements, which will give you the skills and know-how to develop ICT systems to meet the needs of businesses. You’ll also learn key project management processes and techniques. This will provide you with a theoretical background as well as practical experience, so you’re confident and capable of planning, monitoring and evaluating major commercial projects.

There’s the chance to tailor the course to suit your interests or your career ambitions. You can choose from a range of elective modules, which cover specialist areas of business analytics, ICT or complimentary business subjects. Optional modules include Data Mining and Business Intelligence, Enterprise Resource Planning as well as Operations Management.

Our teaching staff are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise to provide you with the highest quality of education. You’ll be taught by leading academics with a variety of specialisms in the field of business information systems and analytics. The School is also made up of several former students of the course, who have gone on to gain PhD qualifications and return to help deliver the course. You can be sure to benefit from their expertise and experience.

We use a variety of teaching methods to enable you to get the most from the course. There are inspiring lectures and seminars as well as many teaching sessions which include practical activities. We use a mix of workshops, simulation exercises and reflective case studies. All sessions consist of small groups of between 20 to 30 students, meaning there’s plenty of support available for you.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:

  • Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
  • Foundation in Business Systems
  • Developing Business Systems Workshop
  • Managing Projects
  • Learning, Skills and Career Development
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
  • Professional Development Programme (PDP)
  • Business Project 

Optional Modules:

  • Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
Learning, teaching and assessment

You’ll be taught by leading academics with a variety of specialisms in the field of business information systems and analytics. Paul Bocij, Course Director has over 30 years of industry experience and has worked with over 200 clients as a consultant, systems developer or commercial trainer. Professor Ali Emrouznejad is a world-leading academic in the field of data mining, whilst Professor Prasanta Dey has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in areas of project management.

We use a mix of innovative teaching methods. There’s inspiring lectures and engaging practical sessions, which give you the chance to work with specialist business analytics software. Our emphasis on applied learning will enhance your understanding of key concepts and develop core skills that you’ll need for roles within business analytics or ICT.

Our innovative virtual learning environment, Blackboard, will support and enhance your learning experience. This online platform has a wealth of resources to help you make the most of your course such as lecture slides and other study materials.

There’s a range of different assessments as part of this course. You’ll sit exams, undertake coursework and give presentations, with all assessments involving the application of your learnings to business contexts. This helps to prepare you for tasks you may encounter in workplace situations. 

Classroom activities

Develop your own Business Systems – A simulated consultancy project is undertaken for a fictious manufacturing company. You’ll have to design and deliver an information system to solve one of a range of commercial problems, including a reliance on paper files, machinery breakdown and issues associated with trading with international companies.

Advanced spreadsheets and databases – Practical lab-based sessions will allow you to test your skills and get to grips with tackling huge quantities of data. You’ll learn how to cleanse data in a systematic way and get the chance to put this into practice. This will give you practical experience working with key techniques and tools that you’ll need in the workplace.

Professional Development Programme

More than a Masters

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.  You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

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Student experience and employability

Overseas opportunities

We benefit from an extensive network of partner institutions, including some of the highest ranked business schools in Europe, such as Kedge Business School in France. We also have partnerships with universities worldwide, from Australia, to China, and USA to Singapore.


We believe that a work placement incorporated into your master’s programme can be hugely beneficial to your future career prospects. It will enhance your CV, extend your skills and allow you to build strong connections with industry professionals.

As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. Select a company of your choice, in the UK or overseas, and spend from one month to 12 months gaining valuable insights into daily working practices, learning professional skills and further developing your understanding of business analytics and information systems.

Our students have been successful in gaining work placements in a wide variety of business sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Recent students have undertaken placements at a variety of prestigious organisations, including Porsche and Santander.

You’ll also have the unique opportunity to support start-up businesses and local SMEs with real-life business projects through our Aston Business Clinic. You’ll work to solve strategic problems and make a real positive impact to growing businesses.

Our careers team will assist you to find work placements and graduate positions. The team will also support you with writing a CV and learning interview techniques.

Trips and visits

Guest speakers regularly help deliver our course content with informative lectures related to their area of expertise and professional experience. These guest lectures are a great opportunity to gain an insight into the world of business analytics and information systems. You’ll learn how different companies operate as well as appreciate current issues and challenges faced by the industry.

We hold a variety of careers fairs and networking events throughout the year. You’ll have the chance to connect with numerous companies and discover a wide range of graduate opportunities. This will help you decide which is the best place for you to start your career.

“I chose this course because I wanted something to enhance my capability and help me keep up with the changes in technology we see nowadays.”

Waldeysse Damiao
MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis
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"Aston Business School has a global reputation and the modules for the course I wanted to do fitted well with my chosen career."

Onyekachukwu Anene
Software Engineer, Venture Garden Group
What's it like to study at Aston?

The course is mentally stimulating and has given me an advantage both personally and professionally. If you are looking to challenge yourself and expand your knowledge then this course is your best choice. I acquired theoretical and practical knowledge of new technologies and learnt a lot on team building and how to think critically for problem solving and analysis. I had an invaluable experience of interacting and working with classmates from diverse backgrounds. The coursework challenged me to think beyond what I had learnt as I was required to undertake my own extensive research. All these things were possible thanks to the teaching staff.

Sera Osso
Director / Research Editor at Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation (BLERL)

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