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
    Postgraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • 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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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 four IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage. This will be no extra cost to the student.
  • For students who do not meet our minimum academic and English language requirements for this course, we offer an alternative pathway to an Aston Master’s with Kaplan International College, London.

  • For more information about qualifications, view our Aston in your country webpage.

 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 2020/21

UK/EU:          £ 10,550
International:  £16,650

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:

  • Foundation in Business Systems
    This module serves as an introduction to programming, offering you the fundamental knowledge needed to develop an in-depth understanding of various topics explored later in the course. It provides you with an awareness of current trends and issues in the ICT industry and examines them from a business perspective.
  • Developing Business Systems Workshop
    This practical and unique module introduces you to the process of developing an information system. Taking on the role of a consultant you’ll solve a range of problems and challenges for a company. You’ll develop the necessary skills to design and implement computer systems with the aim of helping the business to become more competitive.
  • Managing Projects
    This module gives a broad examination on the subject of project management and how this supports the ever increasing requirement to co-ordinate and support business growth and development in an international context. It covers a broad range of theoretical and practical tools and provides the environment in which to apply them in practical work based situations.
  • Applied Research Methods
    In this module we look at the research methods used in this area of study and work practice. You’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of methods and techniques used to collect and analyse information. You’ll be guided through the stages of the research process to ensure information is valid and reliable.
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
    This module provides an introduction to the Academic Offence framework. By completing the resources you will understand the key principles underpinning the submission of academic assignments. These principles can then be applied to the rest of the modules studied at the university.
  • The Consultant's Toolbox
  • The Aston Global Advantage
    The Aston Global Advantage is our professional development programme that runs throughout all MSc programmes at Aston Business School. Focusing on professional development and employability, this integrated module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key transferrable skills you will gain throughout the year. 
  • Business Project or Dissertation
    The business project/dissertation is a chance for you to carry out an original piece of work applying material that you have learnt in the taught element of your degree. Specific requirements will be explained relating to different degree programmes but in summary you must demonstrate both theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen area of specialism.

Optional Modules:

  • Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
    This module is going to equip students with knowledge skills and techniques that will enable them to make efficient and effective use of spreadsheets and databases in their daily work. For those wishing to undertake further academic work the module will also enable them to use spreadsheets and databases to support their research.
  • Data Mining and Web Analytics
    You will explore data mining techniques and their use in business decision making. You will learn how to uncover patterns and trends hidden in data.
  • Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
    This module aims to combine the challenge of learning the theory of simulation modelling, with collecting data in an external organisation, using simulation modelling software and group work to meet a deadline for the presentation of results. This skillset is useful as simulation is used in many organisations and consultancy units to provide descriptive predictive and prescriptive analytics.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
    This module provides an understanding of different concepts in Enterprise System information, the requirements of business functional areas and examines the benefits and role of ERP. This is achieved through lectures seminars and simulations where you will operate in teams to run an integrated system and critically evaluate a case study to propose a suitable system to support the strategic needs.
  • Operations Management
    In this module you will gain a detailed understanding of how operations management contributes to business competitiveness. We examine the theories and approaches to effective planning and the organising of production and manufacturing processes, as well as those associated with the provision of services. With case studies and an innovative simulation challenge you’ll benefit from a highly-applied learning experience.
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
    This module offers a broad perspective on contemporary issues related to outsourcing and offshoring of strategic IT and business service functions. During the module we examine the major theories guiding outsourcing decisions and governance. We also evaluate the role of emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence and robotic process automation) and industry trends (e.g. servitisation) on global outsourcing.
  • Effective Management Consultancy
    This module will help you to understand different approaches to consulting projects. You’ll explore what is good and what is bad consulting practise. It will also prepare you to carry out successful consulting projects within organisations either as an external consultant or as a line manager given a one-off problem-solving task.
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. 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 are inspiring lectures, in-class discussions and engaging practical sessions which give you the chance to analyse various business and IS/ICT concepts and work with specialist business simulation and 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 deliver presentations, write portfolios and undertake coursework, 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.

The Aston Global Advantage

More than a Masters

The Aston Global Advantage 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.

 

Student experience and employability

Overseas opportunities

We benefit from an extensive network of partner institutions, including some of the highest ranked business schools in the Europe, such as Kedge Business School in France. Your options are not just limited within Europe, we also have partnerships with universities worldwide, from Australia to China and USA to Singapore.

You’ll be pleased to know that all of our overseas study programmes are all tuition-free and you’ll study and be assessed in English.

Placements

We believe that a work placement taken as part of your masters programme can be hugely beneficial to your career prospects. It will enhance your CV and can give you a competitive advantage when applying for graduate roles.

As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. Choose a company of your choice, in the UK or overseas, and spend from one month to 12 months gaining valuable work experience. You’ll apply what you’ve learnt on a daily basis and develop a deeper understanding of your subject area.

Our students have been successful in gaining work placements in a wide variety of business sectors, both in the UK and internationally. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to support start-up businesses and a local SMEs with real-life business projects through our Aston Business Clinic. You can work to solve strategic problems and making a real positive impact to growing businesses.

Our award-winning careers team will be on hand to help you find work placements and graduate positions. The team are also available to assist you with your CV and interview technique.

Trips and visits

Your lecturers will arrange for a number of guest speakers to visit and deliver the course content. This will give you with the chance to learn from experienced business analytics professionals. You’ll gain an insight into how different companies operate and the challenges faced in this area of business.

A large number of graduate employers visit campus during the year. There’s careers fairs, networking events and much more. You’ll have the chance to discover a wide range of graduate opportunities and speak with companies to see where’s the best place for you to start your career. 

Erasmus+

Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.   

 

“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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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. All these things were possible thanks to the teaching staff.

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

"The MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis course has given me both practical industrial and organisational insights as well as a developed academic research competency. With Aston Business School's well-known and strong reputation in the information technology management and business analysis field, this course has attracted many students from different backgrounds and regions of the world. This has enabled the added bonus of gaining strongly developed global networks and life-long relationships with my fellow classmates."

Kitae Douangphoutha
CEO and Founder of Sirisok Translation and Document Solutions
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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

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