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Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time (September start), 16 months full-time (January start), 3 years part-time (September start)

Start date

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024

Accredited

Yes

Overview

Build your business brain, your technical understanding, and your ability to bring them both together, with this MSc Information Systems. You'll learn about information system management for a professional context, master computer programming and software development, and sharpen your entrepreneurial leadership skills for senior or specialist roles in the tech sector.

You'll construct and optimise your own databases, networks and human interfaces. Using web programming language and content management systems, you'll design your own plugins and tools. And you'll focus on solving complex business problems, by applying what you learn to the needs of your current or desired users. 

Your course is shaped by advice from an industry advisory board, to ensure you have the skills and knowledge the sector currently needs, and you'll be learning from lecturers who maintain working partnerships with information technology companies. You'll have opportunities to meet guest lecturers from companies like IBM and Oracle, to work on real-life case studies, and to solve a live business problem in your final project

You can begin this course in September (full-time or part-time) or January (full-time only).

The University of Portsmouth is ranked 5th of the modern universities for research quality in computer science and informatics

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Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Design and develop your own software, hardware or network solutions to real-life problems, as you study key topics such information systems management or web development
  • Access our industry-standard facilities, including a pervasive computing lab, eye-tracking usability equipment, and our £1 million network laboratory, featuring the latest computer networks and communication systems
  • Apply your studies to real-life practical problems, in collaboration with local and global organisations
  • Combine technical ability and business training to solve complex professional problems in your industry
  • Join a friendly and truly international student intake
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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT), partially meeting the educational requirement for CITP and CEng.

What you'll study on this MSc Information Systems degree course

Full-time

All modules on this MSc Information Systems degree are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Evaluate the architectural features of computer systems, and networked environments
  • Advise on suitable systems/components/peripherals for a range of end user requirements including recommendation as to their configuration and installation
  • Identify and select appropriate network devices or services to meet requirements needed by the end user
  • Appraise the risks from viruses and other security hazards and formulate sensible strategies to deal with problems they generate

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Evaluate theoretical background to the use of database management techniques
  • Review the role of database application in strategically supporting enterprise
  • Implement and evaluate a database solution for a small enterprise
  • Review and discuss emerging database technologies
  • Critically review the Management of database technologies and performance tools

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse different types of IS/IT projects and apply best practice in project management
  • Critically review all aspects of project strategy, development and maintenance
  • Investigate and review the range of information systems and develop management
  • Critically reflect on the role of Information Management in enterprise

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Investigate, analyse and review methodologies relating to Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • Compare, contrast, evaluate and select appropriate approaches for developing Information Systems
  • Develop a strategic understanding of systems analysis in modern organisations

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse the conflicting demands of usability and ergonomics in the context of an interactive system
  • Assess target users and their goals for specific tasks, and hence, evaluate users' needs and environments
  • Justify methods and techniques chosen to implement an appropriate solution to an interactive design problem
  • Critically evaluate, reflect on and report on, theoretical research and practical investigations

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Evaluate, contextualise and apply technologies and techniques with respect to web product creation, management, security, accessibility, usability and website & search engine optimisation
  • Evaluate the latest trends in web development and hypothesise on future developments
  • Develop and justify a professional approach to web site design and production by negotiating and contrasting decisions and actions required to achieve defined results

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Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Investigate and solve a significant practical or (discipline) theoretical problem arising out of the material in their current programme of studies.
  • Plan, manage, evaluate and reflect upon a significant project over an extended period of time.
  • Critically appraise and reflect upon the range of methods, data collection and analysis, in research related to their field and in relation to the dissertation.
  • Select and apply to research, appropriate research methods and apply them to their problems, showing awareness of relevant ethical, social, professional and legal factors.
  • Evaluate and critique research material effectively in the solution of the problem.
  • Assemble a coherent presentation of the outcomes of a masters level project in written and oral form.

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Part-time

Core

All modules on this MSc Information Systems degree are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Evaluate the architectural features of computer systems, and networked environments
  • Advise on suitable systems/components/peripherals for a range of end user requirements including recommendation as to their configuration and installation
  • Identify and select appropriate network devices or services to meet requirements needed by the end user
  • Appraise the risks from viruses and other security hazards and formulate sensible strategies to deal with problems they generate

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Evaluate theoretical background to the use of database management techniques
  • Review the role of database application in strategically supporting enterprise
  • Implement and evaluate a database solution for a small enterprise
  • Review and discuss emerging database technologies
  • Critically review the Management of database technologies and performance tools

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Investigate, analyse and review methodologies relating to Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • Compare, contrast, evaluate and select appropriate approaches for developing Information Systems
  • Develop a strategic understanding of systems analysis in modern organisations

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse the conflicting demands of usability and ergonomics in the context of an interactive system
  • Assess target users and their goals for specific tasks, and hence, evaluate users' needs and environments
  • Justify methods and techniques chosen to implement an appropriate solution to an interactive design problem
  • Critically evaluate, reflect on and report on, theoretical research and practical investigations

Explore this module

Core

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse different types of IS/IT projects and apply best practice in project management
  • Critically review all aspects of project strategy, development and maintenance
  • Investigate and review the range of information systems and develop management
  • Critically reflect on the role of Information Management in enterprise

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Evaluate, contextualise and apply technologies and techniques with respect to web product creation, management, security, accessibility, usability and website & search engine optimisation
  • Evaluate the latest trends in web development and hypothesise on future developments
  • Develop and justify a professional approach to web site design and production by negotiating and contrasting decisions and actions required to achieve defined results

Explore this module

Core

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Investigate and solve a significant practical or (discipline) theoretical problem arising out of the material in their current programme of studies.
  • Plan, manage, evaluate and reflect upon a significant project over an extended period of time.
  • Critically appraise and reflect upon the range of methods, data collection and analysis, in research related to their field and in relation to the dissertation.
  • Select and apply to research, appropriate research methods and apply them to their problems, showing awareness of relevant ethical, social, professional and legal factors.
  • Evaluate and critique research material effectively in the solution of the problem.
  • Assemble a coherent presentation of the outcomes of a masters level project in written and oral form.

Explore this module

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Facilities

Cisco Networking Academy

Use our bespoke network laboratory with in-lab and remote access to over 200 routers and switches in a data-centre environment. The lab also has specialist dual-boot (Linux and Windows) PCs and a private cloud, for implementing and testing virtualised computing and network infrastructures.

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Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

Prospects' 2022 overview of the information systems industry shows the sector has grown 11% over two years, with 10% of the UK's job vacancies being found in IT. This degree's focus on the professional use of information systems means that, when you graduate, you'll have demonstrable expertise in applying your technical skills to fast-moving problem-solving environments.

During your study, you'll be able to work with business case studies, get involved with your lecturers' partnership projects in industry, and to design a project around solving a current issue in an active business. This means you can set yourself up for senior roles in the computing industry, or use computing as an additional skill to support your managerial career in a different sector.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Business intelligence developer 
  • Finance officer 
  • Software test analyst

9 reasons to do a Master's

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

The decision for pursuing a postgraduate is to improve my career prospects by allowing myself to develop opportunities to try different career paths. My undergraduate degree was purely technical and I’m opening to new ideas, which can enhance the knowledge I have attained.
Mwila Kasase, MSc Information Systems ambassador

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business
Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 3 years (part-time study)
  • 12 months (full-time study, September start)
  • 16 months (full time study, January start)

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Full-time

You can expect:

  • 10 hours of teaching time every week. We do our best to keep all teaching within 3 days, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study
  • 20 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time

You can expect:

  • 3–4 hours of teaching time every week. We do our best to keep all teaching within 1 day, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study
  • 6–8 hours of independent study each week

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars and workshops
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • lab sessions

You'll be encouraged to do independent work before seminars, develop a critical perspective on the theory and application of each week's topics, and enter into debate with your peers and lecturers. 

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • group and individual lab-based assessments
  • final dissertation

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

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Dr Athanasios Paraskelidis

Senior Lecturer

Athanasios.Paraskelidis@port.ac.uk

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Tamer Elboghdadly

Senior Lecturer

Tamer.Elboghdadly@port.ac.uk

School of Computing

Faculty of Technology

PhD Supervisor

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

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Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (January 2023 start)

  • Full time: £8,100
  • Part time: £2,700 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £8,100
  • Part-time: £2,700 per year
  • Full time: £18,300
  • Part time: £6,100 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in any discipline. Business Studies, Social Sciences, Humanities and Liberal Arts, Geography, Economics or Law are examples, but any applicant with demonstrable commitment to, enthusiasm for or experience in the field with a good standard of literacy will also be considered.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Standard applications

Start this course in January 2023

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Start this course in January 2024

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.