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MScEnterprise Information Systems

Why this course?

Enterprise information systems provide technology to help organisations co-ordinate their business processes and achieve their strategic goals. They are complex systems. Their design requires high-level technical skills and an understanding of business management.

This course will help you meet the challenges in designing enterprise information systems. You’ll gain new skills in:

  • understanding business processes
  • large-scale data management
  • human factors important in constructing enterprise information systems

You’ll study

Diploma and MSc students study the following classes:

  • Business Analytics
  • Distributed Information Systems
  • Information Retrieval & Access
  • Information Systems Architecture
  • ´╗┐Computer Security´╗┐
  • Personal Study
  • Research Methods

You can also take a tailored programme of options from our other Masters classes and graduate with a degree in Advanced Computer Science.


MSc students undertake an individual research project on an approved topic.

Course content

Compulsory classes are listed below. You can also take a tailored programme of options from our other Masters classes and graduate with a degree in Advanced Computer Science.

Compulsory classes

Business Analytics

The aims of this class are to:

  • develop a critical awareness of the range of tools being marketed under the label 'Decision Support' or more generally 'Business Intelligence'
  • provide an understanding of the key algorithms and techniques which are embodied in Business Intelligence solutions
Distributed Information Systems

This class will give you an extended understanding of the deep, technical issues underlying information systems in the particular context of distributing content over the world-wide web.

Information Retrieval & Access

This class provides a detailed examination of the field of information seeking and retrieval, the study of how people search for information, and the sources, services and systems that can be used to help people access information.

Information Systems Architecture

The aims of this class are to:

  • develop your enterprise-level analytical skills to allow you to contribute to the analysis and design of information system architecture (ISA)
  • develop an understanding of methodological due process and best practice for ISA development
  • develop an understanding of the challenges and critical success factors of ISA development
Computer Security

You'll develop an in-depth understanding of the nature of security in the contexts of computers, information and networks.

Personal Study

The aims of this class are to:

  • strengthen your self-study skills in technical material at the forefront of a specialism within your discipline
  • develop your abilities to identify, synthesise, abstract, connect and present materials within a specialist topic area of computer science
  • support you in bridging between your background knowledge within your selected specialism and the advanced materials required for subsequent study of the specialism within the later modules of the Advanced Computer Science degree
  • ensure you achieve a threshold level of competency to meet all prerequisites of your selected modules within the Advanced Computer Science degree
Research Methods
This class provides you with an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research processes and associated techniques, including the effective presentation of findings in accordance with the best principles of scholarship.

MSc students only


MSc students prepare a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic.

This takes the form of an individual project on an approved topic, which allows you to pursue an area of specific interest, providing scope for original thought, research and presentation.

Learning & teaching

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. Dissertation is by supervision.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet industry employers and participate in recruitment events.

Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in computer science or a closely related mathematical or engineering discipline.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £5,000

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £6,000


  • 2017/18 - £16,000

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


Graduates of enterprise information systems are variously employed as analysts, architects, and developers. There’s a demand for advanced practitioners and researchers in the growing area of embedded systems development.

How much will I earn?

On average, more experienced systems analysts earn £40,000 a year.*

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects

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Enterprise Information Systems

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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