M.Sc. Management and Information Systems

Cranfield University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: October  2014
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Suitable for graduates keen to develop their careers in the application of information-based technologies to manufacturing and other industries. The part-time option will allow practitioners to extend their professional development within their current employment.

Takes you on to positions such as business systems analysts, management consultants, information systems managers, IT consultants, IS and e-commerce developers, knowledge managers, lecturers and researchers. Past students have progressed to positions of IT Director, Chief Information Officer and Managing Director.

You will be taught by experts from Cranfield and industry with substantial experience in teaching, project supervision, research and consultancy. The academics have published in leading journals and books and worked closely with world-class manufacturers.

Course description

This multi-disciplinary and practical course prepares students for careers where the timely provision and management of information is essential to business success. It provides knowledge of both management and information systems, and closes the gap that exists in industrial, commercial and governmental organisations between managers who understand the business but are `frightened´ of the technology, and the `techies´ who are good at their jobs but have little knowledge of how to run a business.

The MSc course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for meeting the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer registration.

The course objectives are achieved through a carefully integrated and structured series of eight one-week assessed modules, a group project and an individual project. 60% of the course involves industrial project work within UK organisations. In many cases this has led directly to employment opportunities with the companies concerned.

Group project

The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a thesis usually replaces the group project.

Individual project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in management and IT systems. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.

"I believe my time at Cranfield greatly boosted the chances of getting a good job at the end simply because of reputation and also the fact that 60% of my MSc Management and Information Systems was working with very well known companies."

Dev Patel, Management of Information Systems - Alumnus

Modules:

The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These modules provide the tools required for the group and individual projects:

Management

* General Management
* Business Management
* Operations Management

Enterprise Systems

* Enterprise Modelling
* Enterprise Systems

Business Change

* Business Process Analysis and Engineering
* Business Change Management
* Project and Programme Management

Contents

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

The three elements of the course are assessed as follows:

Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%*
Individual project: 40%

*For part-time students a dissertation can replace the group project. The full-time course is of 12 months' duration. The modular format of the taught element permits a high degree of flexibility of attendance at Cranfield for part-time students who may commence the course at any time during the year.

Part-time
Part-time programmes are structured in a similar way to the full-time programme and comprise eight one-week assessed modules, a group project (or dissertation), and an individual project, which results in the production of a thesis. Part-time students are normally expected to complete their MSc in two to three years. The modular nature of the programmes allows students a degree of flexibility in the number and order of modules completed each year. Students may commence the course at any time during the year.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
Delivered and assessed at Masters level, the PgDip represents the taught element of the associated MSc. Students are expected to complete eight modules and a group project.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
Delivered and assessed at Masters level, the PgCert comprises a subset of the syllabus for the taught element of the associated MSc/PgDip course. Students are expected to complete six modules.

Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Other relevant qualifications together with considerable industrial experience may be considered.

Where applicable students must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Our Academic English Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training courses in English for academic purposes.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: 60 (Grade C)

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