Information Systems at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

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). What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • 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
Accreditation This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, partially meeting the educational requirement for CITP. Careers and opportunities All organisations rely on information systems for their business processes, and you'll graduate from this course with skills and knowledge that will give you the edge in this competitive arena. You can pursue a career in the computing industry, or use computing as an additional skill to support a career in a different sector. You might choose to further your research studies with a PhD, and eventually become a university lecturer or researcher. What jobs can you do with an Information Systems degree? Career opportunities include:
  • Computer programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Software developer
  • Web developer
  • Researcher
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. "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


What you'll study on this MSc Information Systems degree course Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 module worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits. Core modules on this course currently include:

  • Cyber Security for Information Systems (15 credits)
  • Managing Information Systems (30 credits)
  • Masters Project (60 credits)
  • Masters Project (60 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • User Experience Design (15 credits)
  • Web Product Development and Management (30 credits)
Optional modules:
  • Business Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Data Visualisation and Exploratory Analytics (15 credits)
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 and some optional module may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through:

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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Computer Society

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, including Computer Sciences, Business or Social Sciences, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (taken after January 2015). An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (taken after January 2015). An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10400 Year 1
England £10400 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10400 Year 1
Scotland £10400 Year 1
Wales £10400 Year 1
Channel Islands £10400 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £10400 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.
Information Systems at University of Portsmouth - UCAS