Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Business Information Systems

The course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and its use in key business and organisational settings. This is course open to those who have not studied management or technology based qualifications previously. The course has been designed to: Respond to the increasing need for greater understanding of the role advanced information and communication technologies plays in the workplace and at home; addresses the need for managers to understand and appreciate the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally; enhance learning, employability and reflexivity in line with international educational standards.

Entry requirements

UK lower 2nd Class Honours degree (2.2) or equivalent. A background in business and management and/or computer science is preferred. Consideration will also be given to relevant professional qualifications and/or work experience. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subscores. Graduates in other disciplines such as social sciences, media and engineering, with relevant work experience will be considered. Those who have studied alternative disciplines to management or business should take the foundations of modern management unit during induction week to obtain the background knowledge required for this course. Additional requirements: Work experience of at least 1 year full-time is desirable but not essential. A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:Students should be curious, confident and dedicated individuals, able to work in teams, analyse complex problems and integrate management and technology elements in their solutions; they need to be adaptable to different cultural and working environments, with a holistic view of how organisations can make the best use of existing and new information systems and technologies; they should also be ethically aware of the value of data, information and communication, and of good ethical practices and codes.

Course modules

Core course units: Information systems theory and practice; people and technology; database systems; internet and web technologies; information systems design, development and management; dissertation preparation and research methods; dissertation. Elective units (management): Technology management; enterprise systems; e-business; knowledge management. Electives units (computer science): Large-scale data storage and processing; business intelligence; cyber crime; service-oriented computing, technologies and management.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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