The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

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MACS postgraduate scholarships

Some scholarships of £2,500 will be awarded to outstanding applicants to any of our Computer Science MSc programmes. Find out more.

Overview

Our MSc Information Technology (Business) offers the best set of practical, analytical and theoretical courses for a combined business management and software engineering based training. It covers the design and development of IT systems, the management of IT, business organisation and strategy, project leadership and e-commerce.

Such a strong and unique combination is hard to find and gives our graduates an edge in their pursuit of a research, software requirements engineer, business and IT analytics or IT journalism career.

The programme does not emphasise computer programming but instead seeks to develop graduates who are equipped with excellent analytical and project management skills to help them become the best communicators / managers working between hard-core software developers and business managers.

In some cases, the MSc project can be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Graduates from the programme would be suitable for employment with IT companies, company R&D divisions, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies or could register for a PhD.

Further details are available here.

Programme duration

This full-time programme starts in mid September and lasts one year. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses.

Core Courses:

  • Information Systems Methodologies
  • Research Methods and Project Planning
  • Digital and Knowledge Economy
  • Masters project and dissertation

Optional Courses:

  • Big Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Data Visualisation and Analytics
  • Database and Information Systems
  • E-Commerce Technology
  • Network Applications
  • Software Engineering Foundations
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Work, Culture and Organisations

After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project. Further details are available here for study in Edinburgh and here for study in Dubai.

Project

In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.

Entry requirements

Entry requires a good honours degree in a numerate subject area. Candidates holding a little less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work are at MSc level. Non-native English speakers should have an English level of IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent.

English language requirements

Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5, we also accept TOEFL (scores of 79 and higher).

We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master’s programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £5200 £2600 £650
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £5200 £2600 £650
Overseas £17570 £8785 £2196.25

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.