Information Systems & Business Analysis

Aston Business School, Aston University

Course Options
  • MScFull-timeSeptember12 monthsGBP 15950
Course Information

MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis has been designed to give you an expert understanding of how information systems support businesses and their operations. Through our specialist career pathway, the programme will give you in-depth knowledge and experience to prepare you for a range of careers in information systems consultancy, business analysis and management.

You will gain the technical, organisational and people skills needed to develop business systems and manage information systems projects in practice. A core workshop module gives you the opportunity to act as a consultant, creating a fully working information system within a realistic but supportive environment. 

Subject guide and modules

Core modules:

  • Foundation in Business Systems
  • Developing Business Systems Workshop
  • Managing Projects
  • Learning, Skills and Career Development
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules*: 

  • Data Mining & Business Intelligence
  • Simulation for Managerial Decision Making 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning 
  • Operations Management
  • Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing & Offshoring 

*Please note: All pathways may not run, depending on numbers.  

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

The MSc in Information Systems and Business Analysis is designed to develop the key knowledge and competencies which are valued by international employers in related professions. These include:

  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Dealing with clients and managing relationships
  • Delivering projects which meet business requirements
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to be effective in an international team-working environment.

In addition to the specialist modules, you will follow an integrated professional development module which provides you with the tools and skills for linking your learning on the course to your employability, career planning and continuing personal development.

Course director

Mr Paul Bocij 
BA (Hons), PGCert (SSRM), MPhil, LCGI, MBCS, CITP, FIfL
Paul is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Aston Business School, specialising in ICT, information systems and e-business. He is the author of numerous books related to technology and is one of the writers behind Business Information Systems, one of the UK's most successful textbooks. He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a member of the British Computer Society. His industry experience spans more than 30 years.

Professional Development Programme

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

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Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a range of specialist careers in consultancy, management and business analysis. It is also a suitable first step if you want to pursue a research or academic career. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Analyst Cap Gemini
  • Business Analyst  Scope International (India)
  • Information Systems Graduate Trainee British Gas
  • Junior Consultant Roland Berger (Nigeria)
  • Project Manager Jaguar Land Rover. 

Fees and scholarships


UK/EU:  £ 10,000
International: £15,950


Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here. 

Entry Requirements For This Course

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum upper second class)
  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references at least one must be from an academic referee
  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date
  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date
  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of programme: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a pre-masters or postgraduate pathway program at Aston Business School, Aston University to prepare for your chosen course:

Postgraduate pathways and pre-masters at other institutions

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course then consider one of these postgraduate preparation courses from another institution:

Course Contact Details


Mr Paul Bocij


+44 (0)121 204 5278


+44 (0)121 204 4202

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