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MSc Enterprise Information Systems

This course is being discontinued. If you have already applied for a place we will be in touch very soon.

Other Master's courses you may be interested in are:

MSc Cyber Security & Human Factors

MSc Applied Data Analytics

MSc Information Technology

Information systems play a strategic role in global business and the world economy. This Master's degree will give you the capability to define, design and deploy robust and secure information system architectures for businesses.

You’ll learn about the latest developments in the field, and how these insights can be used to achieve a company’s general strategy or even drive the strategy. Special attention is paid to the design of new types of organizations and virtual cooperation enabled through the Internet. You’ll learn research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. These skills will be invaluable if you decide to go on to study to PhD/doctoral level.

Key information

Next start date:

September, 2016


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time or 2 years with an optional placement

Relevant subjects:


Required subjects:

Computing/IT, Engineering, Software systems engineering

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equilvalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information see our full entry requirements

Course details

Core units

  • Enterprise Information Systems: An enterprise information system (EIS) is any kind of computing system offering high quality service for dealing with large volumes of data and supporting operations and processes. These have an important strategic impact on global business and the world economy. This unit is an introduction to EIS types.

  • Business Intelligence: Lots of information about a company’s customers is collected and stored in databases, which is of immense value if properly analysed. This unit will explore data preparation and data mining techniques to supply business intelligence (BI) to non-technical and managerial staff, and the processes for successful BI implementation and use in alignment with business strategies.

  • Mobile, Wireless & Pervasive TechnologyA key issue facing enterprises today is how to use mobile and pervasive technologies to ensure businesses operate effectively and recognise opportunities. You'll learn about the tools and techniques for analysing and evaluating designs for mobile and pervasive technology solutions.

  • Process Oriented Requirements Engineering: All organisations need to have the right IT systems to support business processes. You'll learn how to analyse business processes effectively, and evaluate and select business process models or problem domains. This will help you to research, match requirements and inform specifications.

  • Web SystemsWeb systems play an increasingly important role in business. In this unit, you'll develop asynchronous Javascript and xml (AJAX) front-ends for enterprise information systems, and explore the design of web applications using web services and Representational state transfer (REST) to interact with an underlying information system.

  • Research Methods & Professional Issues: Research requires a structured and disciplined approach at all stages. We'll help you to develop key research skills in many areas from project proposals and planning to critical analysis of research findings, academic writing and dissemination. We'll also teach you about professional standards and ethical issues for research.

  • Research Project: An opportunity to complete a significant piece of self-managed research in an area you're interested in. Your project will give you the opportunity to engage with a complex, real-world problem.

  • Optional Industrial Placement: If you choose to take this opportunity, you'll gain experience of working in a professional environment in line with our employability strategy.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc Enterprise Information Systems.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

The optional placement provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course. The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.

Experience gained on the placement is invaluable in helping you to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing your employment prospects upon graduation. Our dedicated Placements Office helps you to obtain placements and you will receive support throughout the placement experience. Interview techniques and advice are also provided to help you successfully gain a placement. A number of companies habitually accept students from this course for the placement year.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your study and we would normally expect you to complete a minimum of 40 weeks.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • IBM
  • Barclays Bank
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • British Aerospace.

International work placements

Employment prospects are now truly international and BU encourages students to consider an international work placement or volunteering experience during their degree. One way could be through the EU funded Erasmus mobility programme which supports placements or study exchanges in Europe. Students can also participate in international placements outside of Europe. There are opportunities to engage with summer schools and volunteering projects. These experiences help students to enhance their global employability skills.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:

  • Possession of a 2:2 Bachelors Honours degree or equivalent
  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Career opportunities

This course will equip you with the expertise to define, design and deploy robust and secure information system architectures for businesses. It is an ideal degree for anyone wanting to work in business information and business strategy. The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.

As an MSc Enterprise Information Systems graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Information architect
  • Consultant
  • Application developer
  • Academic researcher.

Industries worked in

  • Business information
  • Business strategy
  • Academic research.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Additional information

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