IT Management: Information technology (IT) is important to the activities, processes and components of all organisations. Effective managers must understand their current technologies and its effect on markets, products and services. You'll explore issues and options linked with managing information systems (IS) and IT today.
Database Design & Development: Giving you a practical grounding in database technology, you'll design and test a relational database in our computer labs using the latest systems. You'll analyse security issues in data-driven applications, assess performances and design and use data management 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 Systems: Web systems play an increasingly important role in business. In this unit, you'll develop 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.
Usability Engineering: Information systems are highly structured and predictable. However, Human intervention can be unpredictable. When we use information systems, usability problems are inevitable. This unit aims to help you design and build useful and user friendly information systems.
Research Methods & Professional Issues: Research requires a structured and disciplined approach at all stages. We will 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. Ensuring you give due consideration to professional standards and ethical issues in research.
Research Project: The Research Project provides you with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in a relevant area of particular interest. 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 will gain experience of working within an appropriate professional environment in line with the BU employability strategy.
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 Information Technology.
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.
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 can be paid employment but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.
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.
Our students have previously worked for:
- Barclays Bank
- Sun Microsystems
- United Advertising.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
If you are in doubt if you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, please get in touch with the Future Students Enquiry team.
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 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading, 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 international entry requirements page.
Upon completion of this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to enter the business computing profession, regardless of whether you currently hold any IT qualifications. As Information Technology forms a core part of the business function for many organisations, you will enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in a variety of industries.
As an MSc Information Technology graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:
- IT manager
- Web developer
- Database designer
- Software developer
- Usability engineer
Industries worked in
- Information technology
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
Meet our staff
Professor Vasilis Katos
The Head of the Department of Computing & Informatics, Vasilis is a certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) and has experience as an Information Security Consultant. He has served as an expert witness in Information Security for a criminal court in the UK.
Dr Philip Davies is the framework leader for postgraduate programmes.
Dr Nan Jiang is the programme leader for MSc Information Technology and he is a Senior Lecturer in Sofware Quality and Testing.
Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Computing & Informatics, and register now to come along and meet some of them.
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