Information Systems MSc

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Why Surrey?

Our Masters in Information Systems addresses recent advances in IT, the internet, web technologies, and business applications, to explore how information systems can increase productivity, improve decision-making and lead to a significant competitive advantage.

Programme overview

This programme aims to prepare students for a successful career in the IT sector, even if they do not have a prior degree in computer science. It enables students who have studied computer science previously to expand their knowledge and acquire further skills across a broader range of computer science topics.

Taught modules address mobile and cloud computing, big data and database systems, and the importance of information security, in relation to the foundational information systems principles.

This programme will equip you with professional skills that will allow you to work as an IT consultant/manager, system architect/analyst, or software developer in any industry field that heavily relies on software and information technology.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over three academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Prepare students for a range of computing related careers
  • Enable students to understand, design and apply information systems and software development technologies
  • Enable students to develop interest and basic skills for doing research in computer science
  • Enable students to realise their full potential for learning and communication
  • Enable students to appreciate rapid innovation and creativity in computer science

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain an understanding of:

  • The principles of information systems and software development
  • The principles and applications of contents technologies
  • The practice of information systems and software development
  • The professional issues involved in the exploitation of computing
  • The areas of emergent and innovative computing technologies
  • The key research issues in information and software systems

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the requirements of the users of software systems / applications
  • Succinctly present, to a range of audience, knowledge relevant to the building, testing and deployment of a system
  • Research and develop solutions through the application of systems analysis / software engineering methods

Professional practical skills

Students will gain the ability to:

  • Specify, design and develop software systems and applications
  • Critically evaluate software systems and tools
  • Work as a member of a development team
  • Communicate with potential and actual users and to understand their needs
  • Retrieve Information
  • Analyse data and present information in appropriate ways
  • Plan, research, manage and implement a major project

Key / transferable skills

Students will gain skills in:

  • Research and information retrieval skills
  • Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Self-learning skills
  • Effective use of specialist IT facilities
  • Continuing professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

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Programme leader

Dr Lee Gillam

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 36 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a first degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or the international equivalent. They should have obtained the degree at 2.2 level or higher.

In exceptional circumstances, work experience may also be considered if the candidate has achieved less than a 2.2 in their first degree.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £8,700 £19,000
Part-time Sep 2017 £4,400 £9,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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