MSc (Information Systems Management)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Course overview

This programme is designed as a specialist course which assists students in blending their existing talents with the technological skills and business knowledge needed to design, develop, use and manage information systems within modern organisations. 

Students gain practical knowledge of business systems analysis and design; project management; database design; applications development; business information technologies; Internet and multimedia development; and the business context of IS development and management. Specialised aspects are also covered, such as: human-computer interaction, information systems security, enterprise systems, business analytics and decision support systems, electronic commerce, and IS innovation.

The teaching approach places a strong emphasis on hands-on skills and problem-based learning. Students are required to a Major Project (30 ECTS ) which typically involves working in a team of 3-5 students with a local community group or organisation to design, develop and implement an information system or technical solution to better serve their needs.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a qualification from a university or other internationally recognised academic institution or authority, corresponding to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), to a minimum standard of Second Class Honours (or  equivalent). It is expected that successful applicants will come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with prior exposure to information technology and/or business.

Duration: 1 year, full-time 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2016

Average intake: 45 (full-time) 10 (part-time)

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The subjects taught on the course are: Web Design and Development, Interactive Systems Design, Business Data Communications, Systems Development and Project Management, Database Systems, Business Applications Programming, Information Systems Management, Enterprise Systems, Applied Systems Analysis, Project, Information Systems Strategy and Innovation, Information Systems Security and Ethics, Decision Systems and Business Analytics and Advanced Applications Programming.

There is also a major group project to be completed by the end of June. In teaching these subjects, a variety of sought-after technical skills are covered using leading-edge industry software such as: SQL, Visual Basic, Java, HTML, CSS, XML, PHP, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Visual Paradigm, DBDesigner, Microsoft Visio, UML, Linux, database design, business process modelling, usability / accessibility principles and software quality techniques. A strength of the MSc is that all of the technical skills are taught using examples, practical exercises and projects drawn from the world of business. Our focus is very much on the application of technology to business.

Because of the strategic imperative to produce business IS/IT graduates for Ireland’s ‘knowledge economy’, the MSc in Information Systems Management is prioritised under the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme initiative. This programme qualifies for funding under the European Social Fund (ESF) and the programme fee is subsidised for EU citizens.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Requirements and assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: May.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, multiple choice quizzes, presentations, case studies and collaborative activities.

Find out more

Chris Barry, Programme Director
T: +353 91 492 308 | E:

PAC code

GYC24, full-time
GYC25, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,250 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,026 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

EU Full time programme:  €4,250; Part time programme:  €2,150 p.a.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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Graduate profile

Richard Carr

2011 graduate

“I have been working with CMS Peripherals since immediately after the exams. My role as a Technical Engineer involves me gaining accreditations from the world’s leading IT companies like Microsoft, Symantec, Commvault and Vmware, implementing Professional Services and installs of backup solutions for companies in the UK and Ireland. It also involves a lot of travel in Ireland, the UK and Europe. The modules of the MSc in ISM have helped me enormously. It is a great course that gives non-technical students a feel of a technical environment.”