MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis

MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis

Aston Business School has a global reputation and the modules for the course I wanted to do fitted well with my chosen career"

Onyekachukwu Anene
Software Engineer
Venture Garden Group, Nigeria

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent


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MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis will prepare you for a range of careers in information systems consultancy, business analysis and management. You'll gain the technical, organisational and people skills needed to develop business systems and manage information systems projects in practice. With these skills our graduates go on to work for companies such as Capgemini, British Gas and Jaguar Land Rover.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

21st in Europe and 3rd in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2017.
Learn the key skills international employers want across a range of sectors
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Gain specialist knowledge of systems and operations

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (2:2)

  • 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

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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.   

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

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.


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.

More than a masters

The 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.  You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Learn more

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 2018/19
UK/EU:          £ 10,280
International:  £16,300

Find out more about our scholarships here

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Interested? I'd love to hear from you.

Business Computing & IT course director
Paul Bocij

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