MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis

The MSc in Information Systems & Business Analysis (ISBA) is designed to give you an expert understanding of how information systems support the business and its operations. 

Why choose this course?

  • Develops your understanding of how information systems support the business and its operations
  • Gives you in-depth knowledge and experience to prepare you for a range of careers in IS consultancy, business analysis and management
  • The programme aims to prepare you for a range of specialist careers as consultants, managers and business analysts

This programme is designed to give you an expert understanding of how information systems support the business and its operations. Through its specialist career pathway, the programme gives you in-depth knowledge and experience to prepare you for a range of careers in IS consultancy, business analysis and management.

The programme equips students with the technical, organisational and people skills needed to develop business systems and manage Information Systems projects in practice. A core workshop module allows students the opportunity to act as consultants, creating a fully working information system within a realistic but supportive environment. 

Core modules:

Optional Modules*: 

*Please note: All pathways may not run, depending on numbers.  

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset.  

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.

Course director

Mr Paul Bocij 
BA (Hons), PGCert (SSRM), MPhil, LCGI, MBCS, CITP, FIfL

Paul Bocij is a Teaching Fellow in 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 text books.  He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a member of the British Computer Society.  His industry experience spans more than twenty-five years.

Teaching staff

The programme aims to prepare you for a range of specialist careers as consultants, managers and business analysts.  Due to the importance of information systems in all organisations, the programme will also prepare you well for general organisational and project management careers.

For information on sector opportunities see the Information Technology overview on the Prospects website.

Previous graduates of similar programmes have secured career development roles in major organisations such as Deloitte, UBS and Jaguar Land Rover.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

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, all students follow an integrated Learning, Skills and Career Development module which provides you with the tools and skills for linking your learning on the programme to your employability, career planning and continuing personal development.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include: 

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • An e-business suite equipped with modern hardware, software and facilities for designing, building and testing information systems. The suite is reserved for the exclusive use of postgraduate students.

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum upper second class)

  • 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

UK/EU:          £ 9,350 (2015 fee)
International:  £13,800 (2015 fee) 

Scholarships for 2015/6 entry are now closed. 

Contact details: 

Aston Business School postgraduate admissions office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

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