Management and Information Systems: Change and Development MSc (Distance Learning)
Approximately 80 applications were received for entry in 2010/11, and 21 students enrolled on the course.
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A key cause of this problem is the gap of knowledge, of skills, of culture and of language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals.
The aim of this Masters degree is to close that gap by training individual staff to become 'hybrid managers'. Hybrid managers are those who understand both the job of management in its organisational setting and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology. These individuals will be in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in their organisations.
At the end of the programme, participants will have been provided with:
- conceptual frameworks to understand the role of information, of information technology and of information systems in organisations;
- new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development implementation and management of information systems;
- new knowledge and skills to help in the effective management and change of organisations.
The next intake for this programme is January 2014. Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed.
Equity & Merit Scholarships (Open for applications September 2013)are available for Nationals of Bangladesh, Rwanda and Uganda, to study on the distance learning programme, further details are available at the following link
Participants study on the distance learning degree without leaving home or interrupting their careers. A typical study route would involve completion of four compulsory modules in the first year of study, and completion of the remaining four modules in the second year. A dissertation is undertaken in the first half of the third year. Using this route, participants complete the full Master's programme in just over two-and-a-half years. For example, those starting in January 2014 would complete in September 2016.
However, the programme is flexible and can accommodate faster or slower study and completion speeds in order to take account of work, family or other personal commitments. For example, after completing teaching period one, students can accelerate their study by spending a twelve-week semester in Manchester, studying alongside students on our face-to-face Master's programmes. Students can also slow down, perhaps taking only one module rather than two in a particular teaching period, or taking a complete break of a teaching period during which no modules are studied. Different study plans are possible as long as students complete the programme within four and a half years.
Seven modules are compulsory:
- Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems
- International Management
- Introducing Information Systems in Organisations
- Issues in the Management of Information Systems
- Organisational Behaviour
- Organisation Development and Change
- Research Methods
Participants must also complete one of two optional modules:
Fees for January 2014 entry are;
- Course Unit fee for overseas students: £1,025.00
- Course Unit for UK/EU students: £530.00
- Dissertation fee for overseas students: £4,100.00
- Dissertation fee for UK/EU students: £2,260
Masters students take 8 course units, plus the dissertation therefore the total cost of the programme is as follows;
- Overseas students £12,300
- UK/EU students £6,500
Diploma students undertake 8 course units and therefore the total cost of this programme is;
- Overseas students £8,200
- UK/EU students £4,240
Students only need to pay for those course units they intend to take in this academic year, i.e. January - December 2014.
Students have the option to pay in full in January or to spread the cost of the fees over three equal instalments in January, April and July.