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MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning) / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
Master of Science
33 Months. [Part-Time - Distance Learning]
Entry requirements
Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from an approved university, and are expected to have one year's full-time or two years' part-time work experience. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

Information systems are spreading into every sphere of business and non-business organisations. They herald the dawn of a new 'Information Age' in which information, information systems and information technology are recognised as key organisational resources and in which management activities become more information-intensive.  Yet the majority of information systems - including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems - are under-performing or are failures.

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 2017. Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed.

Equity & Merit Scholarships (Open for applications August/September 2016) are available for Nationals of Bangladesh, Rwanda and Uganda, to study on the distance learning  programme.

Informal enquiries, prior to application, are welcomed. Please contact either: Prof. Richard Heeks (Programme Director) | Email: ; or Jaco Renken (Programme Director) | Email:

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £642 per 15 credits £2,564 dissertation
    International students (per annum): £1,208 per 15 credits £4,836 dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2017 entry. For further information please click here .

The School of Environment, Education and Development Loyalty Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2017 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).  

See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Luke Smith
+44 (0) 161 306 1312
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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