MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development aims to train `hybrid managers' capable of understanding both the job of management in its organisational setting, and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology.

It intends to help close the gap of knowledge, skills, culture and language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals - a gap that results in the majority of information systems, including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems, under-performing or becoming failures.

You'll therefore graduate in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in a wide range of organisations. By the course's end, you will have been provided with:

  • conceptual frameworks to understand the role of management 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.

Special features

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Development Informatics fieldwork in Cape Town
  • We're the largest development-focused teaching and research institute in Europe, and have been at the forefront of development studies for more than 60 years.
  • We're ranked 6th in the UK and 10th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
  • Our research was ranked first in the UK for impact and second in the UK for quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • We have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.
  • The combined field experience of our staff covers 60 countries, and we've trained almost 10,000 individuals from more than 170 countries.
  • This master's course includes fieldwork, giving you the opportunity to observe development interventions in situ and to reflect on how theoretical explorations of development are operationalised in the real world. Recent destinations include Uganda, South Africa and Cyprus. Find out more at  Fieldwork .

Teaching and learning

Please note that field visits may be scheduled at any point during the course, including during University vacations. You are expected to be available to attend. Our recent fieldtrip destination has been to Cape Town, South Africa.

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 24 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (eg project-based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

You must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice approved by the Programme Directors. You are encouraged to base your dissertation on topics of direct professional concern.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations MGDI60012 15 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems MGDI60481 15 Mandatory
Research Skills Development MGDI72090 15 Mandatory
Teaching and Learning Online EDUC70050 15 Optional
Multimedia Design and Development EDUC70510 15 Optional
Mathematics 1E2 MATH19682 10 Optional
Issues in the Management of Information Systems MGDI60052 15 Optional
Public Sector Reform and Management MGDI60081 15 Optional
International Management MGDI60101 15 Optional
E-Government MGDI60311 15 Optional
eBusiness: Organisation and Strategy MGDI60352 15 Optional
Human Resource Development: Programmes and Policies in Practice MGDI60492 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
ICTs & Socio-Economic Development MGDI60701 15 Optional
Organisational Behaviour MGDI70072 15 Optional
Organizational Psychology, Management and Change MGDI70081 15 Optional
Organisation Development MGDI70461 15 Optional
Human Resource Practice 1 MGDI70661 15 Optional
Information Technologies and Human Resources MGDI70831 15 Optional
Organisational Change Strategies MGDI70882 15 Optional
Planning and Managing Development MGDI70992 15 Optional
ICTs in Practice MGDI71932 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk