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

Year of entry: 2020

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to develop two groups of participants: functional managers who wish to take greater control over, and make a more direct contribution to, change in their organisations via the development and implementation of information systems; and information systems professionals who wish to improve the success rate of the information systems they develop or use, and who may also wish to upgrade their management skills and knowledge.

It will be relevant to those with career trajectories in the private, public, and NGO sectors, and it is particularly appropriate for those working in or with newly-developed, transitional and developing countries. Our graduates have an impressive career record in the UK or in their home countries. 

Career Trajectories

The MSc in Management and Information Systems can help its graduates select and target jobs in any part of the hybrid triangle shown in the link below.  It marks the overall set of typical jobs into which our graduates move, which are some mix of management role or subject specialism (such as services, production, logistics, marketing, etc.); technology role; and information systems role.

For examples and a diagram of typical jobs taken by our graduates,  click here .

Further Studies

Each year, one or two of our MSc students are bitten by the postgraduate bug and decide to continue their studies by undertaking a PhD.  Those who take a PhD typically see themselves with a career trajectory into academia or into a research-intensive job role such as consultancy or policy advisory positions.  Those from the MSc M&IS programme may study with the University's  Centre for Development Informatics .

Career Examples

Masuda Ahmad joined the MSc programme when working as a Business Analyst for software house Uraan Software in Lahore, Pakistan.  Her MSc studies facilitated her promotion within Uraan to take on a programme management role.  Subsequently she took a significant step up with a new job as General Manager for Business Development and Media - exactly the type of hybrid role the MSc seeks to develop, combining management and ICT expertise - for Qadir Enterprises; an engineering and construction company based in Peshawar working on civil and electrical engineering projects.  Masuda also started volunteering at a local school - Qadir Nagar High School - developing an education management information system, based on work undertaken for her MSc dissertation.

Eisah Mayanja joined the MSc programme when working as a Senior Applications Analyst for Grameen App Lab in Kampala, Uganda.  His MSc studies facilitated his promotion within Grameen to the role of Senior Technology Analyst, using some of the management content of the programme to help move from mainly technical development to a more project management role.  Following three years overseeing software quality assurance for MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission, he is now Technical Director of New Wave Technologies, coordinating deployment of Internet-based applications for UN agencies and NGOs in Africa.

At the beginning of her studies, Emma Jackson was a web site editor for the Department of Telecommunications, Science and Technology within the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Her MSc studies facilitated her promotion to Deputy Director of the Public Sector Reform Unit, with a hybrid job profile of the type the MSc programme aims to develop.  Her role supports the government's public sector reform programme and requires systems analysis, change management and process re-engineering capabilities that various MSc modules helped Emma develop.

For more information, see  Careers and employability