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MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning)
Learn via models and real-world cases while maintaining flexibility of location and work choices.

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

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

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

The course 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.

The next intake for this course is January 2018. Equity & Merit Scholarships (open for applications at the end of 2017) are available for national of Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact one of our Programme Directors, Prof Richard Heeks ( ) or Dr Jaco Renken ( ).

Teaching and learning

Flexible study

The distance learning programme starts annually every January.

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 two-and-a-half years.  For example, those starting in January 2018 would complete in July 2020.

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.

Coursework and assessment

Each module generally requires one assignment of 3,500 words. Assignments for all modules typically relate to organisational application of management and information systems ideas.

Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Director.  Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.

Course unit details

To complete the MSc programme, participants must complete eight taught modules plus a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation.

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 rating
Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems MGDI70001 15
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations MGDI70002 15
Issues in the Management of Information Systems MGDI70003 15
e-Business - Organisation and Strategy MGDI70004 15
Research Methods MGDI70005 15
Organisational Behaviour MGDI70040 15
Organisation Development and Change MGDI70050 15
Human Resource Practice MGDI70060 15
International Management MGDI71030 15


Study is undertaken via the University's e-learning system, which provides study materials, online resources, and interactive online tutorial discussions with the module tutor and other course participants. You benefit from access to the University's library, with more than 25,000 electronic journals and 400,000 electronic books.

Disability support

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