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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)

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
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
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Course overview

  • You are interested in becoming a 'hybrid' professional who understands both the job of management and the role of information systems
  • You want to learn via models and real-world cases from developing / emerging economies that will help you lead successful development and implementation of new information systems
  • You want distance learning's flexibility to 'learn while you earn', allowing you to integrate new ideas directly into the workplace

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, 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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

There are currently no internal scholarships confirmed for distance learning courses but should any become available they will be advertised here so please check this page regularly for more information.

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
Linda Williams
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS Test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum score of 6.0 in the other subsections, or
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20, or
  • Pearson Test of English score of 62 or more overall, with a minimum score of 62 in writing and a minimum score of 55 in the other subsections, or
  • Grade C in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or
  • Grade A in the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

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 ( richard.heeks@manchester.ac.uk ) or Dr Jaco Renken ( jacobus.renken@manchester.ac.uk ).

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

Facilities

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: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

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.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) has a large and diverse postgraduate population, with 85% of our students drawn from outside the UK, particularly from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe, but also reaching out to Latin America, North America and the Pacific. Graduates from the MSc M&IS programme have gone on to careers that typically incorporate a mix of management, information systems and information technology responsibilities such as business analysis, change management, and e-business and e-government roles with public, private and NGO sector organisations. Others have pursued further academic study leading to a PhD and academic/research consulting careers, including study with the University's Centre for Development Informatics . Since its foundation, GDI has trained over 7,000 individuals from 170 different countries.