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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Business Information Systems Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The course

The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically-informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and their use in key business and organisational settings. Graduates will have the specialist scientific and technological expertise as well as research skills to be able to develop or further their careers as business IT practitioners, 'hybrid' managers or multidisciplinary researchers. This programme is suitable if you don’t have a management or technology-based qualification.

The multidisciplinary curriculum spans a variety of topics, such as technology management, system design, organisational behaviour, business strategy, and marketing. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally, and discover how to respond to the increasing demand for advanced information and communication technologies both in the workplace and at home.

You will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and will work closely with our expert and experienced academic staff.

Unique programme which combines the management knowledge and technical skills required by successful hybrid managers in contemporary organisations.
Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as; enterprise systems e-business, knowledge management, business intelligence and cyber crime.
Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Your future career

Graduates with a MSc in Business Information Systems from Royal Holloway will have enhanced and widen their career prospects. The programme provides an excellent preparation for both managers and business IT practitioners and those who intend to embark on a research degree. The programme will help you to use your existing skills in the burgeoning field of information and communication technologies, as well as increase your degree of confidence in communicating with other people.

Graduates in recent years have entered many different business information systems-related areas, including: Business Analyst at Ford Motor Company, Information Security Consultant at Barclays, SAP HR Functional Consultant at Satyam Computer Services, Business Analyst at Oracle,Technology Consultant at Hewlett Packard and as Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications Analyst at Whitbread.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will provide you with an introduction to the core concepts in data and information management. You will learn how to identify organisational information requirements, model them using conceptual data techniques, convert the conceptual data models into relational data models, and implement a relational database using database management systems. In addition, you will examine how the internet works and its key protocols, addressing the technologies used for web development, including scripting languages and their potential, and the role of web services and related technologies, including network security.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:2 honours degree. This course requires a UK 2.2 (Honours) or equivalent. A background in business and management and/or computer science is preferred but not essential. Graduates in other disciplines such as social sciences, media and engineering, with relevant work experience will be considered. Consideration will also be given to relevant professional qualifications and/or work experience.