Information Technology with Management (MSc) 2023 entry

The MSc in Information Technology with Management provides students from disciplines other than business and management with the knowledge and the analytical and critical skills needed to manage the information and communication technologies that underpin all successful business practice.

Start date
September 2023
End date
September 2024
Duration
One year full time
School
School of Computer Science

Application deadline

Wednesday 31 May 2023. To maintain staff-student ratios, the University reserves the right to stop accepting applications once the programme is full.

Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

“The student community is very strong and there are many ways to get involved – whether joining one of the many sports clubs or societies, or simply going for a walk with friends. Thanks to the interdisciplinarity of this programme, I have acquired knowledge and techniques to solve various problems from different disciplines and I feel well equipped for the future.”
Marc
- Salem, Germany

Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject other than Business or Management.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date. 
  • personal statement (optional) 
  • two original signed academic references 
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates. Please only provide certified copies with official English translations if applicable. Do not send original documents as they cannot be returned. 

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you may need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. See approved English language tests and scores for this course.

Course details

The MSc in Information Technology with Management is a one-year taught programme run jointly by the School of Computer Science and the School of Management. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August. 

Highlights 

  • This course is an interdisciplinary programme combining the skills and experience of leading academics from the School of Management and the School of Computer Science. 
  • The programme teaches modern information and communication technologies and management techniques to prepare students for a career in IT management and other related areas. 
  • Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking. 
  • Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities. 

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2022-2023 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2023 entry. 

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2023 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date list of modules in the module catalogue.

Students choose two or three compulsory modules from the following: 

  • Corporate Finance and Accounting: introduces students to the basic principles and practices of accounting and corporate finance. 
  • Managing Human Resources: reviews the key theoretical and practical aspects involved in managing human resources. 
  • Marketing: Principles and Practice: offers a critical review of current theory and practice and looks at how marketing is evolving in light of changes to the business context, particularly from a managerial perspective. 
  • Strategic Management: develops students' knowledge and understanding of the strategy process and develops an appreciation of organisational responses to the rapidly changing global economy. 

If students only take two compulsory modules from the compulsory Management modules, they may take one further optional Management module. Students also choose optional modules from a range available in Computer Science. 

The following modules are optional for Computer Science programmes. Not all combinations of modules will be available for all programmes, and some modules are subject to pre-requisites being satisfied. 

Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered. 

  • Artificial Intelligence Practice 
  • Artificial Intelligence Principles 
  • Critical Systems Engineering 
  • Database Management Systems 
  • Data-Intensive Systems 
  • Human Computer Interaction Principles and Methods 
  • Information Security Management 
  • Information Visualisation 
  • Interactive Software and Hardware 
  • Knowledge Discovery and Datamining 
  • Language and Computation 
  • Principles of Computer Communication Systems 
  • Programming Principles and Practice 
  • Software Architecture 
  • Software Engineering Practice 
  • Software Engineering Principles 
  • User-Centred Interaction Design 
  • Web Technologies 

If students only take two compulsory modules from the compulsory Management modules, they may take one further optional Management module.

  • Alternative Investment 
  • Behavioural Finance 
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development 
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity 
  • Financial Systems 
  • International Financial Management 
  • International Marketing
  • Leadership in Organisations 
  • Managing Natural Resources 
  • Managing Non-Governmental Organisations 
  • Managing People in Global Markets 
  • Marketing and Society 
  • Risk Management 
  • Scenario Thinking and Strategy 

During the second semester, students work with staff to define and agree upon a topic for the extended project, which they will work on during the final three months of the course. The project finishes in a 15,000-word dissertation. Dissertation projects may be group-based or completed individually (students are assessed individually in either case). 

The dissertation typically comprises: 

  • a review of related work 
  • the extension of existing ideas or the development of new ideas 
  • the development of a software system or skilled use of one or more applications 
  • a critical analysis and evaluation of the project outputs. 

Students are required to give a presentation of their work in addition to the written dissertation. 

Each project is supervised by one or two members of staff in the School of Computer Science, typically through regular meetings and review of software and dissertation drafts. 

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc. 

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2023 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

Teaching

The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: two compulsory and six optional from a wide range available.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

Class sizes typically range from 20 to 50 students in Computer Science modules, and from 40 to 60 students in Management modules.

Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations. 

All students will be required to complete a Post Entry Language Assessment (PELA) on arrival at the University of St Andrews. Based on their performance in this assessment, students will be advised to attend targeted support sessions during the year to improve language and academic skills.

This assessment is required, but will not count towards the final degree classification. 

You will be assigned an advisor who meets with you at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year.

A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation. 

Events

The School of Computer Science organises a regular programme of colloquia, talks and seminars by external and internal speakers from both industry and academia. The talks are aimed at bringing the diversity, excitement and impact of computer science from around the globe to staff and students within the School. 

The St Andrews Computing Society (STACS) regularly organises hackathons and other events open to local and external participants, including MSc students. These are very popular events, often supported by industrial sponsors. 

The Computer Science blog regularly publishes news and events.  

The School of Management hosts events and guest lectures beginning in orientation week and throughout the year, providing students and staff with opportunities to socialise and to engage with visiting scholars, professionals and practitioners. 

The Management Society, a student-led organisation, hosts a broad range of events and activities, both subject-related and social. 

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Masters Extra (MX) Programme, which includes guest lectures from eminent academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance career development opportunities, and a range of corporate visits. 

Fees

Home
£13,470

Overseas
£27,230

More information on tuition fees can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page.

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. Find out more about the scholarships and postgraduate loans available.

Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

For women pursuing a business or business-related degree. 

All taught postgraduate scholarships

After your degree

Careers

Alumni of Computer Science MSc programmes have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including: 

  • Amadeus 
  • Amazon 
  • Atlas 
  • Avaloq 
  • Barclays Capital 
  • BP 
  • BT Openreach 
  • Capricorn Ventis 
  • FactSet 
  • Hailo 
  • Hewlett Packard 
  • Hitachi Data Systems 
  • Microsoft 
  • OpenBet 
  • Rockstar 
  • Royal Bank of Scotland 
  • Sky 
  • Skyscanner 
  • Symantec 
  • TriSystems. 

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.


Further study

In addition to the MSc, the School offers a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option.

The EngD programme in Computer Science is a 4-year Engineering Doctorate involving an industrial partner and incorporating a 30-week taught component and a 170-week individual research component. Students who have already completed an MSc may be able to proceed directly to the individual research component of the EngD. 

Many graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere. The School of Computer Science is highly rated for its theoretical and practical research in areas such as:

  •  AI
  • symbolic computation
  • networking
  • distributed systems
  • human computer interaction
  • systems engineering

The School also offers research opportunities leading to a PhD in Computer Science. 

Postgraduate research

What to do next

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Contact us

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 3253
Email
msc-admin-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk
Address
School of Computer Science
Jack Cole Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9SX

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