University of West London
Information Systems (with internship) MSc
University of West London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This MSc Information Systems course aims to give you a full understanding of how information systems (IS) are designed, constructed and integrated within organisations. Your studies will take into account the large, varied and distributed structures of IS today, with multiple devices in different locations being used to access systems.

We welcome students from different educational and professional backgrounds who have an interest in IS, and you will benefit from our highly supportive culture and extensive industry experience.

This MSc Information Systems will build on the knowledge and skills taught on traditional undergraduate computing courses. Expanding on this foundation, you will learn about the challenges and solutions for introducing IS into enterprises and organisations.

The success of any IS/IT strategy is largely dependent on specialists who recognise diverse business needs and understand how technology can support an organisation to achieve its goals. Your studies will cover system architecture and supporting technologies as well as the effective management and delivery of content and data.

If you have not studied computing at undergraduate level, this course also provides a route to engage with the world of information systems. It will help you gain a full understanding of how information systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology and its integration into an organisation.

The skills and knowledge that you will develop on the course, including those in practical work, report writing and critical academic writing, will prepare you to complete your final dissertation.

Throughout the course, you will have access to laboratories and dedicated information and communications technology (ICT) suites, as well as specialist networks and software, the University library and digital resources.

You can also choose to take this course with a 24 week internship at a relevant organisation. Companies throughout the UK offer internship opportunities and, if you choose this option, you can gain workplace experience, develop new skills and connect with potential employers.

There are four main types of study that can be chosen during the internship, through employer engagement:

Software development study Research-focused study IS case-study Project management study. You will have an academic supervisor throughout the duration of your internship module. Regular supervisory meetings will take place at the university during this period as you work on your dissertation write-up before, during and after the completion of the internship. *As we are in unprecedented and unpredictable times, there is no guarantee that you will be successful in securing a placement in the UK in the future.

If you choose a course with placement/internship route we would like to advise you that if a placement/internship opportunity does not arise when you are expected to undertake the placement then the University will automatically transfer you to the non-internship route. This is to ensure you are still successful in being awarded a degree.

The internship route for this course is open to UK students only.

Assessment is based on a research dissertation.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Information Systems (with internship), MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

A degree (at least 2.1) in a computing subject, business or an engineering degree with a significant level of computing. Applicants with equivalent professional qualifications, or a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) will be considered, provided they can demonstrate significant, relevant work experience and the ability to benefit fully from the course. Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis by interview. Some optional modules may not be available to students without a first degree in computing. International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components. Pearson PTE Academic at score 58 or above, or an equivalent secure English language test. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of West London

The University of West London (UWL) is a government funded university in England. West London is made up of eight distinct schools: Claude Littner Business School, London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, the School of Computing and Engineering, the College of Nursing, London College of Music, the School of Law and Criminology, the School of Human and Social Sciences, and the London School of Film.

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