MSc Management of Information Systems
& Digital Innovation

Course Details

Study six compulsory modules before specialising with a selection of options over the duration of this one year course. Gain an excellent foundation in management theory and practical use of information systems, and learn to manage digital innovation to achieve business value. Our elective modules make it possible to specialise in IT consultancy or programming/analytics, or to combine electives in these areas.  

Hands-on experience with industry experts
We use real-life case studies and practitioner input at every opportunity and across all our compulsory and optional modules.

Assessment is a mix of individual assignments, group work, and tests. Your dissertation or Business in Practice module brings all your learning together.

Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route:

Dissertation route
If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to information systems and digital innovation, the 8,000 word dissertation will enable you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.

Examples of previous projects:

  • Blockchain-enabled transformation in banking sector
  • Mobile payment and business value creation
  • Ethical Management of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare: challenges in data collection and data sharing ethics 
  • Algorithmic Matching: A Look at How Data-Driven Decisions Have Impacted the YouTube Community 
  • Digital innovation in the sharing economy
  • Algorithmic management and ride-hailing drivers: a study on Grab in Thailand during a transition period 
  • Digital Marketing: leverage social media to sustain a successful luxury niche fashion brand 

In total you will study six compulsory modules, two optional modules, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methods module. 

Business in Practice route
If you would like to develop further applied skills and specialist knowledge to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop deep functional and industry expertise with practical insights from our faculty and our CareersPlus & Corporate Relations team.

In total you will study six compulsory modules, two specialist optional modules, two open optional modules, and also complete the Business in Practice capstone module.


Compulsory Modules

Programming Solutions for Enterprise

The module will offer highly sought after programming skills in a high-level programming language such as Python. In addition, it will introduce an excellent basis for other modules in the course. This module aims to offer a broad and contemporary perspective on developing applications for business problems. 

You will develop programming skills for contemporary business applications, and understand how programming can enable digital marketing, business analytics, and platform governance.

Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

In the new era of the "data economy", the value of high-quality, granular, and rich data assets is a critical success factor for transformative decision making in many industries and the leveraging of artificial intelligence (AI). 

This module will equip you with fundamental knowledge regarding the effective use of enterprise, web, and IoT data to meet the needs of modern organisations in the digital age and introduce technologies such as AI. The strategic value of data resources, as a means of enabling firms to achieve competitive advantage, is considered in order to understand the rationale behind the adoption of data management and business analytics practices. The challenges and opportunities of adopting various business analytics techniques, including using artificial intelligence for many analytical tasks, are investigated in order to obtain critical understanding of the building of organisational capability in these areas.

You will gain a sound appreciation of salient factors affecting the successful deployment of data-driven decision making in organisations using visual analytics (information visualisation) software such as Qlik and will get a hands-on experience of how to deal with and handle datasets and inform decisions through designing dashboards

Cybersecurity in Business

The main aim of the module is to provide knowledge and strategic practice in how cybersecurity impacts and is managed in an organisational context. You will examine the historical and modern rise of cyber threats, and the foundational issues of information risk changes in social, organisational and governmental framework works. 

Through case studies and practising cybersecurity industry experts, we will identify current technical issues from a business and technology architecture perspective. We will also look at cybersecurity and attacks from the regulatory, industrial, criminal, political, and hackers' perspectives, as well as exploring current methods and motivations of cyber attacks in order to look at the levels of risk, organisational culture and operational readiness in the impact on personal, operational and organisational performance. 

You will also learn about current and future technical, social, legal and political developments in cybersecurity ( including narrative engineering, psychological profiling, ethical hacking, quantum cryptography, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things architectures) and how these developments impact on skills, products, services and operational processes, and the supply chain and markets.

Digital Business Strategy

The transformative potential of digital technology for strategy and strategizing is significant, and we are increasingly recognising how this potential is turning into a new business reality. The pervasive use of digital technology as reflected in, for instance, self-driving cars, robotic technology, and language technology is impressive in itself. It will most certainly promise to challenge what we know about transportation, service work, and intellectual activity. In this regard, digital technology is no longer merely a way of more efficiently supporting business processes, but also something that will radically shape the core of what companies do.

At a time when progress in digital technology has made what seemed impossible, possible, the implications for strategy and strategizing are profound. 

The main aim of this module is to offer a broad perspective on the design and implementation of effective digital business strategies for contemporary organisations. You will explore platform strategy and its implications for strategizing in the digital age and conduct strategic planning to generate new digital business strategies. 

Global Sourcing & Cloud Technologies

This module will offer a broad perspective of various issues relating to the outsourcing and offshoring of strategic IT and business services in a global context.

The key objectives of this module are (i) to assess the role that outsourcing plays in shaping business and IT strategy in a global context as well as (ii) to understand how business and IT strategy affect global outsourcing and offshoring arrangements. The module will examine both sides of the equation: client and supplier.

From a client viewpoint, we will discuss various decisions and strategies relating to outsourcing and offshoring. From a supplier viewpoint, we will examine strategies to leverage knowledge from individual relationships (projects) and develop them into organisational capabilities necessary to innovate and move up the value chain. Furthermore, we will focus on the core capabilities that suppliers need to develop and how clients can be made aware of “good” suppliers. We will review and challenge best practices and methodologies in outsourcing of IT and business services using examples from most recent research. Furthermore, we will discuss changes and future trends in the outsourcing marketplace reflecting on (i) recent events and economic trends in wealthy, emerging and developing nations and (ii) threats and benefits for clients and vendors.

At the end of the module you will be able to make strategic decisions related to outsourcing and offshoring and effectively steer third parties.

Managing Digital Innovation

The development and spread of IT-based innovations demands new theoretical and practical approaches to the challenges of integrating technological and organisational change. Research shows that the spread and implementation of IT-based innovations in business processes, both within and between organisations, and through enterprise-wide and cross-enterprise systems integration, are dependent on supporting processes of institutional and organisational change. Understanding these challenges involves drawing on a range of theoretical contributions drawn from the social science of innovation which highlight the links between organisational processes and their social contexts.

A focus on the creation and distribution of knowledge provides an integrating framework for these contributions. This module will allow you to apply this theoretical framework to concrete examples of IT-based innovation in product, process and service arenas. Through roleplay exercises, case-studies and group activities, you will be able to show how a better understanding of the social and technological dynamics of the innovation process can result in more effective management practice, and successful business outcomes.

Example Optional Modules

Enterprise Information Systems

Enterprise Information Systems refers to issues of large scale corporate information systems, their implementation and project management.

The module offers theoretical frameworks to analyse these issues, reinforced by applying to published case studies.

This module offers you concrete experiences of Enterprise Information Systems Management by means of a participatory on-line simulation and an introductory exposure to the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning software package.

Digital Finance, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

The principle aims of the module are:

  • To provide the students with practical and theoretical understanding of how financial services industry has been transformed through the adoption and use of digital innovation and information technologies.
  • Familiarise them with the key technical, procedural, and business aspects of relevant financial technologies and FinTech innovations.
  • Provide them with the right mix of technical and business skills to manage IT change in a highly complex and distributed but also competitive setting in finance.
  • Explain to students how recent developments in fintech, paytech, regtech, and insuretech (e.g. open banking, blockchain and shared ledger technologies, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, security, etc.) will affect the future of finance.



Programming for Data Analytics

The objective of the module is to teach you to develop a broad set of skills and knowledge around conducting data analytics using Python programming language. You will learn how to develop Python script to collect, pre-process, analyse the data and present the results.

  • Develop script to scrape data publicly available online
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles and processes to clean the data collected online
  • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the common models used in data analytics and their implementations using Python.
  • Develop script to visualise analysis results
  • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of major Python libraries used in data science.
Digital Marketing Technology & Management

This module will provide you with an overview of how today's firms use digital marketing practices to achieve their business objectives, giving theoretical and practical subject knowledge and understanding. You will be given the opportunity to implement a digital marketing strategy in a joint group project.




Information Systems Consultancy

This module will help you to gain an insight into business systems integration strategy development in contemporary organisations. You will learn to conceptualise and apply relevant concepts, tools and methods, and gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the many issues and challenges that arise and unfold when information system consultancy projects are initiated, carried out and completed. External companies will provide case study material and practical guidance.

Example Open Optional Modules (Business in Practice route only)

Governance & Corporate Responsibility

Appreciate the wider institutional location of business activity. Examine how firms are both 'takers' and 'givers' of governance and regulation in a variety of formal and informal ways.

Business, International Finance & Economics

Exposure to the global economy brings new ideas, technologies, and management practices to a business. Whether looking to build a new plant, sell to a new market or find global business partners, exploiting opportunities in new markets or regions poses fresh challenges.

Many of those challenges arise from the different business environment that's present in countries around the world. What does an understanding of economics tell us about which countries and regions will see markets develop quickly in the medium term? Which governments act in ways that pose macroeconomic risks and which do not? How can resources and intellectual property be managed effectively? Which economic theories offer strategies to foster talent and help staff respond to new opportunities?

The patterns of world trade and the responses of governments have always been in constant flux. Businesses can't rely on traditional markets in the medium- to long-term. The pandemic has disturbed even the recently-established patterns of global economic growth. Strategic business decisions require an appreciation of the economic thinking that underpins these new patterns of growth and the changes in international finance that support them.

This module will provide real world examples and case studies to illustrate how economic thinking helps businesses make the most of new opportunities, while managing the risks associated with expansion into new markets and regions.

The module has been developed for business and management students across the WBS MSc portfolio and draws on ideas and research from macroeconomics, microeconomics, international finance, business strategy and development economics. No previous experience of economic analysis is required.

Leading for Innovation

This module aims to develop a greater understanding of how to foster an innovative work environment. It also aims to understand how to develop leaders for innovation.

International Business

The module aims to develop a critical awareness of the issues, problems, concepts, and skills associated with the development of international business strategy and operations. Topics will include: the drivers and processes of internationalisation, cross-cultural management challenges, the assessment of overseas investment opportunities and the specific challenges of emerging markets.

Entrepreneurship & Business Venturing

In this module you will study the contexts, components, and processes of entrepreneurial behaviour in different types of organisations and focus on key issues in developing business proposals and plans.

Dissertation or Business in Practice

Business in Practice

The Business in Practice module is the core capstone module for students who choose this route instead of the dissertation route. It will illustrate business theory in practice by combing academic lecture input with expert practitioner insights, and will also provide intensive personal work-skills development via WBS CareersPlus team. The module is taught over two intensive weeks incorporating an innovative and exciting business simulation. The module is assessed through a Firm Analysis assignment and an Individual Reflective Journal assignment.


If you select the dissertation route you will work with an allocated academic supervisor and research a topic relating to the Management of Information Systems or Digital Innovation. The module is assessed by an 8,000 word formal dissertation. 

Research Methodology

If you select the dissertation route, Research Methodology becomes a compulsory module for you and it gives you the academic skills to confidently approach your dissertation topic. The focus is on epistemological foundations, the design of a research project, the preparation for and execution of valid and reliable business research (whether qualitative or quantitative), and on the writing up and presentation of research results.

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