MSc Management of Information Systems & Digital Innovation

Programme structure

Study six core 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.   

Our modules

In your three terms at WBS you will study six core modules, plus optional modules dependent on your choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice.


How you'll be assessed

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

MIS: Foundations and Critical Perspectives

This module offers a solid conceptual and theoretical foundation at the forefront of research on state-of-the-art information systems across various stages of their lifecycle from inception to decommissioning.

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Programming Solutions for Enterprise

The module will offer highly sought after programming skills in a high-level programming language such as Python.

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Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

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.

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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.

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Digital Business Strategy

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.

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Managing Digital Innovation

This module will allow you to apply a theoretical framework to concrete examples of IT-based innovation in product, process and service arenas.

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These are indicative optional modules which may vary year-on-year.
Creating Digital Communities

This module aims to provide an overview about how today’s firms use digital marketing technologies to achieve their business objectives.

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Global Sourcing and Innovation

The 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.

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Information Systems Consultancy

Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the many issues that arise when engaging in information systems consultancy projects. 

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Digital Finance, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

Learn how digital innovations and information technologies are transforming the provision fo financial services.

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Digital Marketing Technology & Management

Gain an overview of how today's firms use digital marketing practices to achieve their business objectives, giving theoretical and practical subject knowledge and understanding.

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Programming for Data Analytics

Develop a broad set of skills and knowledge around conducting data analytics using Python programming language.

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Strategic Human Resource Management*

The aim of the module is to provide you with a deep understanding of this strategic role of human capital management and the tools with which to analyse and manage it.

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Governance & Corporate Responsibility*

Open to students who have opted for the Business in Practice route, through this module you will understand the wider institutional location of business activity.

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Business, International Finance and Economics*

Open to students who have opted for the Business in Practice route, 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.

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Driving Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Marketing and Strategy*

Explore the importance of management of innovation in products, processes, technology and communications.

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Entrepreneurship & Business Venturing*

Open to students who have opted for the Business in Practice route, in this module you will study the contexts, components, and processes of entrepreneurial behaviour in different types of organisations.

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People and Organisations*

Get acquainted with the principles, theories and research surrounding the behaviour, leadership and management of people and organisations.


Please note this module is available only via Business in Practice route.

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Leading for Innovation*

Open to students who have opted for the Business in Practice route,  this module aims to develop a greater understanding of how to foster an innovative work environment.

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International Business*

Open to students who have opted for the Business in Practice route, this module aims to develop a critical awareness of the issues, problems, concepts, and skills associated with the development of international business strategy and operations.

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  • * Business in Practice only

If you select the Dissertation route you will work with an allocated academic supervisor and research a topic relating to Management of Information Systems or Digital Innovation.

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Business in Practice

The Business in Practice module offers an alternative to the traditional Dissertation route.

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Research Methodology

Gain the academic skills to confidently approach your dissertation project. 


Please note this is only a core module for Dissertation route students. 

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Our online platform

Our unique online learning platform my.wbs will act as the hub for your learning experience, hosting all of your teaching materials, key information from your CareersPlus and Programme Teams, and our online classroom: wbsLive.

Your learning experience

Your course will be taught through an exciting mix of face-to-face and online learning, utilising the format most suitable to the content, and in a way that helps you balance your workload and make the most of opportunities for extra-curricular activities.

Teaching and assessment will vary to fit the subject being studied. Our faculty have designed your learning experience to fit the subject being studied, with a variety of teaching and assessment styles. 

Your teaching will take the form of lectures and webinars, supported, where relevant, by guest speakers from industry to balance theory and practice. 

Your learning will be assessed by a mix of exams, group work, project work, and tests. Group and project work will enable you to collaborate and gain new perspectives from your international cohort, preparing you for working in teams within a global work environment. 

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. 

In total you will study seven core 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 industry experts.

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

Hands-on experience with industry experts

We use real-life case studies and practitioner input at every opportunity and across all our core and optional modules.

Learning facilities

You will have access to our outstanding learning facilities, including a Postgraduate-only Learning Space and IT suite, as well as all other University facilities.

Foreign Language Study

One of the great benefits of this course is that it offers optional free foreign language study in the evenings across all three terms. This is an opportunity to develop the basics of a new language. There is a choice of six different languages, all at beginner-level (please note we are not able to offer classes at intermediate/advanced level).