Advanced Computer Science and IT Management: Information Management [MSc]

Degree awarded: Master of Science

Duration: 12 months full-time

Entry requirements:

NOTE: This course will close following the September 2018 intake. The course will no longer run from September 2019.

 We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in Computer Science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% Computer Science content. Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a good honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

We require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills.

Course fees: For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £22,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,375 per 15 credits £4,000 dissertation
    International students (per annum): £1,375 per 15 credits £4,000 dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact email: pgt-compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: 0161 2750698

How to apply:

NOTE: This course will close following the September 2018 intake. The course will no longer run from September 2019.  

You may apply for all postgraduate courses using our  online application system  .

Dates and deadlines

Overseas Applicants:

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, the School of Computer Science has introduced an application deadline for overseas applicants of  Friday 17 November 2017 , by which all applications for 2018 entry must be submitted via our  online application system . Any applications received beyond this date will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

UK/EU Applicants:

We will continue to accept and consider applications from UK/EU students beyond 17 November 2017 due to the nature of the typical application window within the UK and Europe.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course description

NOTE: This course will close following the September 2018 intake. The course will no longer run from September 2019.  

The Information management pathway addresses both the technical challenges of information capture and usage from big data, and the need for its effective and efficient management and analysis within business, scientific, educational, entertainment and organisational contexts. This MSc pathway will examine the entire information management life cycle, including data strategy, management, design and warehousing, data analytics and information governance. In addition to the need to work with huge volumes of data, the pathway will also address multi-modality, including un- and semi-structured data, image and video data, spatial and temporal data, etc.

The pathway consists of two (compulsory) units from the Data Engineering and IT governance ACS theme, three additional compulsory units on various aspects of information management, and one optional unit covering various application areas (such as decision support, text mining, optimisation).

The pathway is taught in collaboration with Manchester Business School (MBS). As such, the programme benefits from the offerings of both schools.  MBS is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK offering world-leading business education informed by leading edge theory and practice. Similarly, the School of Computer Science is renowned as a world-class centre of excellence in computing teaching and research.

Special features

IBM has announced that Prof. John Keane from the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester is one of the winners of its2013 Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards. He joins 13 other researchers from around the world who will bring together their innovative research for the benefit of curricular development. The award will support technical case studies investigating the design and implementation of big data problems to enhance the postgraduate module in Data Engineering which is central to the Information Management pathway of the Advanced Computer Science and IT management MSc at Manchester.

Additional course fees information

Academic entry qualification overview:

NOTE: This course will close following the September 2018 intake. The course will no longer run from September 2019.

 We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in Computer Science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% Computer Science content. Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a good honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

We require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills.

English language:

All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in one of the following english language qualifications:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 minimum (with no less than 6 in any of the sub-categories)
  • Internet based TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C'
  • Pearson English overall 59 (writing 51)

If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their courses.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

IBM is supportive of the Information Management pathway. The programme fits with some of IBM's core business objectives and also that of some of our clients. (Martyn Spink, University of Manchester Relationship Manager, IBM UK Limited).

We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry. This is managed by our Employability Tutor; see the School of Computer Science's employability pages for more information.

Course units and themes

The Information management pathway addresses both the technical challenges of information capture and usage from big data, and the need for its effective and efficient management and analysis within business, scientific, educational, entertainment and organisational contexts. This MSc pathway will examine the entire information management life cycle, including data strategy, management, design and warehousing, data analytics and information governance. In addition to the need to work with huge volumes of data, the pathway will also address multi-modality, including un- and semi-structured data, image and video data, spatial and temporal data, etc.

Data Engineering and Systems Governance

This theme aims to provide students with an overview and understanding of the entire data life cycle, including data creation, modelling, acquisition, representation, use, maintenance, preservation and disposal, as well as the general use of IT to secure data and information. It discusses database design, data warehousing, maintenance and analytics, data standards and data quality, as well as managing the human behaviour affecting the security of data and information systems.

Information Management 1

This theme addresses topics in information management and data analytics.

Students taking MSc ACSwITM: Information Management choose two units from this theme.

To ensure a balance of units delivered by the Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Computer Science students taking MSc ACSwITM: Information Management must take either COMP61011, or COMP61332, but not both.

Information Management 2

This theme covers topics in optimisation, planning, problem-solving, decision support and text mining.

Students taking MSc ACSwITM: Information Management choose two units from this theme.

To ensure a balance of units delivered by the Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Computer Science students taking MSc ACSwITM: Information Management must take either COMP61011, or COMP61332, but not both.

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