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MSc Business Information Systems Management (BISM)

MSc Business Information Systems Management (BISM)

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1 year full time 2 years part time
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Business information, and using it to increase profitability, is becoming an ever more essential part of running any organisation. This course will train you on how to design and develop information management systems and make the best use of them in the workplace – a highly sought-after skill in today’s competitive market.

From revenue reports and customer data to figures used to forecast sales and analyse trends, the useful knowledge which organisations can gain from information systems is virtually limitless. Experts who can use the technology intelligently and creatively to add value to a business, combining technical ability with an understanding of an organisation’s needs, are in high demand. This course is designed to meet that demand.

Why Study MSc Business Information Systems Management?

Since the MSc BISM degree encompasses the management of technologies and includes data analytics amongst other things, the expertise that students gather will be applicable across multiple sectors and not just restricted to the IT sector. Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops. Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.

The MSc Business Information Systems Management programme is normally studied over two years on a part time basis or one year on a full time basis. The programme is divided into study units called modules. A module is a unit of study with credits according to the subject and nature of learning. Students take 180 credits and each 30 credit module represents approximately 300 hours of student learning, endeavour and assessment.

Module and programme information may be subject to change. Not all modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.

    • Information Systems Quality Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module is at the heart of software engineering quality management and aims to impart the knowledge and skills for the engineering, monitoring, and improving information systems. Engineering good quality software products benefits from a controlled and managed development process. Managing the complexity of organisations and the complexity and proliferation of information systems and their many failures demand specialised knowledge and skills. In particular, quality assurance engineers, project and systems managers and auditors need the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess both the software process and software artefacts in order to provide guidance and leadership for their improvement. The quality manager also needs to have the knowledge and skills for evaluation and selection of appropriate process models, methods, tools and human resources.
    • Information Systems Strategy and Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS should be part of an organisation’s strategic planning. The module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the internet as the medium. Data management systems are now the central software of enterprise systems and the driving force behind E-Commerce. The module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. This module aims to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner and to give students the knowledge of how to use and manage information systems to bring value to an organisation.
    • Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      Focuses on the regulation of electronic commerce activities and associated technologies. It gives students an understanding of regulatory frameworks for electronic technologies and the underlying legal principles which govern electronic commerce. The module critically examines the role of regulation in the commercial context of electronic transactions and how such regulation applies to these transactions. Legal and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, conducting business online, privacy, jurisdiction are among topics covered. In addition, the module covers regulation in the broader context of professional and ethical issues relevant to the use of information technology.

      The module provides students with an opportunity to examine how data management techniques can be applied in business information systems to enhance the decision making power of managers. The module also equips students with sufficient understanding of the current theory of decision making and its application that address modern and future business needs.

    • Postgraduate Computing Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory
      The Postgraduate Computing Project gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake work that is independent (shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences), technically competent through employing techniques and exploiting the knowledge gained during earlier stages of the programme, professionally and ethically compliant, complete, supervised and academically sound by taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in their chosen specialist area.
    • Knowledge Management Strategy (30 Credits) - Optional
      In order to maintain competitive advantage in the knowledge economy, organisations need a knowledge management strategy. The aim of this module is to enable students to draw upon the latest theory and practice in knowledge management to be able to assist organisations in developing knowledge management systems that nurture and exploit business, social and technological aspects of the organisation.
    • Data Management for Decision Support (30 Credits) - Optional
      Data management systems are now the central software of most industrial data processing applications and the driving force behind Business Information Technology and E-Commerce. This module covers the concepts and theories of managing industrial data such as implementation of large volume of data storage, preserving data quality, data preparation for dimensional modelling. The module also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, i.e., data cleansing, data segmentation and data transformation, to discover knowledge from data warehouse. This module presents state of the art technologies that support decision-making and provide problem solving capabilities to managers in industry. The module is designed to give an introduction into the theory of decision making and management and some of the most widely used contemporary methods enabling modern decision support systems. In particular, the module explores theories in the domain of management decision making, for example, linear models, utility and decision making under uncertainty. 

Students gain knowledge, understanding and develop cognitive skills and abilities through self-directed, resource based learning, small group discussions, small group and individual exercises, lab sessions, demonstration software, online examples and the research project.

Throughout their studies students are encouraged to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. Critical evaluation and reflection engage the students in applying theory to practice.

As well as doing practical work in our laboratories, you’ll attend interactive lectures, where your teachers will introduce you to concepts and principles and demonstrate models and tools. You’ll also attend seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you’ll analyse systems, work on real life case studies and problem solving exercises, take part in discussions and give presentations. You’ll supplement all of this with your own independent study and research.

Academic Requirements

The principal criteria for admission are that entrants are capable of working at postgraduate level and are able to succeed at, and benefit from, the programme. The following would normally be considered appropriate entry qualifications:

  • Graduates with a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate discipline for example: Business Information Systems, Information Sciences, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Studies, Computing, and Business Information Technology.
  • Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate relevant experience in the information systems field and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


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Possible employment opportunities for our graduates include working in business and projects focusing on management of systems and on various technologies. In Dubai, due to the implementation of VAT, the adoption of emerging technologies, ERP platforms and mobile solutions is driving a strong demand for talented technology professionals to the region on both a local and international basis. With IT enhancements required to ensure UAE firms remain competitive, BIS managers continue to be a position of high-demand. Roles can include IT manger or project manager, business analyst, quality assurance engineer, information systems auditor or web developer. This programme also enables graduates to start their own business and to undertake further studies at MPhil or Doctoral levels.

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