Information Technology (Business) MSc/Diploma
- Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
- Programme type: Taught Programme
- Study location:
- Entry date:
This programme aims to impart understanding and skills in key business management and IT subjects at Masters level. It covers the design and development of IT systems, the management of IT projects, developing businesses and e-commerce.
This full-time programme course starts in mid September and lasts one year. In Dubai a January start is also possible. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.
First destinations of some of our recent MSc graduates from Edinburgh:
System Analyst, Sage
Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University
Software Consultant, Absoft
Web Developer, Rubaidh
Consultant Developer, Veltlo
Software Developer, Deutsche Borse Systems AG
IT Specialist, IBM Helix SA
Database Administrator, Pension Fund Commission
System Specialist, UBS AG (Bank)
IT Consultant, Logica
Innovation Manager, United Biscuits
IT Consultant, Sirma-E
IT Manager, NCS
IT Support Technician, Sykes
Technical Support Agent , Hellas Online
Multimedia Developer, Amaze
Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take course in bold.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Databases & Information Systems||Advanced Interaction Design|
|Information Systems Methodologies||Advanced Software Engineering|
|Software Engineering Foundations||e-Commerce Technology|
|Strategic Project Management||Network Applications|
|Systems Programming & Scripting||Project Management|
|Work, Culture & Organisations||Research Methods & Project Planning|
After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project.
In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.
Students must have a first or second class honours degree with evidence of numeracy. Candidates holding a little less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work are at MSc level. Non-native English speakers should have an English level of IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.
Scholarships & bursaries
Alumni Scholarship Scheme
British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation Scholarship (German students)
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
French nationals aged 35 or under.
Japan Scotland Association Scholarship
Japanese nationals planning to enter a postgraduate course at Masters level at a Scottish University.
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
Local Education Authority Awards
MSc Fee abatement scholarships
Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
SFC Key Skills Funded Places (MACS)
Applicants resident in Scotland to the programmes listed below who have accepted an offer to study from the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Scottish applicants to the MSc in Actuarial Science, MSc in Actuarial Management and MSc in Quantitative Risk Management
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.