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MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management (1 year)

With an emphasis on the way organisations share and create knowledge, as well as the effective development, use and management of information systems, this MSc integrates the technical, managerial and social aspects of these subjects. You’ll gain a broad perspective on the way organisations and individuals use digital technologies that will be highly valued by employers.

Due to high demand, this course is now closed to international applicants. We have a range of other related postgraduate courses that you may want to consider. The course remains open for UK and EU applicants.

Not sure if you classify as an international applicant? Check our fee status page.

Introducing your degree

This MSc in Knowledge and Information Systems Management will give you a deeper understanding of the ways in which information and knowledge are generated, used and shared within organisations. The course covers the strategic application of information technologies, including recent trends such as big data and cloud computing, and the development and use of information systems. You’ll also learn about the social and organisational aspects of managing knowledge, which are covered in more depth than on most other similar UK masters courses. Underpinned by our academics’ specialist research, the modules will encourage you to explore key theories through case studies and critical discussion of research papers. You’ll also gain practical analysis, design and consultancy skills that are highly attractive to employers.

In the contemporary world, digital businesses are increasingly interested in how they can use technologies to gather, share and analyse the growing range of data sources available to them and generate new knowledge about their customers and business processes. At the same time, digital technologies have transformed the way businesses operate and enable organisations to carve out new business models. There is demand for professionals who understand the strategic applications of these digital technologies and are able to successfully manage the development and use of these systems. 

The MSc in Knowledge and Information Systems Management will equip you with the skills businesses are looking for. It covers the main theories and practice relating to information systems management but, unlike most UK MScs in this area, also has a strong emphasis on contemporary knowledge management. Knowledge management refers to the ways in which organisations generate knowledge, and how this knowledge is used by and shared among employees. It is underpinned by information systems and their supporting technologies but also linked with organisational management processes and human factors. This degree covers all these areas, giving you a more rounded view that will be of significant value to businesses in a range of sectors. 

You’ll learn about current digital technology trends, such as big data and cloud computing, and how they fit into a broader organisational context – for example how they might benefit organisations and how any barriers to adoption might be overcome. You’ll also gain an understanding of how digital technologies can be an integral part of a digital business model that can enable companies to outsmart their competitors.

This MSc will be of interest if you have a background in information technology or engineering and wish to put your learning into a wider management or organisational context, or if your previous education or experience is in general management and you would like to learn more about how organisations build, use and manage information systems.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this full-time course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this part-time course for 2020/21 entrants


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Programme Structure

This course can be taken full time for one year or part time over two years (classes are taught in the daytime). If you are thinking about applying, please contact the programme leader below to ensure the way the course is delivered suits your needs. You’ll take compulsory and optional modules and complete a dissertation. 

The compulsory modules cover theory and practice relating to knowledge and information systems management, integrating the technological, managerial and social aspects of the subject. Optional modules give you the chance to personalise your learning according to your interests and career goals. They include consultancy skills, the application of simulation techniques in management, credit scoring and data mining, and managing the commercial potential of technological innovation.

The dissertation is also an opportunity to deepen your knowledge in order to achieve your career ambitions. Past students have studied a wide variety of topics including technostress and the dark side of technology, the concept of ‘connected cars’ as part of the internet of things, cloud computing, information security and issues relating to online privacy.

The blend of modules recognises that solutions to organisational problems aren’t just about technology, but involve different players with different, often conflicting, priorities. For example, modules such as Problem Structuring and Systems Thinking focus on understanding workplace behaviour as well as technological issues in order to analyse and resolve complex socio-technical problems.

Employment-focused teaching

While the course will give you a robust grounding in theory, our modules also include practical assignments that will enhance your employability. For example: 

  • As part of the Web Applications module you’ll take part in a simulated website tender process. Working as part of a team, you’ll assume the role of web consultant and interview a member of academic staff who plays the part of a potential business client. Based on an analysis of their requirements you’ll put together and present a commercial proposal.
  • The Digital Business and Human-Computer Interaction module involves assessing the design and usability of a real company website or app, and examining how the company uses its digital channel as part of its business model. For example, previous students have looked at how various start-ups use digital technology in innovative ways such as Monzo Bank, Twitch and Mobike. Your assessment will be based on a presentation of your findings.

Research-led education

The degree’s focus on the organisational processes of knowledge creation and sharing reflects the research expertise of our academics. When teaching, they draw on their invaluable practical industry experience. For example:

  • Programme leader Dr Hameed Chughtai worked in the software industry for over 13 years before becoming an academic. He uses qualitative research to explore people’s engagement with information technologies, bringing his expertise in this area to the Information Systems Management and Strategy and the Digital Business and Human–Computer Interaction module. 
  • Dr Jonathan Klein, who teaches the Problem Structuring module, conducts research into the structures, behaviours and contributions of communities of practice (groups of people within or across organisations doing similar work who get together physically or virtually to share skills and learning).
  • Research by Professor Con Connell, who leads the Systems Thinking module, includes studies into the use of narrative and storytelling approaches for the transfer and management of knowledge. He has extensive experience of information systems development in the NHS.

Key Facts

A distinctive emphasis on the management of knowledge as well as information systems management will give you a career advantage.

Covers the latest developments in technology, including big data and cloud computing.

Taught by academics who are at the forefront of knowledge management research and who have extensive industry experience.

Practical learning activities, such as a simulated consultancy exercise, will enhance your employability. 

Graduates have gone on to work for Citi, Daimler AG, J.P. Morgan and IBM.

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The MSc in Knowledge and Information Systems Management provides the necessary base to understand how to manage knowledge within an organisation and how to use information systems and technology in today's digital era.
Alicia PrasadMSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management
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Having been taught by a team of academics who are involved in cutting edge research meant we were able to tap into their knowledge and expertise. Coming here has introduced me not only to a new way of thinking, but also career paths I didn’t know existed.
Dwayne BrowneMSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management

Programme Leader

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Management, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering and IT

Required module areas: No specific entry requirement

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available on the University Admissions Policy page, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-masters course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

In addition to taking all core/compulsory modules, students must choose ONE or TWO optional modules totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS points.

Year 1

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Knowledge and Information Systems ManagementMSc2020Full-time£11,950£20,728
Knowledge and Information Systems ManagementMSc2020Part-time£5,975£10,364
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, computer workshops and private study. Interactive learning methods, using real-world scenarios and current research, will enhance your critical capabilities as well as developing your transferable skills. In Information Systems Management and Strategy, for example, you’ll read a relevant research paper and, working in small groups, address a series of questions and present your findings to the rest of the class. 

Assessment methods vary from module to module, but include exams, coursework and group assignments. On some modules you’ll be marked for practical work; for example the Web Applications course is assessed on a web scripting exercise and a business proposal for a new website that simulates a real-world consultancy process.

IT skills

The course also covers practical computing skills that will be valuable for your CV. For example, you’ll learn to use the industry-standard software package SAS to extract insights from customer data, as well as some basic web programming.

Industry links

We invite guest speakers from industry so that you can hear directly from professionals in the sector. For example, representatives from analytics provider Qlik recently gave a talk to students on the Data and Knowledge Management module and ran an in-class analysis exercise. Previously, we have also invited the Business School’s own web team to talk with students about web development and management. In addition, your lecturers will bring their own industry experience to the classroom. 

Student support

You’ll have access to a range of support services within Southampton Business School and the wider University. Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters or direct you to other types of support. You’ll learn in an open, informal environment, and the relatively small class size on this course means you’ll have plenty of interaction with academics.

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