About this course
This UK master’s degree in knowledge and information systems management will teach you methods to process business knowledge and use information systems. These skills are in demand to help organisations improve their business and reach their operational goals.
MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management explores recent trends and topics, taught by leaders in the field.
Knowledge and information systems management is how people in organisations use technology to create, gather, process, store, use and disseminate information that a business will find useful to meet their goals.
The industry is in need of people who understand the application of new digital technologies and can help them develop and use these systems.
Our MSc in information management will teach you how information and knowledge are generated, used and shared within organisations.
This knowledge management information systems degree 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 learn from academics’ who underpin their teaching with specialist research and industry knowledge. You’ll be encouraged to explore key theories in practical tasks to improve your analysis, design and consultancy skills. These are vital in a competitive job market.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
This course is led by Dr Hameed Chughtai, a Lecturer in Knowledge and Information Systems Management within Southampton Business School. Visit Dr Chughtai’s staff profile to find out more.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree.
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Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This is a full-time master’s course. You’ll study for 12 months, from September to the following September.
In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll study the taught part of your course. The first 2 semesters are made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
Compulsory modules teach theoretical and practical concepts in knowledge and information systems management. They combine the technological, managerial and social topics of the subject.
Optional modules allow you to personalise your learning to suit your interests and career goals. Topics include:
- consultancy skills
- application of simulation techniques in management
- credit scoring
- data mining
- managing the commercial potential of technological innovation
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn in an open, informal environment, and the relatively small class size on this course will give you an opportunity to regularly speak with academics.
This course is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, computer workshops and independent study.
You’ll also learn interactively, through group exercises and discussions, with your lecturers using real-world scenarios and current research to develop your skills.
The type of group exercises you will undertake include, reading a research paper and addressing a series of questions in a group and presenting your findings.
You’ll learn practical computing skills using industry-standard software package SAS to extract insights from customer data, and basic web programming.
Guest industry speakers will deliver talks on relevant issues. This year, representatives from analytics provider Qlik, gave a talk on the Data and Knowledge Management module and ran an in-class analysis exercise.
Assessment methods vary from module to module, these will include:
- group assignments
On some modules you’ll be marked for practical work. For example our web applications module will be assessed on a web scripting exercise and a business proposal for a new website. This simulates a real-world consultancy process.
As part of this course, you’ll complete a 15,000 word dissertation project on a topic of your choice. It is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge in a specific area to help you achieve your career ambitions.
Previous students studied a wide variety of topics, for example:
- technostress and the dark side of technology
- the concept of ‘connected cars’ as part of the internet of things
- cloud computing
- information security
- issues relating to online privacy
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 will advise on course-related matters or direct you to other types of support.
This course will prepare you for an in-house management of knowledge role, specialising in IT function or information systems provision. You could also work in IT, digital or web consultancy.
This master’s degree will also prepare you for further study at PhD level.
Our alumni have gone on to work for organisations including:
- Daimler AG
- J.P. Morgan
- Chase & Co
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
You must get your application to us by the end of the day on 31 July 2021. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We cannot guarantee you'll be able to start your course if you do not meet these deadlines.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000