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Business Information and Analytics Systems (MSc)

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Programme Description

The MSc in Business Information and Analytics Systems provides students with a portfolio of business and analytical methods for solving problems and supporting decision making. The MSc BIAS provides students with a specialism in Business Analytics as well as an extensive knowledge of business and IS concepts. At the core of this programme is a selection of topics covering cloud technologies, Business Intelligence and Business Analytics, IT performance management , data management and  IT project management.  A research project will allow student groups to explore and develop an IT solution to a specific business problem in an area specific to the Business Information and Analytics area. 

The MSc in Business Information and Analytic Systems degree offers a specialisation in Business Analytics with modules such as:

  • Design thinking for the Business Analyst
  • Business Data Strategy
  • Data Visualisation
  • Business Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Cognitive Decision Making and DSS

These modules will allow students to acquire the skills to mine and analyse data in ways that will enable more informed decision making and result in better outcomes for the organisation. How organisations capture, create and use data is changing the way we work and live. Businesses have more data readily available than ever before and are aware of the need to understand the underlying messages that are held within their data. However, discovering and identifying the underlying message requires a higher level of thinking and analysis.

Additionally the course offers a curriculum of core IS modules including: 

Cloud Technology

  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Project Management
  • IT and Organisational Performance
  • Enterprise Business Processes

These core modules provide students with the technical skills and techniques needed by organisations to explore organisational issues and support decision-making within a business context.  These skills are essential in any organisation where IT is integral to the success of the business. A group research project facilitates students in the practical application of the Information Systems and Business analytical skills that are acquired during the programme.

Why Choose This Course

Students develop a skill set appropriate for roles such as business analyst, data analyst, consultant, project management and IT manager.  This course is strongly associated with business where data and information plays a critical part.  Active input on course content and specialisms is continuously incorporated from multinational industry leaders. The MSc BIAS considers the technical enabling capability of IS and the behavioural aspects of management that support informed decision making. The course places an emphasis on design thinking and a cognitive approach to decision making.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a MSc Business Information and Analytics Systems? Consultancy firms, financial services firms, manufacturing and services organisations all require graduates who are data savvy and who can analyse data and draw conclusions. The MSc BIAS will focus on the development of these skill sets. Typical roles include Business Analyst, Business Analytics specialist, Data specialist, Consultant, Project Manager, Operations Research and IT Manager.

Occupations associated with this MSc Business Information and Analytics Systems course: Consultancy firms, financial services firms, manufacturing and services organisations.  

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Learning Outcomes

For MSc (Business Information and Analytics Systems) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Conduct research for business/policy sponsors and academic audiences;
  • Self-direct career development;
  • Understand the organisational context of data and information for business analytics.

For Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information and Analytics Systems (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Self-direct career development;
  • Understand the organisational context of data and information for business analytics.
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Practicalities & Assessment

Business Analyst and Project Manager are listed as two of the top ten jobs in the IS/IT sector[1]. The MSc Business Information and Analytics (MSc BIAS) is designed to provide students with the skillset to be successful in these roles. Organisations today need people who know how to manage and store data that helps them make better business decisions, compared to years ago when businesses didn't have data management at their fingertips to review and analyse to help them drive business forward. 

16 lecture hours per week, with 2 hours of lab work per week. Between 3 and 5 field trips will be organised throughout the year. Group project work continues to early July at the latest, concluding the formal course content. However, students may be required to complete an individual essay in their own time up until the end of July/early August.

A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme. Assessments methods include formal written exams, essays, group and individual project work and some lab practicals. Some modules are 100% continuous assessment and most modules have a minimum of 40% continuous assessment. During the programme, students will work individually and in groups. A strong emphasis is placed on oral presentation of work.

The course is taught by academic staff from the Cork University Business School. The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading IT organisations, major banks and research agencies. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in or leadership of research centers in UCC, and publish regularly in international peer-reviewed IT/IS  and business journals.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

Part 1

  • Enterprise Business Processes and Applications 1

    Part 1

    Enterprise Business Processes and Applications 1 (IS6017)

    To provide students with an overview of key issues organisations have to address when implementing new business processes and enterprise applications.

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  • Enterprise Business Processes and Applications 2

    Part 1

    Enterprise Business Processes and Applications 2 (IS6018)

    To provide students with an overview of key issues organisations have to address when implementing new business processes and enterprise applications.

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  • Design Thinking for Business Analysis

    Part 1

    Design Thinking for Business Analysis (IS6025)

    The module provides an advanced treatment of business analysis and systems design using service design and design thinking concepts and tools.

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  • Business Analyst Skills

    Part 1

    Business Analyst Skills (IS6026)

    The module provides a practical treatment of business analysis techniques

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  • Information Systems Project Planning

    Part 1

    Information Systems Project Planning (IS6027)

    The objective of the module is to teach students the skills necessary to plan information systems development (ISD) projects. Students will be familiarised with the area of ISD project planning from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. The fundamen

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  • Information Systems and Organisational Performance

    Part 1

    Information Systems and Organisational Performance (IS6029)

    To understand why and how organisations measure their performance, both from a financial and an operational viewpoint, and to relate performance measurement to the underlying control systems and their technical characteristics and constraints.

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  • Financial metrics for business performance

    Part 1

    Financial metrics for business performance (IS6044)

    To understand why and how organisations measure their performance, both from a financial and an operational viewpoint. The objective of the module is to teach students about the role of quantitative and qualitative metrics in the management of business p

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  • Business Data Strategy

    Part 1

    Business Data Strategy (IS6050)

    The objective of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate and establish a business data strategy that will facilitate the full exploitation of organisation data

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  • Business Data Visualisation

    Part 1

    Business Data Visualisation (IS6051)

    The objective of this module is to understand the impact of the visual presentation of information on information analysis capability.

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  • Business Intelligence and Business Analytics Applications

    Part 1

    Business Intelligence and Business Analytics Applications (IS6052)

    The objective of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate the tools and applications that enable organisations manage the corporate data complexity that prevails in more and more organisations.

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  • Analysing human decision making and decision support systems

    Part 1

    Analysing human decision making and decision support systems (IS6053)

    The objective of this module is to ensure that students have a critical understanding of the cognitive aspects of human decision making, and how Decision Support Systems are used in organisations to support human decision making

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  • Cloud Technologies

    Part 1

    Cloud Technologies (IS6060)

    Students will identify, assess and apply Cloud technologies, and in so doing, assimilate the needed concepts and skills involved in evaluating deployment of Cloud technologies securely in an organisational context.

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  • Secure Data Acquisition and Management

    Part 1

    Secure Data Acquisition and Management (IS6061)

    Students will assimilate, compare and evaluate processes, techniques, prerequisites and standards for the secure acquisition and management of data in organisations.

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Part 2

  • Innovative Software Enterprise Project

    Part 2

    Innovative Software Enterprise Project (IS6610)

    The objective of the module is to give the students the opportunity to undertake a group based IS software / Analytics project on a topic in information systems or to get involved in a substantial development project in a commercial environment.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

Eligibility for the MSc BIAS requires candidates to have a 2.2 primary degree at NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree or equivalent, with appropriate information systems or computing technology skills content. You may also be admitted to the course on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience, as deemed appropriate by the Professor of Business Information Systems and the School of Business. Typical students are from technical disciplines such as, Management Information Systems (MIS) or Business Information Systems (BIS), engineering, computer science and mathematics. It is also suitable for business and humanities graduates who have studied computer science and Business Information Systems (BIS) subjects with some computer programming content.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here CKL51 MSc (Business Information & Analytical Systems Suppl Form (17kB) 

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is Applications are now closed for September 2019 intake

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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