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Information Systems for Business Performance (MSc)

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Programme Description

Awarded the Best Postgraduate Course in Ireland in 2018 (IT), 2017 (IT), 2016 (IT), 2015 (Business), 2014 (IT) & 2013 (IT).

This is a conversion course with an excellent employment record. It provides you with a coherent set of skills which are essential in building, managing and leveraging effective and efficient information systems (IS) for organisations. MSc ISBP graduates will acquire the skills necessary to manage and leverage IS for problem-solving, value-generation and cost savings.

This is a 12-month intensive course with industrially mentored collaborative projects. Students are taught from beginner level, and prepared to take up business analyst/programmer and management positions in IT departments in small, medium or large organisations, whether public or private, in the financial services, manufacturing or any sector.

‌MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP) consists of taught modules (Part 1) and a collaborative industry research project (Part 2), which add up to a total of 90 credits over 12 months.

Part 1 takes place from September to May.

It consists of the following taught modules:

  • Business Analysis Requirements, Skills and Techniques
  • IT Sourcing and Project
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Storage Technology
  • Electronic Business Modesl & Systems
  • IS for Organisational Performance
  • Leveraging IT Seminar Series
  • Application Design
  • IT Governance and Compliance
  • Databases for Management Information Systems
  • Optimising the Business Value of IT
  • Business Models for Disruptive Technology
  • Enterprise Business Intelligence
  • Professional Practice Skills

Part 2 consists of a collaborative industry research project. This will give you a practical experience of a research project in a business context. This collaborative project will allow groups of students to specialise in an assigned industry sector (e.g. financial services, technological, pharmaceuticals, government, retail/distribution) in the context of a research project carried out under the supervision of an industry expert and an academic specialist. Groups will develop a proposal and carry out fieldwork in order to produce a report on their topic.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the ‌Postgraduate College Calendar

Brochure here CKL18 MSc ISBP Brochure

Why Choose This Course

The MSc ISBP is currently the most popular IS course, business course, IT conversion course and UCC postgraduate course.

Key elements of course are:

  • hybrid business/IT orientation
  • focused on understanding how organisations operate
  • strong links with industry
  • curriculum based on leading-edge technologies
  • emphasis on developing students’ ability to work as a team
  • develops technical skills from scratch
  • customised career and professional workshops
  • challenging and collaborative industrial projects
  • mentored by leading industrial entrepreneurs, Chief Executive Officers, IT managers, Chief Information Officers and business consultants
  • access to an IS and business alumni of over 2,000 professionals

Skills and Careers Information

MSc ISBP develops highly competitive and desired business and IT graduates. In fact, the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes have achieved  virtually 100% employment.  MSc ISBP graduates are employed nationally and internationally as business analysts, programmers, managers, web and database developers, project managers, auditors, researchers, business intelligence consultants, marketing managers and consultants in industry sectors reliant on IS.

 

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Learning Outcomes

For the MSc (Information Systems for Business Performance) (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;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the business context within which modern organisations operate;
  • Leverage IS/IT to improve business performance.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems for Business Performance (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;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the business context within which modern organisations operate;
  • Leverage IS/IT to improve business performance.
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Practicalities & Assessment

Consists of 7 taught modules in semester 1 followed by Christmas Examinations; 7 taught modules in Semester 2 followed by Summer Examinations, and then a collaborative industry research project during the summer months.

Assessment

The assessment methods vary in order to facilitate group and individual applied learning. Report writing, presentations, development projects and in-class exams are examples of the types of assessments used.

Who teaches this course

The MSc ISBP is taught by Business and IS lecturers and senior researchers with expertise in leading-edge technologies and enterprise solutions. Industrial mentors from organisations, banks and consultancies are heavily involved in the course through the industrial project and as course advisors to ensure ISBP’s ongoing relevance to employers.

You can search UCC's Institutional Research Information System for staff profiles.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

Part I

  • Leveraging IT Seminar Series

    Part I

    Leveraging IT Seminar Series (IS6121)

    The aim of this course is to examine current IT issues impacting Contemporary Businesses.

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  • Optimising the Business Value of IT

    Part I

    Optimising the Business Value of IT (IS6135)

    This module aims to provide an understanding of the issues concerned with ensuring business value and continuity of the service offered to the firm by information systems.

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  • Professional Practice Skills

    Part I

    Professional Practice Skills (IS6136)

    This module teaches students how to leverage extant research to analyse current issues facing organisations and to offer evidence based recommendations to address such issues.

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  • IT Sourcing and Project

    Part I

    IT Sourcing and Project (IS6137)

    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of the IS/IT function in a modern organisation and approaches to sourcing IS/IT solutions.

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  • IT Governance and Compliance

    Part I

    IT Governance and Compliance (IS6138)

    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the centrality of IT governance and IS/IT in a modern organisation.

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  • IS for Organisational Performance

    Part I

    IS for Organisational Performance (IS6139)

    This module examines systems and techniques used in managerial decision support in the context of evidence-based performance management and related organizational decision making.

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  • Enterprise Business Intelligence

    Part I

    Enterprise Business Intelligence (IS6140)

    This module examines techniques, technologies and systems designed to enable efficient management and manipulation of enterprise data assets required for evidence-based decision making. It also reviews related organizational processes and roles intended t

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  • Electronic Business Models and Systems

    Part I

    Electronic Business Models and Systems (IS6150)

    To examine the emergence of eCommerce and the role of the business model in enabling it.

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  • Business Models for Disruptive Technology

    Part I

    Business Models for Disruptive Technology (IS6151)

    To examine emerging technology trends and the new business models being enabled by them.

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  • Business Analysis Requirements, Skills and Techniques

    Part I

    Business Analysis Requirements, Skills and Techniques (IS6152)

    This module aims to provide students with the modern vision of IS development as an agile "rapid response" process which aims at aligning the information systems of the firm with business goals in close to real time.

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  • Application Design

    Part I

    Application Design (IS6153)

    This module gives students a good understanding of how to design applications from both a visual and a technical standpoint.

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  • Storage Technology

    Part I

    Storage Technology (IS6154)

    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of storage technology.

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  • Database Analysis and Design

    Part I

    Database Analysis and Design (IS6155)

    To provide students with the concepts and skills required to analyze organizational activities, information flows and to subsequently create the data models and database systems required to support these activities.

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  • Databases for Management Information Systems

    Part I

    Databases for Management Information Systems (IS6156)

    To provide students with the concepts and skills required to create database structures and to develop business reports to support decision making.

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Part II

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

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance candidates must hold at least 2.2 honours primary degree or equivalent, except graduates holding a degree in business information systems or equivalent.

Candidates who do not meet or achieve the 2.2 honours degree standard may be admitted to the programme on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Professor of Business Information Systems and the School of Commerce.

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 view the grades comparison table site. 

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 you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: SupplementaryFormCKL18

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 15th June

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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Winner 2018

Gradireland Postgraduate
Course of the Year – IT

MSc Information Systems for Business Performance was announced overall winner for the 2018 postgraduate course of the year (IT)

 

Multi-Award Winning ISBP 

Six out of six for MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP) after being named “Postgraduate Course of the Year – IT” for the sixth time in a row at the 2017 gradireland Higher Education Awards.  The awards celebrate excellence in postgraduate course provision, collaboration between industry and academia, and recognise employment initiatives provided by postgraduate course providers across Ireland. READ MORE...

2018 Winner "PostGradIreland Course of the Year - IT"

 

2017 Winner "PostGradIreland Course of the Year - IT"

2016 Winner "PostGradIreland Course of the Year - IT" 

2015 Winner "PostGradIreland Course of the Year -Business" 

2014 Winner "PostGradIreland Course of the Year - IT" 

2013 Winner "PostGradIreland Course of the Year - IT" 

 

 

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International Student Scholarship Award Available

Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme

This masters is an eligble programme for the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme.  The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. 

For full details including eligibility and application information about the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme click here.

Applications are now open.  Closing deadline is 30th of November 2018