Management and Information Technology (MSc) 2016 entry
The MSc in Management and Information Technology provides students with the knowledge and the analytical and critical skills needed to manage the information and communication technologies that underpin all successful business practice.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
One year full time or two years part time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £9,400
- personal statement (500 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Management and Information Technology MSc page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
- The MSc in Management and Information Technology is an interdisciplinary programme combining the skills and experience of leading academics from the School of Management and the School of Computer Science.
- The programme teaches modern information and communication technologies and management techniques to prepare students for a career in IT management and other related areas.
- Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
- The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.
- Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities.
The MSc in Management and Information Technology is a one-year taught programme run jointly by the School of Computer Science and the School of Management. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.
The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: three compulsory and five optional from a wide range available. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students in Computer Science modules, and from 40 to 60 students in Management modules.
All students are assigned an advisor who meets with you at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2015-2016 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2016 entry.
- Masters Core Skills: equips students with essential skills in a range of topics including technical writing for computer science and information technology, presentation skills, research skills and project planning, all reinforced by practical assignments.
and choose two or three from:
- Corporate Finance and Accounting: introduces students to the basic principles and practices of accounting and corporate finance.
- Strategic Management: develops students' knowledge and understanding of the strategy process and organisational responses to the rapidly changing global economy.
- Managing Human Resources: covers both the strategic and operational requirements necessary to secure, develop, reward and retain employees.
- Marketing: Principles and Practice: introduces students to the nature and scope of marketing and its role in society.
If students only take two compulsory modules from the Management modules above, they may take one further optional Management module. Students also choose optional modules from a range available in Computer Science.
Computer Science optional modules
- Object-Oriented Modelling, Design and Programming
- Programming Principles and Practice
- Masters Programming Projects
- Artificial Intelligence Principles
- Artificial Intelligence Practice
- Language and Computation
- Advanced Networks
- Mobile and Wireless Networks
- Software Engineering Principles
- Software Engineering Practice
- Critical Systems Engineering
- Software Architecture
- Human Computer Interaction Principles and Methods
- Interactive Software and Hardware
- User-Centred Interaction Design
- Information Visualisation and Visual Analytics
- Database Management Systems
- Web Technologies
- Information Security Management
- Network Systems Management
- Green Information Technology
- Information Technology Projects
- Knowledge Discovery and Datamining
Management optional modules
A list of optional modules offered by the School of Management will be advertised nearer the start of each semester.
During the second semester, students work with staff to define and agree upon a topic for the extended project, which they will work on during the final three months of the course, and which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation. Dissertation projects may be group-based or completed individually (students are assessed individually in either case).
The dissertation typically comprises: a review of related work; the extension of existing or the development of new ideas; the development of a software system or skilled use of one or more applications; a critical analysis and evaluation of the project outputs. Students are required to give a presentation of their work in addition to the written dissertation.
Each project is supervised by one or two members of staff, typically through regular meetings and review of software and dissertation drafts.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MSc.
Conferences and events
The School of Computer Science organises a regular programme of colloquia, talks and seminars by external and internal speakers from both industry and academia. The talks are aimed at bringing the diversity, excitement and impact of computer science from around the globe to staff and students within the School.
The St Andrews Computing Society (STACS) regularly organises hackathons and other events open to local and external participants, including MSc students. These are very popular events, often supported by industrial sponsors.
The Computer Science blog regularly publishes news and events.
The School of Management hosts a research seminar series as well as a number of conferences and events throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Masters Extra (MX) Programme, which includes guest lectures from eminent academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance career development opportunities and a range of corporate visits.
There are many potential scholarships and support schemes available to postgraduates.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
School of Management Scottish Funding Council Award (Scholarship) Scheme
Scholarships for full-time Management and IT students from Scotland and the EU (excluding England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
For women pursuing a business or business-related degree.
After the MSc
In addition to the MSc, the schools offer a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Information Technology with Management.
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.
The School of Computer Science is highly rated for its theoretical and practical research in areas such as AI, symbolic computation, networking, distributed systems, human computer interaction, and systems engineering and offers research opportunities leading to a PhD in Computer Science.
An EngD programme in Computer Science is available from September 2016. This is a four-year Engineering Doctorate involving an industrial partner and incorporating a 32-week taught component and a 170-week individual research component. Students who have already completed an MSc may be able to proceed directly to the individual research component of the EngD.
ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
Fully funded awards for PhD students in the School of Management.
EPSRC Doctoral Training Award
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council provides St Andrews with funding for studentships in Computer Science.
Alumni of Computer Science MSc programmes have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including:
- Barclays Capital
- BT Openreach
- Capricorn Ventis
- Hewlett Packard
- Hitachi Data Systems
- Royal Bank of Scotland
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
School of Computer Science
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