MSc in Information Systems

Since information systems are prevalent in almost every aspect of modern business and are required to achieve today’s business strategies, it is important to understand the wider business context of information systems as well as how they should be designed to reach sound technical performance and interaction qualities.

Modern information systems do not have to be limited to the standard desktop computer or terminal and can designed for user needs of mobile workers or businessmen, which places new demands on design work and interaction models. Likewise, many of the bread-and-butter systems are either already built and exist as Legacy systems or are nowadays ICT commodities bought in the form of COTS, Commercial off-the-shelf, like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems, Business Process Management Systems (BPMS), Enterprise Decision Management (EDM) systems, and so on. These are then deployed in the organisation. Thus, the role of IS and ISD changes to accommodate new use patterns and business processes and strategies in a world of agile and global e-Businesses.

What does the programme offer?

The overall goal of the programme is to provide students with an advanced understanding of these aspects of IS and ISD. Following this comprehensive goal, theoretical concepts, models and tools will be compared with real and complex problems in IS and ISD in order to train students in advanced problem solving. The programme also aims at introducing, explaining and applying the methodological aspects of studying ISD.

The programme is capabilities-driven which means that after completing the programme graduates have specific valuable IS design capabilities and skills. The programme serves to provide students with deepened and thorough knowledge of IS theories, concepts, techniques and their applications.

Graduates are expected to demonstrate the skills and ability to:

  • design IS in order to achieve improvements and innovative change in organisations and society
  • apply theories, design methods, and tools for the development of IS
  • participate in and manage IS-related change and innovation projects in national and international contexts
  • deploy IS and IT in organisations and business activities
  • plan, carry out and report design and social science investigations and studies

Career prospects

This programme is targeting students seeking to pursue careers in information and business architecture and design. After a few difficult years for the IT-industry the situation has changed dramatically leading to a severe lack of IS and ISD professionals. The career prospects for students pursuing this programme is thus excellent. Graduates will be able to work as IS/IT consultants, business and system analysts, IS designers or IS/IT project managers, both nationally and internationally. It is evident that the labour market values graduates that have a combination of business knowledge and IS design knowledge.

Former students have found work at Tetra Pak, Capgemini, IBM, Microsoft, IKEA, UN, Accenture and Ernst & Young. Some graduates have also started their own businesses.

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Programme quick facts

Duration: 1 year, full time, 60 credits
Arrival Day: 19 August 2014
Study period: 1 Sep 2014 – 5 June 2015
Degree awarded: MSc, 60 credits

Class profile 2012/13

221 applicants - 40 enrolled
Age range: 22-27
Male/female: 77% / 23%
7 nationalities

Programme contact details

Programme Director
Professor Sven Carlsson

Programme Coordinator
Erika Sturesson