About This Course
Information Systems for Business Performance
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2019
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Non-EU Fees 2019
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Late applications currently being accepted.
Non-EU Closing Date
This course is now closed for Non EU applications
9 September, 2019
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.
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Part I of this programme consists of taught modules to the value of 70 credits. Part II consists of a collaborative industry research project to the value of 20 credits.
- IS6152 Business Analysis Requirements, Skills and Techniques
- IS6137 IT Sourcing and Project
- IS6155 Database Analysis and Design
- IS6154 Storage Technology
- IS6150 Electronic Business Models & Systems
- IS6139 IS for Organisational Performance
- IS6121 Leveraging IT Seminar Series
- IS6153 Application Design
- IS6138 IT Governance and Compliance
- IS6156 Databases for Management Information Systems
- IS6135 Optimising the Business Value of IT
- IS6151 Business Models for Disruptive Technology
- IS6140 Enterprise Business Intelligence
- IS6136 Professional Practice Skills
- IS6122 Collaborative Industry Research Project
Part II 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
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €10,500.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
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 for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 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.
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4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
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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: CKL18 Supplementary Questions.
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