Information Systems for Business Performance MSc

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Course Code: CKL18 Full-time

Course Title: Information Systems for Business Performance

College: Business and Law

Information Systems for Business Performance

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU fee is €10,500; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €18,000

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 honours degree, except graduates holding a degree in Business Information systems or equivalent. Those without the minimum degree requirement but with significant practical or professional experience may be considered. (See detailed Entry Requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


 Awarded the Best Postgraduate Course in Ireland in 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.

Course Details

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

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Part 1 takes place over the eight months of the academic year from the end of September to the end of May.

It consists of the following taught modules:

  • Electronic Business Models and Systems
  • IT Organisation
  • In-sourcing and Outsourcing
  • Enterprise Business Intelligence
  • Business Continuity and IT Value
  • Application Modelling and Design
  • Data Modelling and Database Systems
  • Storage Technology
  • Current Issues in IT

Part 2 takes place over the four months following Part 1 from the beginning of June to the end of September and 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 on a chosen industry sectors (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 selected topic.

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

Brochure here CKL18 MSc ISBP Brochure (565kB)

Detailed 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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply

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 (27kB) (27kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Course Practicalities

Consists of 8 taught modules which run from October to March, followed by summer examinations, followed by 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.

Further Contact Information

Dr. Audrey Grace

Business Information Systems



Tel: 00 353 21 4903820




Dr. Karen Neville

Business Information Systems



Tel: 00 353 21 4903668



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