We live in a world increasingly dependent upon the use of technology and information. The art of representing information by technology is fast becoming an inexact and blurred science. The Information Engineer of the future must be equipped with the appropriate skills to meet these challenges. Managing various aspects of information systems used by companies is one of the key skills required by computing and IT specialists. The ISM postgraduate programme aims to provide students with sound knowledge of planning and control of information systems. It will give students the skills and knowledge of tools to build effective systems incorporating databases and front end, web based technologies. The ISM MSc programme also aims to develop the ability of students to critically analyse information and effectively use methods to understand information and information systems. In addition, it will enable students to make informed decisions concerning the use of information systems in a business environment. Typical content The following is an indication of current programme content. However, the rapidly changing nature of the subject area means that both the courses offered, and individual course content, may vary in future years. Finally note that certain combinations of options may not be available. Masters students take 120 credits of taught courses and undertake a 60 credit project. All courses are 15 credits unless otherwise stated. Core courses: Project and dissertation (60 credits including a 15-credit course in Research Methods) - a substantial individual project of your choice IT Contract & Project Management Information Methods & Culture Systems Planning & Management Audit & Security Requirements Analysis Systems Process Modelling Plus 2 options chosen from: Data Warehousing Internet & Web Technologies Internet & Intranet Technologies - Enterprise Systems Business Analysis Specifics Entry requirements A good first degree in Information Systems or a Computing related degree. Those who have substantial commercial or industrial experience but lack formal qualifications should seek an interview with the programme leader. Professional recognition This MSc is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the chartered body responsible for establishing and maintaining technical and ethical standards in the computing profession. Subject to some straightforward conditions, the programme leads to full exemption from the BCS Postgraduate Diploma and PGD Project. Additionally, this qualification gives partial Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and can be combined with a partial CEng from an accredited BSc course to give full CEng status. Outcome Upon successful completion of this master's programme students should be proficient in the development of internet, web and database technologies. They will also have developed the project management skills required for IT consultancy and strategic decision making. Students graduating from ISM would typically be in a position to become IT consultants or IT managers.