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Information Systems (E-commerce) Masters (MSc)

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Part time 2–3 years To be confirmed

Choose Kingston's Information Systems (E-commerce) MSc

Information systems, when used effectively, can give a business or organisation the competitive edge. They can also transform businesses, restructure organisations and streamline business processes. This course seeks to address the shortage of people who can operate at the interface of business and IT, and offers the chance to study a spectrum of relevant business and technical subjects.

Key features

  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • The career-enhancing programme is designed to build on your previous experience and education and allow you to tailor your learning to suit your individual career development, industry background and requirements of your organisation.
  • An industrial advisory board advises on all aspects of the curriculum to ensure that new concepts are introduced and that the course continues to meet the needs of business and industry.

What will you study?

You will study the design, development and management of information systems to enable you to recognise and accommodate the increased rate of change and instability in the business and information environment created by social, economic, political and technical changes. You will gain an understanding of how information is used within an organisation, who uses it, the nature of the information, how it relates to decision making and how it contributes to organisational goals and objectives.

This pathway aims to provide you with the knowledge to design, develop and implement e-commerce applications to positively transform the business, restructure the organisation and streamline business processes to improve competitiveness. Its multidisciplinary and holistic approach places the applications and technologies of e-commerce into the wider business, social and economic context. As well as analysing, designing, implementing and managing the use of information systems for e-commerce, you will also investigate how e-commerce can accommodate the increased rate of change created by social, economic, political and technical developments, including legal and ethical considerations. You will also focus on the organisational and change management implications of new business models enabled by e-commerce, as well as the impact of the internet.


Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


  • The module focuses on various components of modelling an Enterprise Architecture. It deals with modelling the business and the underlying information and software system to support the business. It follows the object-oriented paradigm for the development lifecycle, and utilises UML as the modelling language. Indicative contents include aspects of enterprise architectures, business analysis, business modelling, business process reengineering, requirements engineering, object oriented concepts and principles and UML.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Critically evaluate and utilise a specific enterprise architecture framework.
    • Apply the principles of requirements engineering to capture, priorities, model and document functional and non-functional requirements, whilst appropriately collaborating with relevant stakeholders.
    • Perform business analysis and business process reengineering to develop business models.
    • Critically evaluate and utilise a software development lifecycle.
    • Apply object oriented development concepts, tools and techniques utilising the UML modelling language.
    • Critically evaluate and utilise resaerch methods, tools and techniques, taking into account legal, professional and ethical issues in the development of information and software systems.
  • This core module looks at ways organisations manage, store and secure data. Different approaches and methods will be explored to model data requirements into entity-relationship diagrams, logical diagrams and normalisation.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Explain the fundamental concepts of data modelling and database design and implementation.
    • Translate process models and systems requirement models into a database design using class diagrams and entity relationship diagrams and write SQL statements for the definition, access and control of data.
    • Evaluate different approaches to the storage and management of unstructured data such as images and multimedia data.
    • Critically asses information governance within the context of different organisations.
    • Describe and deploy data encryption techniques suitable for encrypting, signing and protecting data and highlight their correct usages and understand the principles and techniques of steganography, and how these can be used.
    • Evaluate the security risks presented by computer networks and understand the role of vulnerability assessment tools and other security-related software and be able to put them to use and design and deploy a firewall to secure a network.
  • This core module introduces IS strategies and their importance to business organisations in the current competitive global economic environment. As IS affect the structure and operations of markets and organisations an introduction to integrated enterprise systems and their role in shaping the structure of current competitive organisations focusing on standards, technical delivery architectures, implementation and related issues.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse the current competitive environment using appropriate techniques and identify opportunities to provide competitive advantage by implementing information systems.
    • Propose and evaluate IS solutions that could add value to organisations.
    • Identify change management issues and plan appropriate steps in order to implement strategic IS solutions.
    • Evaluate the opportunities that technology provides for the creation and delivery of integrated IS.
    • Critically analyse the technical features of integrated IS along with their associated professionalism issues.
  • This module focuses upon the usability testing, detailed design and prototyping of single-user interaction with data-intensive, web services and applications via the desk-top, particularly for information seeking and shopping. The emphasis is upon quantitative measurement for optimisation and efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction.

    • Coursework: usability test report, prototype, presentation
    • Schedule: allow approximately two one-week blocks in the first semester
    • Class size: approximately 20–30
    • Staff: Dr Martin Colbert
  • This module constitutes the major individual piece of work of the masters programme where you will carry out a project involving independent critical research, design and implementation (where applicable).

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Select, justify and use effectively the research methods and techniques appropriate for particular cases in order to carry out a literature search and an independent work of research.
    • Critically identify the need to position your research in the wider academic or business context and structure the dissertation format to agreed conventions.
    • Plan, manage and critically evaluate the project using the techniques and tools needed in order to bring it in successfully on time and within resourcing limits.
    • Identify and critically analyse real-world problems or knowledge gaps to which academic concepts and methods can be realistically applied to improve or resolve the problem situation.
    • Apply skills to show an ability to engage in academic and professional communication with others in their field through report and presentation.
    • Present critical awareness in applying appropriate legal, social or ethical obligations and when required, respond to the financial and other constraints of a corresponding business environment.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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