Our E-Business (Information Systems) MSc combines business strategies, leading technology, entrepreneurship and organisational behaviour. You will develop advanced business and technical skills to differentiate your career in the modern corporate world. This includes the strategic application of cloud computing, information security and other contemporary technologies.
On this course you will study within two world-class schools at Newcastle University. Newcastle University Business School deliver the course in conjunction with the School of Computing Science, which is the number one school in the UK for research impact in society as listed by the British government.
The e-business revolution would not exist without the never-ending research, development and application of innovative information and communication technologies. For example:
- marketing managers would struggle to design promotional campaigns without business intelligence applications based on data warehouses and online analytical processing (OLAP) technologies
- buyers would not be able to order the right products, from the right suppliers or during the correct time frames without integrated enterprise resource planning systems based on service-oriented architecture (SOA)
- the procurement process would not integrate supply chain partners in real-time and in an economic way without the extensible markup language (XML) protocol.
These examples show that visionary technologists must have solid strategic, entrepreneurial and organisational knowledge in order to make things happen.
The course will support your personal development, shape your entrepreneurial mind-set and enhance your employability prospects. We will prepare you to succeed in the modern e-business world.
On completion of the course you will demonstrate knowledge of:
- the business value of contemporary technologies
- your personal development as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur
- the feasibility of disruptive e-business models
- business planning and new ventures
- the link between business strategy and systems
- business processes, such as the ones involving customers and suppliers
- business intelligence systems
- organisational alignment for the attainment of e-business benefits
- the management and development of e-business systems
- Advanced computing technology such as:
- cloud computing architecture
- virtual machines
- scalable computing
- information security vulnerability and metrics
- human factors and economic drivers effecting security
- information flow management
- protocol analysis
- advanced Java programming
- distributed programming
- advanced data communications
This course is for professionals with a computing-related academic background. You should want to excel in the technical and business sides of e-business initiatives in any area of a company. This ranges from Internet operations to internal systems, technology start-ups to multi-national corporations, including product and service providers.
Your career will benefit through your enhanced computing expertise integrated with business objectives.
Our graduates progress into careers as technology consultants, IT managers, or project managers. The course is also relevant to industry analysts and product managers in the e-business sector.
Many graduates from our E-Business courses have worked for international companies, such as:
- Ernst & Young
- The Hut Group
- Travix International
- Hitachi Solutions
- BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- Lloyds Banking Group
Other graduates have used their acquired expertise to start up their own companies, or develop their family business.
This course offers a complete and balanced combination of modules on e-business. You will start by studying the fundamentals of e-business, gradually developing your analytical and practical skills. By the end of the course you will meet the most demanding professional and academic requirements.
Practitioner and research led teaching
This course has strong links with industry. Our staff are world-class researchers who have also been successful entrepreneurs, consultants, managers or top level engineers in government agencies or corporations such as IBM, Oracle and Philips. You will be taught by:
- Dr Arturo Vega (Degree Programme Director)
- Rebecca Casey
- John Colquhoun
- Professor Aad van Moorsel
- Professor Savvas Papagiannidis
- Dr Marta Koutny
- Dr Thomas Ploetz
- Leigh Sear
- Dr Ellis Solaiman
- Professor Paul Watson
- Dr Janette Young
We also collaborate with guest speakers from industry. In addition, you will have access to one-to-one support from our award-winning Careers Service.
Newcastle Science City
We are a lead partner in Newcastle Science City. The initiative aims to maximise Newcastle’s scientific potential and enhance our reputation for world-class science.
Newcastle Science City aims to create new businesses, attract investment and strengthen science networks. The initiative has created an entrepreneurial, technological and vibrant culture, which is at the core of our E-Business MSc courses.
Modules for 2017 entry
You will take the following general modules (60 credits):
- NBS8321 Strategy, Management and Information Systems
- NBS8263 Competing with IT
- NBS8322 E-Business
- NBS8323 E-Commerce Start-up
- NBS8139 Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management: A Critical Exploration
You will choose a specialist module from the School of Computing Science (10 credits):
- CSC8404 Advanced Programming in Java - suitable if you are confident about your knowledge of object-oriented programming
- CSC8406 Object-Oriented Programming - suitable if you have a basic knowledge of object-oriented programming
You will take further specialist modules from the School of Computing Science (40 credits):
- CSC8004 Networks and Web Technologies
- CSC8202 Information Security and Trust
- CSC8110 Cloud Computing
Finally, you will also take research related modules from the School of Computing Science (70 credits):
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £16,800
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Your degree needs to be in a discipline with substantial computing content, eg:
- computing science
- computing engineering
- software engineering
To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
I enjoy how interactive my course is. We are encouraged to actively get involved with discussions outside of the classroom on the course Facebook page, allowing myself and fellow course mates to post ideas and commence debates on particular topics related to business and technology concepts brought up in lectures and seminars.
Workshops and lectures enlightened me about the methods of carrying out a piece of research in the desired fields, for example what methodology to select and what approach to take. Moreover, I have gained new skills around how to effectively work in a team. Our lecturers had a significant role helping us developing collaborative skills and going through the practical issues, rather than just theories.
Programme modules which focused on networks and web technologies enabled me to have a clear technical recognition of networks, which in turn enabled me to better understand information system management. The combination of modules enhanced my knowledge and understanding, challenging and enabling me to change and develop my ideas further.
There were many areas of my course which I enjoyed, but what stood out the most were the teaching strategies and how students were engaged in different ways within each module, especially in the business related modules. The course has helped me to develop many personal skills, such as critical thinking and communication skills, in addition to academic and industrial skills.
I chose Newcastle as I wanted to gain the core background knowledge of an E-Business environment. The E-Business (Information Systems) course interested me due to my computer science background and also since I needed to gain a business understanding of this area. Newcastle University has a good reputation in both its science and business departments.