E-Business (Information Systems) MSc

Course Duration:12 months full time

The MSc in E-Business (Information Systems) is delivered by two world-class centres of excellence: The Newcastle University Business School and the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University.

For complete information, access http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/courses/postgrad/taught/ebis_is/.

What is e-business and the role of technology

Contemporary research demonstrates that e-business success is a consequence of the precise combination of four components: leading-edge technologies, long-term business strategies, the entrepreneurial capacity to implement these strategies through the technologies, and the alignment of people behaviour inside and outside the organisation.

Clearly, this revolution would not exist without the never-ending research, development and application of innovative information and communication technologies. This can be depicted with some traditional and remarkable examples:

  1. Marketing managers would struggle to design winning promotional campaigns without business intelligence applications based on data warehouses and online analytical processing (OLAP) technologies.
  2. Buyer officers would not be able to order the right products, to the right suppliers, during the correct time frames without integrated enterprise resource planning systems based on the service-oriented architecture (SOA) and centralised relational databases.
  3. The procurement process would not integrate supply chain partners in real-time and in an economic way without Internet technologies and the extensible markup language (XML) protocol.

These examples cover the foundations of this innovative, technology- driven approach to e-business, but there is a vast array of material to consider in relation to contemporary and ground-breaking technologies as well as their strategic use in modern and future business, including the booming areas of cloud computing, big data and information security.

Remarkably, the examples also depict that the aims, investments and efforts of successful technologists are intimately driven by business objectives. As the history of e-business demonstrates, high-flyers and visionary technologists must have solid strategic, entrepreneurial and organisational knowledge in order to make things happen.

Who is the E-Business (Information Systems) MSc programme suitable for?

The E-Business (Information Systems) MSc is suitable for ambitious people with a background in computing-related subjects who want to develop their career at the exciting intersection of technology, business, entrepreneurship and organisational behaviour. Graduates from this programme seek careers as consultants, managers or in their own ventures. The knowledge acquired in the programme is also relevant to success as industry analyst and product development manager in the e-business sector.

More specifically, the E-Business (Information Systems) MSc is orientated to professionals that want to excel at the technical and business sides of e-business initiatives in any area of the firm, from Internet operations to internal systems, and from technology start-ups to multinational corporations, including the work at product and service providers. These people will skyrocket in their profession not only because of their outstanding computing knowledge but also due to a sound business-related expertise, which is an undisputed must to get top positions in the e-business world.

Examples of the international companies that have recruited the graduates of our MSc in E-Business programmes are Google, Yahoo, Dell, KPMG, Ernst & Young, PwC, Hewlett-Packard,The Hut Group, Travix International, Hitachi Solutions, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Ctrl-Shift, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Datwyler and Walmart. All this apart from some graduates who have also used their expertise to start up their own companies or develop their family business.

The Master is also suitable for graduates who would like to continue their studies towards a PhD at Newcastle University.

What knowledge does the programme deliver?

The programme provides students with this fine-grained knowledge of:

  • The business value of contemporary information and communication technologies.
  • Your personal development as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur in companies.
  • The feasibility of disruptive e-business models.
  • Business planning and new ventures.
  • The link between strategic objectives and e-business systems.
  • End-to-end business processes such as the ones involving clients and suppliers.
  • The management and development of e-business systems.
  • Ample coverage of advanced computing topics, such as:
    • Cloud computing architecture, virtual machines, scalable computing, information security vulnerability and metrics, human factors and economic drivers affecting security, cryptography, information flow management, protocol analysis, advanced Java programming, distributed programming, advanced data communications, XML/XSLT and much more.

Programme Content:

The programme is modular in structure, comprising 180 credits, which are studied on a full-time basis over 12 months.

All students will take the following compulsory modules:

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3
NBS8321 Strategy, Management and Information Systems20
NBS8322 E-Business10
NBS8263 Competing with IT10
NBS8323 E-Commerce Start-Up10
NBS8139 Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management: A Critical Perspective10
CSC8202 Information Security and Trust10
CSC8110 Cloud Computing10
CSC8004 Network and Web Technologies20

Plus a choice from:

Optional (10 credits)
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3
CSC8406 Object-Oriented Programming10
CSC8404 Advanced Programming in Java10

During registration, each student chooses between CSC8406 and CSC8404. CSC8406 is for students that think they have just a basic knowledge of object-oriented programming, whereas CSC8404 is for students that feel more confident about their knowledge of object-oriented programming.

Research modules:

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3
CSC8405 Research Methods (E-Business and Information Systems)10
CSC8407 Project & Dissertation in E-Business60