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Digital Information Management and Systems Innovation MSc
As a future digital leader, this course provides you with the latest skills and capabilities to utilise digital technologies and manage information effectively in business.
Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming business models, products, services and ways of working. You will learn tools and techniques for managing technology-mediated-change and innovation in business. You will be equipped to successfully adapt and innovate to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by digital transformation.
You will benefit from strong links to business, as the course has been co-designed by academic experts and industry leaders from our Advisory Board.
Digital Information Management and Systems Innovation is a constantly evolving subject area with real world application and impact. This is reflected in the course at Leeds, which is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it remains relevant to key trends and pressing challenges in digital technology.
This course responds to the needs of the industry and evolves to explore developments and trends, such as: disruptive technologies, big data, AI, social media.
Content is co-developed by industry practitioners through an Advisory Board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses, including IBM, Ericsson, ITV, BT, and Crisp and Thales Group. Members also deliver guest lectures, workshops, site visits, and provide dissertation projects.
Benefit from teaching informed by research from the AIMTech Research Centre, one of Europe’s most influential research centres in information systems and information management.
You’ll have the opportunity to complete your dissertation in collaboration with an organisation, allowing you to gain relevant, practical skills and experience.
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Core modules explore approaches to digital transformation management and the strategic importance of developing new business models, products and services - particularly in relation to digital technologies. Part of this is also learning about innovation processes to acquire skills for generating innovative ideas and actualising them successfully to grow businesses.
Core modules will also develop your understanding of the concepts and perspectives of the design and implementation of information systems, and how to manage digital information projects through project management methodologies such as agile. This includes learning about contemporary approaches to projects like crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.
Additionally, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the importance of digital information management as a core business activity. This involves critical thinking in relation to privacy, security and ethics. You will also examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science which will broaden your skills and competence.
Within the course, you are provided with the possibility to choose one optional module from a range of specialisms, such as data-driven consultancy, socio-technical systems thinking, operations and supply chain management and entrepreneurship.
By the end of the course, you will submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to business.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Digital Information Management and Systems Innovation MSc in the course catalogue
- Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
- Dissertation 45 credits
- Managing Digital Information Projects 15 credits
- Human Centred AI 15 credits
- Digital Transformation Management 15 credits
- Social Media Management 15 credits
- Innovation in Operations and Information Systems 15 credits
- Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
- Digital Technologies for a Sustainable Future 15 credits
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
- Evidence Based Consultancy 15 credits
- Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice 15 credits
- Problem Hacking for the Ministry of Defence 15 credits
- Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
- Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
- Creating Effective Data Visualisations 15 credits
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. This may include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.
This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor’s degree with a 2:1 (hons) in business, management or any relevant subject e.g. computing, information systems, engineering, etc.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.
If you do not receive an offer in a particular round, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we will carry your application forward to be considered in the next round.
Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
- Contact details for two academic references
- A personal statement
- An up-to-date CV
- Your approved English Language test* (if applicable)
- A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
* Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for a Masters course prior to taking a test.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
- UK: £13,750 (total)
- International: £25,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
We’re offering 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2023. These scholarships offer a 50% fee reduction and will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants who demonstrate excellent academic, professional and personal achievements.
You do not have to submit a separate application for our Excellence Scholarships - you will be automatically considered when your course application is reviewed.
International Excellence Scholarships (International applicants)
Masters Excellence Scholarships (UK applicants)
This course prepares you for a range of careers related to digital information management and systems innovation. Graduates can consider a management or specialist position in information systems, information management, senior IT and business development, along with technology, data and analytics consultancy. You may also pursue a dynamic career as a digital leader, technological innovator or entrepreneur.
Ongoing digital technological transformation provides new opportunities and threats for managers and organisations and requires shifting managerial capabilities. These are skills that are critical to any future digital business, and we work closely with our Advisory Board to ensure we deliver the latest subjects relevant for a career within the profession of digital information management and systems innovation.
Links with industry
Students on this course have the opportunity to engage with senior leaders and experts from the world of business as part of the Leaders in Residence initiative and our Advisory Board. Successful and established individuals will share their experience at speaker events and guest lectures to help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice.
As part of this course, our dedicated Professional Development Tutor will provide tailored academic and careers support to help you achieve your career ambitions.
You can expect expert advice and guidance on your career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, support to boost your employability, as well as one-to-one coaching on developing the professional skills you will need to start a successful career, and how to evidence these to prospective employers.
You’ll also benefit from the University’s award-winning Careers Centre, where you can access range of support to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions, even after you graduate.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.