Heriot-Watt University
MSc Business Information Management
Department of Computer Science
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MSc in Business Information Management icon

This MSc or PG Diploma programme aims to impart understanding and skills in information management and IT with a focus on business. It covers the organisation and development of businesses, information systems and IT. It also addresses management and design issues for them. Students can specialise in areas like big data, e-commerce or IT project management. The programme studies IT, but does not require students to design programs or write software.

This full-time programme starts in mid September and lasts one year. Admission requires a 1st or 2nd class honours degree or its equivalent and evidence of numeracy.

The F2B1 MSc programme can also be taken part-time over two years or as a 9 month F2B2 Postgraduate Diploma. Last year's timetables can be found here.

Full time students take 4 courses in semester 1 and 4 courses in semester 2 and normally must take courses in bold.

Semester 1
C11CS Competitive Strategy
F21DF Database and Information Systems
F21IF Information Systems Methodologies
F29KM Knowledge Management
C11OH Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management
F21SA Statistical Modelling and Analysis
Semester 2
F21AD Advanced Interaction Design
F21BD Big Data Management
F21DE Digital and Knowledge Economy
F21EC e-Commerce Technology
C11PA Project Management
F21RP Research Methods and Project Planning


An MSc in Business Information Management project will either be an empirical investigation using experiments, surveys or interviews into a topic in business information management or will involve business or information systems related software configuration or development. Preparation for the project is provided by F21RP. After semester 2, students continue full time on the MSc project F21MP until the programme ends in August.

Various schemes are available for financing study on this programme. Applications are made to the programme Admissions Officer at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

English Requirements

Non-native English speakers are expected to be skilled in English at the CEF level of C1 (proficient). This can be established by an IELTS Academic English score of 6.5 or in other ways. English language training courses can be taken at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh during the summer before postgraduate study begins.

Postgraduate Diploma Programme

The 8 taught courses can also be studied over 9 months as part of a Postgraduate Diploma programme with the same title. Students who perform at MSc level on the Postgraduate Diploma programme may transfer when it ends to the MSc programme and complete their project F21MP for an MSc.

Candidates holding a little less than a 1st or second class honours degree or its equivalent may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme and are eligible for transfer to the MSc programme under the normal conditions.

The full-time Postgraduate Diploma is recognised by the Students Award Agency for Scotland for the award of postgraduate student loans to Scottish or European Union students.

Part-time Study

Part-time study for the MSc over two years is also possible by special arrangement with the programme director. A typical arrangement would be for students to take 2 courses in semesters 1 and 2 in the first year, 2 courses in semesters 1 and 2 in the second year and split the research and implementation of the MSc project over 2 years.

Programme Requirements

To qualify for an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma, students must successfully complete 8 lectured courses at the appropriate level. The assessment of these courses is by examination and course work.

MSc students must also complete the project course F21MP at MSc level.

Further Information

For further information on the programme or to arrange a visit to the Department contact the admissions officer.

The Department reserves the right to modify the list of courses and may not run every course every year. It may not be possible to take all combinations of courses, students must satisfy the prerequisites of any courses and any course choice must be made in consultation with the programme director.