IS masters degree puts focus on business skill

Warwick Business School is launching a masters degree in information systems and management with a focus on business skills.

Warwick Business School is launching a masters degree in information systems and management with a focus on business skills.

MSc students can take business-related courses such as finance, marketing and organisational behaviour, as well as more specific IT courses, to help them understand the language of business, said course director Wendy Currie.

"Information systems are an integral part of running a business - we are combining IT with general business knowledge," she said.

"We do not expect a high level of technical skills, and we will focus on courses in management, virtual corporations, e-business, outsourcing, strategic planning and the supply chain. We are trying to say IT is core, but people need to understand how it fits within the organisational and global context."

Teaching will come from experts in organisational behaviour, finance and marketing, Currie said. "We expect students who are using IT but want to understand more about business."

The course was unusual in its balance between IT and business aspects, Currie said. Although the London School of Economics had a similar course, it was run as a social science, not a business masters, she said.

"The kinds of people who are applying have a technical background and do not want to do an MBA. They want to stay in the technology field but also want a strong business aspect," she said.

Applicants will need a first or upper second honours degree in any subject. They are expected to come from IT departments, consultancies, internet start-ups and IT suppliers.

More information:

www.wbs.ac.uk

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