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Why study Information Systems?

The discipline of Information Systems deals with how information and communications technology can be used to achieve strategic goals. The focus is on developing and using cutting-edge products to solve important organisational problems.

With a global shortage of skilled people in information and communications technology, the salaries for our graduates are amongst the highest of any of the professions.

Studying Information Systems will equip you to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems in government, businesses and non-profit organisations. You can study Information Systems at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Business School.

What you will learn

You will learn how to work in creative teams to develop cutting-edge products and solutions that might save lives, improve the environment or our standard of living and keep us connected. You may choose to concentrate on the analysis of systems, the design of systems, or the use of information systems in organisations.


Areas of study

  • Information Systems involves the analysis and design of systems, including areas such as computer networking, information security, database management, and decision support systems.
  • Information Management deals with the practical and theoretical problems of collecting and analysing information in a business function area. Topics include business productivity tools, applications programming and implementation, electronic commerce, digital media production, data mining, and decision support.
  • Data Communications and Networking deals with the telecommunication technologies that are increasingly important in today’s world. The data communications and computer network courses are integrated with the Cisco Networking Academy Programme giving students the opportunity to prepare for the CCNA professional networking certification.

Studying Information Systems at postgraduate level involves looking at how information and communications technology can be used to achieve strategic goals. The focus is on the design, development, and implementation of cutting-edge solutions to solve important organisational problems. Information Systems research looks at both the technical and organisational aspects of information technology.


Career opportunities

Depending on what study area you decide to focus on, an exciting range or careers is open to you:

  • Information Systems: application developer/consultant, business analyst/consultant, business process engineer, systems analyst/consultant/developer, programmer analyst, software engineer, and database administrator.
  • Data Communications and Networking: network administrator, network engineer, network analyst/consultant, and data communications specialist.
  • Information Management: business analyst/consultant, knowledge manager, IT project manager, business intelligence consultant, and ERP consultant.

If you choose to complete a postgraduate degree, more advanced or senior roles are possible including those that impact the strategic direction of an organisation.


Programmes available

You can choose from one of the following degree programmes if you wish to study Information Systems:

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
The BCom offers Information Systems as a single major or as a double major alongside one of the other majors offered within the BCom. You can also study the Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems as part of a conjoint degree programme where you study for two degrees at once.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
The BCom (Hons) is one fulltime year of postgraduate study following the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Entry is by invitation only and is based on superior grades in the subject area.

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom)
This postgraduate diploma consists of one fulltime year of postgraduate coursework following the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Master of Commerce (MCom)
The MCom degree is a two-year postgraduate programme. The first year is course work, which may be taken as bachelor honours, while the second year comprises a research thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
As a general rule you need to have successfully completed either a bachelor honours degree or masters degree to be eligible to study for a PhD in Information Systems.