Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation MSc

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.
UK fees
£14,750 (Total)
International fees
£28,750 (Total)

Course overview

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Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming the ways businesses operate, allowing for new business models, services, ways of working and forms of engagement. This course will equip you with the in-demand skills and capabilities needed to utilise digital technologies effectively in business.

Our graduates are prepared to work in the intersection of technology and business, going on to careers including consulting, project management, systems development and strategy.

You’ll develop techniques for managing technology-mediated change and innovation in business while adapting to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by digital transformation.

This course has been co-designed by academic experts and industry leaders from our Advisory Board and you'll benefit from strong links to business.

Digital technology in business is a constantly evolving subject area with real world application and impact. This is reflected in our course at Leeds, which is regularly reviewed and updated to remain relevant to key trends and pressing challenges in digital technology.

Course highlights

  • This course responds to the needs of the industry and evolves to explore developments and trends, such as disruptive technologies, AI, blockchain, big data, and social media.
  • You’ll develop industry-relevant digital management skills, such as project management methodologies, digital transformation strategy, social media strategy, consultancy techniques, human-centered design and business model innovation.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in an area relevant to your specific interests and career aspirations through your optional module choice.
  • Content is co-developed by industry partners through an Advisory Board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses, including IBM, WSP, ITV, BT, Crisp and Thales Group. Members also deliver guest lectures, hands-on 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 either create an in-depth research dissertation, or have the opportunity to apply for a competitive company dissertation project, allowing you to gain industry experience by addressing real-world challenges.

Find out more about studying your Masters at Leeds University Business School.

Please note, until 2023 this course was offered under a different name (MSc Digital Information Management and Systems Innovation).


Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Course details

Core modules explore approaches to digital transformation management and the strategic importance of developing business opportunities through digital technologies. You’ll also learn about how digital innovation can help develop sustainability practices in business.

You'll develop your understanding of human-centered design and emerging AI systems. This will give you knowledge of the latest human-machine collaboration, as well as the critical challenges that need addressing.

You’ll also learn important skills for project management, such as agile methodologies. This includes learning about contemporary approaches to digital projects such as crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. You’ll further broaden your skills and competencies by examining the ways in which businesses use analytics.

Within the course, you’ll choose one optional module from a range of specialisms, such as data visualisation, data-driven consultancy, socio-technical systems thinking, operations and supply chain management and entrepreneurship. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for our ‘Hacking for the Ministry of Defence’ module, which allows you to use entrepreneurship and innovation frameworks to tackle real-world organisational problems.

By the end of the course, you’ll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to apply for a project set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to business.

Course structure

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 Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation MSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Business Analytics and Decision Science 15
Dissertation 45
Managing Digital Information Projects 15
Human Centred AI 15
Digital Transformation Management 15
Social Media Management 15
Innovation in Operations and Information Systems 15
Research Design and Analysis 15
Digital Technologies for a Sustainable Future 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Evidence Based Consultancy 15
Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice 15
Problem Hacking for the Ministry of Defence 15
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15
Operations and Supply Chain Management 15
Creating Effective Data Visualisations 15

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. Our modules include guest lectures from industry partners, allowing you to gain insights and career advice while building your professional networks. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, further developing your skills in research and analysis.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help support your studies. This is a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the school, your course 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.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in business, management or any relevant subject e.g. computing, information systems, engineering, etc.

International qualifications

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. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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.

Admissions policy

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UK: £14,750 (Total)

International: £28,750 (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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

We’re offering up to 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2024. 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)

Read more about Masters Funding and Scholarships

Career opportunities

From day one, we encourage you to think beyond your time at Leeds and reflect on a meaningful career. This course prepares you for a range of careers related to the management of digital technology and innovation.

Graduates can consider a professional career related to consultancy in IT, analytics or business. You’ll also be equipped to succeed as a project manager, which is a diverse career field providing opportunities across different industries and sectors. Some of our students also have prior technical skills allowing them to move into management positions within, for example, software development.

Ongoing digital technological transformation provides new opportunities and threats for managers and organisations, which requires shifting managerial capabilities. These are critical skills for any future digital business, and we work closely with our Advisory Board to ensure we deliver the latest subjects relevant for a career within 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.

Careers support

As part of this course, our dedicated Professional Development Tutor will provide tailored academic and careers support to help you achieve your career ambitions. They also arrange industry talks and workshops relevant to your future career.

You can access advice and guidance on your career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs and support to boost your employability. You’ll also receive coaching to support you to develop the professional skills you'll need to start a successful career and how to evidence these to prospective employers.

You’ll also benefit from the University’s Careers Service, 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.

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