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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management (part-time) (2 years)

Learn how organisations manage knowledge and apply information systems and technologies in today’s digital age.

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To be competitive in today's knowledge-driven economy, businesses need to effectively manage an ever-increasing range of information sources and technologies, develop analytics capabilities to tap into new sources of 'big' data to produce new insights about their customers or business processes, as well as design processes and platforms that enable them to share this newly gained organisational knowledge among employees. Central to all of this are information systems and knowledge management, ie the means or processes by which people and organisations, utilising technologies, create or gather, process, store, use and disseminate or share management information and organisational knowledge.

The MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management (KISM) is designed to introduce you to and develop deeper knowledge and understanding of the effective development, use and management of knowledge management and information systems in businesses and other organisations, and the information and communication technologies (ICTs) that support them. The MSc in KISM emphasises knowledge management and information systems practice as well as the theories underpinning it, and integrates technological, managerial and social aspects of the subject. The programme is particularly suitable for (but not restricted to) those of you with a prior degree in a more technology-oriented subject (such as computer science or other engineering disciplines) or with some experience in the IT sector, and will enable you to supplement your knowledge and existing skill set with a more business/management-oriented MSc degree.

The KISM programme does not provide detailed coverage of technical skills such as programming and software engineering. Instead, you will among other things learn to appreciate the strategic applications of information systems and e-business (in the modules MANG6247 and MANG6144, respectively), and evaluate the implications of existing or emerging technologies such as social media, cloud computing (eg MANG6247, MANG6180), business intelligence (MANG6038) and big data storage/analytics (eg MANG6119, MANG6038), etc for the nature of work and organisational competitive advantage. It provides an excellent basis for those of you who wish to have careers in knowledge and information systems management or carry out research in the discipline.

You will learn through a series of teaching and learning activities and assessment methods designed to advance your theoretical grounding in the discipline as well as your ability to function more effectively in a work environment. For example, during the programme, you will present some of your work in class, work together in teams to produce a business proposal, etc.

Learning and teaching

You will gain understanding and knowledge through a range of methods including lectures, workshops, computer laboratories and class discussions.


The programme uses a variety of assessment methods including written assignments (essays, reports), presentations, and examinations.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

The programme can be taken full-time (in one year) or part-time (usually over two years). The full-time programme involves nine months of taught study. This period is divided into two semesters, with examinations at the end of each semester. It is then followed by three months of work on a dissertation. The part-time programme typically involves taught study over two nine-month periods, followed by work for six months on a dissertation.

The scheme of study comprising the taught programme part requires students to take modules totalling 60 ECTS (120 CATS) points. Individual modules are rated either as 3.75 ECTS (7.5 CATS) or 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS). The programme comprises nine compulsory taught modules totalling 52.5 ECTS (105 CATS) and option modules totalling 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS). All modules are at masters level.

Optional modules provide opportunities to broaden understanding or to specialise in specific areas related to the discipline. Due to timetabling restrictions, not all options may be available in any given year.

The dissertation module (MANG6095) provides an opportunity for students to develop, execute and write out a piece of research into a specific aspect relevant to the programme. Projects are undertaken by individual students under supervisory guidance. The dissertation is rated at 30 ECTS (60 CATS) points and is a core module.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

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Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: No specific entry requirement

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

In addition to taking all core/compulsory modules, students must choose ONE or TWO optional modules totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS points.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are often related to knowledge management, the management of the IT function or information systems provision within organisations, or IT/digital/web consultancy. Future career paths may for example include roles such as that of IT manager, project lead, business/process analyst, IT/digital consultant, chief knowledge officer or knowledge manager, etc.

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