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Embark on an exciting journey towards a dynamic career in technology and information systems management with the Management of Information Systems MSc. This program is carefully designed for those aspiring towards careers in managing technology-based information systems management, by developing an understanding of complex relationships between people, information, processes and technology in order to support organisations and industries.

The course covers key topics in digital transformation, operations management, supply chain, business process analysis, change management and enterprise systems, all which have carefully been selected to provide you with the skillset necessary to thrive in the management of information systems aligned with innovative application of digital technology.


  • Start dateFull-time: October, part-time: throughout the year
  • DurationOne year full-time, Three years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

The MSc has been designed to suit students from a range of backgrounds, including:

Graduates and early-career professionals: Ideal for those who have recently completed their studies or are in the early stages of their career, looking to specialize in managing information systems and driving technological transformation across diverse sectors such as aerospace, automotive, rail, energy, and defence.

Diverse academic backgrounds: While the course is a natural fit for those with undergraduate degrees in IT, computing, information systems, and engineering, we also extend a warm welcome to professionals who have gained valuable industry experience in managing information systems and projects.

Aspiring leaders: Our program is particularly beneficial for those who are keen to transition from a technical role to a managerial position within the information management domain. It's an opportunity to complement your technical expertise with essential managerial and engagement skills.

A spectrum of industries: Whether you're from aerospace, automotive, rail, energy, defence, or any sector where technology plays a pivotal role, this course will equip you with the skills to lead and innovate.

Why this course?

This program offers deep insights into the complex interplay of people, information, processes, and technology, equipping you with the knowledge to make informed decisions, coordinate, and analyse information effectively. You will gain a versatile skill set and practical knowledge, opening doors to a multitude of career paths. Whether your interest lies in research, engineering, manufacturing, production, design, business, consulting, or finance, this course prepares you to excel. The diversity of skills you will gain paves the way for you to become the business leaders of tomorrow.

The MSc in Management of Information Systems is designed to deepen your understanding of these critical elements, empowering you to support and innovate within organizations and industries. In particular, you will gain access to:

  • Key industry topics: Dive into essential subjects like digital transformation, operations management, supply chain, business process analysis, AI, and enterprise systems. These carefully selected topics ensure you gain the vital skills needed to excel in information systems management, bolstered by the innovative application of digital technologies.
  • Prestigious accreditations: The course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, reflecting our commitment to excellence and industry relevance.
  • Global career opportunities: Our graduates are highly sought after, securing exciting roles in globally renowned companies. This program is your gateway to a world of professional opportunities and advancements.

The course has been designed to provide a range of unique learning opportunities, including:

Collaborative projects: Engage in team-based work on real industrial projects, providing a hands-on experience that mirrors the professional world.

Industry case studies: Learn through industry-specific case studies and discussions, gaining an appreciation of the significant challenges and opportunities in the business world.

Critical management skills: Develop essential management and consultancy skills through critical thinking, appraisal, and analysis, preparing you for leadership roles.

Prestigious learning environment: Benefit from a high-quality learning experience at a prestigious institution, where teaching is closely aligned with real-life industry challenges.

Access to industry tools: Get hands-on experience with industry-standard software and systems, such as SAP, enhancing your practical skills and employability.

Discover the unique facilities available to you as a student on the Management of Information Systems MSc.


Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

Course details

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Course delivery

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Individual project

A key element of the Master's programme is the project work undertaken.

The individual research project is either industrially or Cranfield University driven. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability, the ability to think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in manufacturing. The projects are sponsored by industrial organisations.

Companies that have recruited and sponsored project work include 3M Health Care, Airbus, Aston Martin, BAE Systems, BT, Chubb Security, Ford Motor Company, GEC, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Jaguar, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, Pfizer, Philips, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.


Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

Course modules

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course.

Enterprise Systems


    The module aims to provide a systematic understanding and knowledge of the enterprise systems principles and how to use these systems to manage an enterprise. The course will also provide hands-on experience using SAP as a leading industry-standard software application.

    • Introduction to business functions, processes and data requirements within an enterprise.
    • Enterprise wide IT systems. Managing Enterprise through ERP.
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): concepts, techniques and tools.
    • ERP selection and implementation issues.
    • An Introduction to IoT and Cyber Security.
    • SAP based hands-on case studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Describe the principles of business functions, processes and data infrastructure.

2. Explain the concepts, tools and techniques of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and its related subjects such as IoT and Cyber Security.

3. Evaluate issues and challenges in ERP implementation and the importance of Enterprise-wide systems to business operations.

4. Identify the various criteria for ERP selection.

5. Demonstrate working/application knowledge on the use of SAP tool through hands-on case studies.

Operations Management


    To introduce you to core factors of managing operations.

    • An introduction to manufacturing and service activities.
    • Capacity, demand and load; identifying key capacity determinant; order-size mix problem; coping with changes in demand.
    • Standard times, and how to calculate them; process analysis and supporting tools; process simplification.
    • What quality is; standards and frameworks; quality tools; quality in the supply chain.
    • Scheduling rules; scheduling and nested set-ups.
    • Roles of inventory; dependent and independent demand; Economic Order Quantity; uncertain demand; inventory management systems and measures.
    • Information systems – at operational, managerial, and strategic levels; bills of material; MRP, MPRll and ERP systems.
    • Ohno’s 7 wastes; Just-in-Time systems (including the Toyota Production System, and Kanbans).
    • Class discussion of cases, exercises, and videos to support this syllabus.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Assess the key capacity determinant in an operation, and carry out an analysis to develop the most appropriate approach in response to changes in demand.
2. Select and apply appropriate approaches and tools to determine standards and improve processes.
3. Determine the information needed to support businesses, in particular manufacturing operations.
4. Assess and select appropriate Just-in-Time (JIT) tools to improve operations.
5. Develop appropriate quality systems for the whole of their supply chain – from supplier, through operations to customers – and ensure these systems are sustained and a culture of continuous improvement prevails.

Data Analytics

    To develop your understanding and practice of business data analytics to describe, predict, and inform business decisions.
    • Big Data and Business decisions.
    • Basic Data Analytics.
      • Usage of Tools for Data Modelling, Management and Analysis.
      • Data quality and system interoperability.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


  1. 1. Distinguish the types of data typical in business management.

  1. 2. Construct data models from datasets representative of data extracted from business IT systems.

  1. 3. Evaluate reliability of datasets and devise ways to enhance trustworthiness of data extracted from business IT systems.

  1. 4. Analyse and investigate patterns from datasets representative of data extracted from business IT systems.

  1. 5. Present data analysis results to support management decisions.

Enterprise Modelling


    To extend your ability to evaluate integrated knowledge systems within the context of the wider enterprise environment through the application of modelling and simulation tools, techniques and methodologies.

    • Introduction to modelling: taxonomy, overview of methods and techniques;
    • Enterprise Modelling and lean concepts and architecture
    • Structured Systems Analysis methodology, Process description capture tools and techniques, Object state transition network;
    • Discrete-event simulation, Systems dynamics and Agent-based simulation techniques and methodologies;
    • Case study analysis, use of industry-based software tools
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
1. Distinguish the concepts of modelling approaches and architecture.
2. Analyse challenges in the capture and representation of business knowledge for the purpose of modelling.
3. Critically evaluate the opportunities in a business where modelling and simulation can add value.
4. Construct and apply different modelling & simulation tools used in producing enterprise models.

Supply Chain Management


    To introduce you to the wider issues surrounding the management and optimisation of supply chains.

    • Supply chain concepts

    • Supply chain strategy

    • Relationship management

    • Supplier Selection and Evaluation

    • Supplier Sustainability

    • Supply chain Planning

    • Design & Operating SC

    • Outsourcing Product Design and Manufacturing

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Evaluate issues surrounding the development of the right supply chain strategy for the business / product groups.
2. Create strategies for managing the information flows in a supply network in order to reduce the bullwhip effect and the challenges of accurate demand and forecast planning.
3. Evaluate the challenges with improving performance of supply networks and gain familiarity with the application of a variety of supply chain tools to help in the re-design of the SC.
4. Organize the complexities in managing and designing distribution centres so that they support the overall SC strategy and customer value proposition in the market place.
5. Integrate procurement and supplier management for the supply chain to function effectively.


Digital Engineering

    This module aims to provide a systematic understanding and knowledge of key concepts and principles for digital engineering and its current practices, tools and processes and future development. The course will also provide hands-on experience using digital engineering tools and methods to facilitate product and service development.
    • Introduction to digital engineering concepts.
    • Digital engineering tools and methods to support zero physical prototyping.
    • Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR).
    • Digital twins for product development.
    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
    • Digital engineering industrial case studies.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the principles of digital engineering, its applications and benefits in product and service development
  2. Critically evaluate the selection of digital engineering tools and methods.
  3. Evaluate the application of digital engineering tools and techniques to support product and service development.
  4. Manage the application of  using Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR) tools to support zero physical prototyping.
  5. Evaluate the challenges in digital engineering implementation in industry.

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence​

    This module will provide the processes to design and develop artificial intelligence (AI) based approaches to be trained for data analytics on a spectrum of data types (e.g. messy data, data gaps or big data), whilst also considering the ethical implications.
    • Theory of data analytics, AI, ML, data mining, statistics and supervised learning, e.g., probability, decision trees, regression and classification.
    • Experience of real-world AI/ML applications, in areas such as engineering, business, social media, medical data and financial data.
    • Evaluate alternative ethical considerations including human-machine collaboration that are related to the use of AI/ML. 
    • The opportunity to work on industry problems that can benefit from AI/ML approaches.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast data analytics methods including machine learning (ML) in terms of its current and future concepts, principles and theories. 
  • Construct ML concepts and methods to impart innovative problem-solving skills in a variety of data maturity scenarios.
  • Evaluate value creation opportunities from ML, develop value propositions and revenue models for businesses and organisations.
  • Construct data analytics-based methods for real world problems with the changing nature of digital technology infrastructure and varying volume and quality of data.
  • Appraise ethical responsibility considering human-machine collaboration in data analytics by reflecting on intelligent systems that benefit society.

Integrated Data Management

    This module provides the skills to design and develop integrated data management approaches and systems to address data related challenges. This includes managing large volumes of data from disparate sources, identifying and resolving data quality issues, handling disparate data lacking integration and generating insights for agile decision making that are integrated in terms of their data, models and visualisation for agile decision making.
    • Introduction to software programming with a view to developing data management systems.
    • Evaluate existing standards related to data management.
    • Apply methods for data needs analysis.
    • Establish mechanisms for enabling connectivity of data acquired from alternative sources – e.g. people, sensors, 5G, IoT.
    • Develop data structures and approaches to data modelling using ontologies and reference architectures.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Assess the system requirements for the integration and accessibility of data to deliver value in complex systems.
  • Critically evaluate existing approaches to acquire data from fixed and mobile sources.
  • Appraise strategies and techniques to measure and optimise the quality of data.
  • Construct efficient data structures enabled by ontologies and reference architectures to allow continuous and standardised data flow.
  • Justify mechanisms for allowing connectivity of data to enable links to models and visualisation platforms.

Teaching team

You will be taught by leading academics and experienced practitioners in change management and IT drawn from Cranfield’s network of partners. The course is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading manufacturing and business organisations. This means the skills and knowledge you acquire are relevant to employer requirements. The Course Director for this programme is Dr Samir Khan.

Cranfield University really helps you explore what you don't know and the support that the academic professors have given has been fantastic. The industrial partners you will be engaging with are also fantastic. 

The exceptional academic staff, state-of-the-art facilities and additional resources provided throughout the course highly contributed to an amazing academic year with top-level education services.

I chose to study at Cranfield University as I felt like I had a strong affinity for the Management and Information Systems MSc. I became aware of Cranfield University through hearing the experiences shared by former students who chose to pursue further studies here at Cranfield University.

Cranfield University empowers me to attain technical proficiency in Information Technology and vocational stability in Manufacturing. Coming from a background in Library Science, I never imagined achieving such a significant milestone. However, Cranfield has equipped me and broadened my horizons of thought. This has definitely been a highlight from my time here at Cranfield.


The Management and Information Systems MSc is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.


Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award, PgDip and PgCert (if offered) do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Your career

Graduates of this programme have found varied career paths across multiple sectors, including manufacturing, logistics, IT, business systems analysis, consultancy, research and development, or academia, the opportunities are vast and truly international. Our alumni have progressed to senior positions in industry, demonstrating the real-world impact and value of our program.

Our alumni have successfully stepped into influential roles, including but not limited to:

Business Analyst IT/ Digital Transformation Consultant
Project/Product Manager Management Consultant
Information Systems Design Engineer

Our graduates are sought after by leading companies, with our recent graduates employed in organisations such as:

Accenture Rolls-Royce
PricewaterhouseCoopers BAE Systems
Babcock Network Rail

The MSc in Management of Information Systems provides a gateway to a world where technology, management, and innovation converge, offering you the tools and knowledge to become a leader in your field. With our comprehensive curriculum, hands-on learning approach, and unparalleled career support, you are set to embark on a transformative journey of shaping the future of business and technology.

Cranfield’s Career Service is dedicated to helping you meet your career aspirations. You will have access to career coaching and advice, CV development, interview practice, access to hundreds of available jobs via our Symplicity platform and opportunities to meet recruiting employers at our careers fairs. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. Support continues after graduation and as a Cranfield alumnus, you have free life-long access to a range of career resources to help you continue your education and enhance your career.


Part-time route

Pursue your MSc degree with us and advance your career without putting your professional life on hold. Our part-time study option for the Management of Information Systems MSc is designed for professionals who are keen to enhance their career prospects without pausing their full-time employment. We understand the importance of maintaining a work-life-study balance and have tailored our program to ensure you can achieve this with minimal disruption.

What we offer to Part-Time students:

  • Manageable study schedule: The part-time format is structured to blend effectively with your professional life, offering the full spectrum of learning opportunities and facilities accessible to all our students.
  • Global accessibility: Our university’s prime location makes it an ideal choice for visiting part-time students from across the globe. You’ll also have access to our extensive range of library resources and support facilities to aid your studies.
  • On-campus teaching blocks: As a part-time student, you will attend on-campus teaching in one-week blocks, totalling 8 blocks over the 2 – 3 year duration of the course. These teaching blocks are typically scheduled from October to March, allowing you to plan your schedule well in advance.
  • Flexible study and project work: Following the teaching blocks, you will engage in independent study and project work. This phase offers flexibility, with the option for in-person or online interactions with your supervisors and peers.
  • Intake Options for Diverse Needs: Students aiming for the MSc degree will begin their studies in the October intake. Those opting for the research focused MRes have the additional option to commence either in October or January.

We believe this structure provides the perfect balance, allowing you to manage your time effectively between work, study, and family commitments.

How to apply

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