Course Overview

The MSc in Information Systems Management (ISM) is a conversion programme that is designed with significant input from industry to enhance graduate’s employability which is demonstrated by an excellent employment record. Now, more than ever, we continue to witness the need for information systems across business and society. Yet, we live in a world that is in constant change and evolution of customer preferences and requirements. For organisations to be competitive nowadays, they must clearly understand and leverage new technological advancements to survive in a market. Therefore, the design, implementation, and management of information system is of central to how organisations successfully transform.

This innovative programme is designed to offer a unique blend of core skills such as programming, databases, web technologies, user experience, cloud computing, security and management of information systems.  This programme provides a coherent set of contemporary technology management skills to meet the growing demand and expectations of industry which are essential to digitally transform modern organisations.

Upon completion of the MSc. Information Systems Management, students will have acquired industry-standard skills and in-depth knowledge to:

  1. Apply effective decision making to global business problems.
  2. Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual- and team-based settings. 
  3. Synthesise, evaluate and critically analyse technology solutions within a global context.
  4. Employ appropriate strategies, tools, and technologies to develop and manage contemporary business information system solutions.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of socially responsible and ethical factors within information systems development and management.

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Galway Tech Map

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System. 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: May.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, multiple choice quizzes, presentations, case studies and collaborative activities.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should normally hold a qualification from a university or other internationally recognised academic institution or authority, corresponding to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), to a minimum standard of Second Class Honours (or equivalent).
  • It is expected that successful applicants will come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with prior exposure to information technology and/or business.
  • Similar to any modern work environment, we welcome diverse academic backgrounds to apply for the programme and believe your experience will enrich the diversity of what this programme offers.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

45 (full-time)

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.


NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code

1MIS1, full-time

Course Outline

 Semester 1

  • Interactive Systems Design
  • Systems Development and Project Management
  • Database Systems
  • Business Applications Programming
  • Information Systems Management
  • Business Modelling and Analytics

 Semester 2

  • Web Design & Development
  • Business Data Communications
  • Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Information Systems Security and Ethics  or Advanced Programming for Business Analytics
  • Applied Systems Analysis

Examples of Platform Taught on this Programme

Platforms ISM

There is also a major group project to be completed by the end of June. In teaching these subjects, a variety of sought-after technical skills ranging from programming, database design, business process modelling, usability/accessibility principles and software quality techniques are covered using leading-edge industry software. A strength of the MSc is that all of the technical skills are taught using examples, practical exercises and projects drawn from the world of business. Our focus is very much on the application of technology to business.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Extensive career opportunities exist for graduates of the MSc in Information Systems Management (ISM) with companies in a variety of sectors, in Ireland and abroad. Employers of recent graduates include Fidelity Investments, Google, Accenture, Hewlett Packard, SAP, AIB, MetLife, Diageo, Lidl, Oracle, Boston Scientific, IBM and Microsoft.

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ISM Salary Ranges

Cutting edge IS modules

The MSc in Information Systems Management (ISM) has been carefully designed with the student experience and graduate employability central to our efforts. Through our excellent teaching staff and strong links with industry engagement, this programme offers students the ability critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate theory and practice to solve applied problems related to information systems management in a global context. To do so, students have the opportunity to employ appropriate strategies, tools, and technologies to address contemporary business problems in information system development.

Challenge of Solving Problems

Within the MSc in Information Systems Management (ISM), we believe that in order for our students to meet their potential, we need to challenge them in exploring real-world problems. This draws on a broad range of skills ranging from management, technical, and team collaborations. A key benefit in undertaking this programme is that our students develop a “well-rounded” skillset which allows them to demonstrate an ability to communicate, collaborate, and apply critical thinking skills to deliver effective, socially responsible, and ethical information systems solutions.

HPE Award

A prestigious academic prize, the HPE Prize in Systems Analysis, is awarded to the graduate who achieves the highest grades across a number of modules

Who is suited to this course

One of the core strengths of the MSc in Information Systems Management (ISM) is that is caters for two broad applicant cohorts. On one hand, applicants may have a low level of technical experience who feel the need to expand their technical skills. The course offers up-to-date IT and computing knowledge to use within an organisational context. On the other hand, this course is also suited for those with a number of year’s technical experience but need to develop people and business skills to move towards consultancy or managerial roles.

We have had and continue welcome graduates from all backgrounds: business, arts, science, engineering, and technology! Applicants bring their skills to the programme and leave with a wider skillset and toolset at their disposal.

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Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,660 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€7,520 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€18,240 p.a. 2022/23

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €3,500 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €140.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.  More information on the student levy is located here

Find out More

Programme Director
Dr Noel Carroll 

Programme Administrator
Ms Melissa O’Hea
T: +353 91 492308

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Bina Patro |   Business Analyst, SourceDogg

This course provides the latest frameworks and practices from both the IT industry and the business world. The modules covered in both semesters are integrated. And concepts learned in one module are applied in another module to gain expertise. Such as the principles, techniques learned in module Interactive System Design are applied in the Applied System Analysis. The Group assignments and the major project enrich students with the real time experience to collaborate with industry people and work in a diverse team. And exercise the skills for a complete end to end project management and system development. I thoroughly enjoyed every class and its insights. It has given me everything to excel in my current role as a Business Analyst. From Requirement analysis to System Design and prototyping. Applying the agile project management practices to system thinking to solve problems and improving the performance of my current project. Last but not the least the proficiency from this course provides me the inspiration to further research and self-upgrade skill set.

What Our Students Say


Boluwatife Adeagbo |   ISM Student

The MSc(ISM) is an ideal program for anyone who wants to function in today’s socio-technical space. It is designed to expand the knowledge of seasoned professionals as well as to serve as a solid foundation for those seeking a career in IT. Each module aims to impact the required technical skills but more importantly, the lectures are facilitated to consider the business perspectives and implications of using and adopting IT systems and its impact on the consumer. Having had some experience, I was quite certain of my skills within the industry. Now with the benefit of hindsight, I observe that there is a paradigm shift in my approach to identify issues, analyze, design and management solutions. The masters in Information Systems Management has made me a balanced professional

Joe Joyce |   Solutions Engineer

I've been working as a Business Analyst with SQS since just after my summer exams, and the MSc in ISM has proved to be a great asset. Business Analysis requires a combination of good business acumen and technical knowledge. With that in mind, I feel this course is the perfect place to start for someone considering a career in this line of work. Modules such as Applied Systems Analysis and Systems Development and Project Management provided me with exposure to tools and techniques that are frequently used by Business Analysts such as Use Case modelling, process mapping techniques and approaches to stakeholder management. It only took a few weeks in my new position to realise just how useful the MSc in ISM would continue to be long after exams had finished!

Srinivasan Arumugam |   Senior Devops Consultant at Deloitte

The programme has students from different cultures, backgrounds and countries. It provides you the essential hands on required for the competitive corporate world. IT firms like Accenture, HP, Deloitte, Avaya and many, provide job-related seminars and Challenges to interact directly with student who are in this programme.

Richard Carr |   Technical Engineer - CMS Peripherals

I have been working with CMS Peripherals since immediately after the exams. My role as a Technical Engineer involves me gaining accreditations from the world’s leading IT companies like Microsoft, Symantec, Commvault and Vmware, implementing Professional Services and installs of backup solutions for companies in the UK and Ireland. It also involves a lot of travel in Ireland, the UK and Europe. The modules of the MSc in ISM have helped me enormously. It is a great course that gives non-technical students a feel of a technical environment.

Danielle Aherne |   Major Incident Manager at DXC Technology

This course has strengthened many of my skills and expertise; from innovative thinking, to critiquing and analysing, as well as developing my soft skills which are extremely useful to have in the workplace. This course has strengthened many of my skills and expertise; from innovative thinking, to critiquing and analysing, as well as developing my soft skills which are extremely useful to have in the workplace. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to further enhance their business and system analysis skills, and wishing to gain some practical experience in system development. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to further enhance their business and system analysis skills, and wishing to gain some practical experience in system development.

Shailesh Cheethirala |   Graduate Teaching Assistant

This programme has given me an advantage both personally and professionally. It guided me to broaden my skillset in becoming an effective and well-balanced professional. There has been constant knowledge transfer between peers from diverse cultural and professional background. Each module was designed in a way to equip with requisite knowledge covering both business and technology in designing an information system for the end-user. The major project has helped me to have a practical exposure in different aspects of building a system for a client. I enjoyed the course for its valuable information which will help me in the progress of my career. I would recommend MSc ISM to anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge in the interaction between people and technology.

Bharadwaj Sankar |   ISM Graduate - NUI Galway

The M.Sc. ISM (Information Systems Management) provides you with a good insight into the technical and business world. The course is designed and structured so that one will be trained to apply their technical concepts as well as having a business motive using cutting-edge tools like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe DreamWorks, SAP, XL Miner and several others. There are various job opportunities out there for the graduates of M.Sc. ISM. I got a graduate teaching assistantship during my course of study, where I taught project management concepts to students, which was a great addition to help me with my future career. M.Sc. ISM has always pushed me to think out of the box and is continuing to do so.

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