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Information Systems for Business Performance (MSc)

Information Systems for Business Performance (MSc)

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

Awarded the Best Postgraduate Course in Ireland in 2016 (IT), 2015 (Business), 2014 (IT) & 2013 (IT)

This is an intensive 12-month conversion programme with an excellent employment record due in part to its strong links with industry.  It is for this reason that you will be having challenging and industrially mentored collaborative projects.

You will be starting from beginner level where you will be developing your technical skills from scratch.  Eventually you will be prepared to take up business analyst/programmer and management positions in IT departments in small, medium or large organisations, whether public or private, in the financial services, manufacturing or any sector.

The MSc ISBP is currently the most popular IS course, business course, IT conversion course and UCC postgraduate course.

Key elements of the course are the following:

  • It has a hybrid business/IT orientation;
  • The focus is on understanding how organisations operate;
  • The curriculum is based on leading-edge technologies;
  • Emphasis is on developing students’ ability to work as a team;
  • You will have opportunities to participate in customised career and professional workshops;
  • You may be mentored is by leading industrial entrepreneurs, Chief Executive Officers, IT managers, Chief Information Officers and business consultants;
  • You gain access to an Information System and business alumni of over 2,000 professionals.


Course Delivery

The MSc ISBP consists of 8 taught modules which run from October to March, followed by summer examinations then a collaborative industry research project during the summer months.  

The assessment methods vary in order to facilitate group and individual applied learning. Report writing, presentations, development projects and in-class exams are examples of the types of assessments used.


The MSc ISBP develops highly competitive and desired business and IT graduates. In fact, the 2014 and 2015graduating classes have achieved  virtually 100% employment.  MSc ISBP graduates are employed nationally and internationally as

  • Business analysts;
  • Programmers;
  • Managers;
  • Web and database developers;
  • Project managers;
  • Auditors;
  • Researchers;
  • Business intelligence consultants;
  • Marketing managers and;
  • Consultants in industry sectors reliant on IS.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the program, you should have developed the a coherent set of skills which are essential in building, managing and leveraging effective and efficient information systems (IS) for organisations.  As an MSc ISBP graduate, you will not only have learned to work with a team but also have acquired the skills necessary to manage and leverage IS for problem-solving, value-generation and cost savings.

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Course Outline

You will be taking subjects with a total of 90 credits, over a 12-month period. T‌he MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP) consists of two parts: eight taught modules (Part 1) and a collaborative industry research project (Part 2).

Part 1 takes place over the eight months of the academic year from the end of September to the end of May.

It consists of the following taught modules:

  • Electronic Business Models and Systems
  • IT Organisation
  • In-sourcing and Outsourcing
  • Enterprise Business Intelligence
  • Business Continuity and IT Value
  • Application Modelling and Design
  • Data Modelling and Database Systems
  • Storage Technology
  • Current Issues in IT

Part 2 takes place over the four months following Part 1 from the beginning of June to the end of September. This will give you a practical experience of a research project in a business context.

This collaborative project will allow groups of students to specialise on a chosen industry sectors (e.g. financial services, technological, pharmaceuticals, government, retail/distribution) in the context of a research project carried out under the supervision of an industry expert and an academic specialist. You and your group will develop a proposal and carry out fieldwork to produce a report on your selected topic.

Course Info

Course Code : CKL18

College : Business and Law

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Total Cost - International Fees


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is 11-September-2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

An update from UCC: Please note that eligible students who apply for this course now will be placed on a Waiting List.  If places become available applicants will be considered for same.

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement
    • Must hold at least 2.2 honours primary degree or equivalent, except graduates holding a degree in business information systems or equivalent.
    • If you do not meet or achieve the 2.2 honours degree standard, you may be admitted to the programme on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Professor of Business Information Systems and the School of Commerce.
    • Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. 
  • If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): 6.5 Overall band score, 5.5 Minimum band per individual section
    • TOEFL iBT: 90 Overall Score. Minimum scores of: 17 for Listening and Writing; 18 for Reading; 20 for Speaking;
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C;
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B;
    • Pearson PTE: 63 Minimum score, No section score below 59.


If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Send your inquiry HERE.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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