Bachelor's degree or equivalent education of a minimum of three years (180 ECTS credits). The admission basis must include either a 2-year integrated study or specialisation unit of at least 80 credits within information systems or information technology, of which 20 credits at the advanced level.
For further information, please consult the admission requirements for masters’ programmes at the University of Agder.
Within the field of information systems, we work empirically by examining how the use of ICT affects individuals, organisations, and society as such. By looking at the use, design, implementation, and usefulness of technology, our goal is to understand the big picture; how can we make use of technology for the best possible return?
The master's degree program in information systems is a future-oriented education with national and international relevance. The programme gives you solid insight into how digitalisation contributes to change processes in organisations and how technology can contribute to a sustainable development of society through streamlining and modernisation. The program opens for various career opportunities in both the private and public sectors, and for further doctoral studies in Information Systems.
As a student, you will acquire theoretical competence and analytical skills in the field. You will gain a knowledge of new technological trends and skills needed to be able to critically assess the role of technology in the society of the future. You will gain an understanding of the complex interplay between social, organisational and technological factors through the introduction and use of business-wide information systems. This requires insight into interdisciplinary perspectives that include management, finance, IT and business understanding, which you will gain through learning more about topics such as data science, project management and system development methods.
The master's program will also develop the student's ability to quickly become acquainted with new issues, acquire new professional knowledge and to use this knowledge in independent analysis of vocational and social issues.
|1. sem||IS-402-1 Systems Development Process and Methods l 10 sp||IS-403-1 Digital Transformation and Business Process Management 10 sp||IS-406-1 Digital Technologies and Enterprise Systems 10 sp|
|2. sem||IS-427-1 Data Science Applications II 10 sp||IS-407-1 Management of IS Projects 10 sp||Elective course|
|3. sem||IS-404-1 Research Methods in Information Systems 10 sp||IS-420-1 Current Topics and Research Areas in Information Systems 10 sp||IS-500-1 IT and Management 10 sp|
|4. sem||IS-501-1 Master Thesis in Information Systems 30 sp|
In spring term of 2021, two of the following specialisation courses will be offered (all 10 ECTS credits):
The course offer depends on available teaching resources. More info will be given at the start of each semester. Students can also apply for SV-420 UiA CoCreation - OpenLab and get this approved as an elective course in addition to what is required in the programme.
A candidate who has completed this program should have the following learning outcomes defined in the form of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
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The teaching methods contribute to professional development, and for the development of practical problem-solving skills, collaboration and communication. Common teaching methods are lectures, seminars, group work, group exercises, hand-in work (individually or in groups), case studies and participation in research and development work, often in close collaboration with organisations outside UiA.
It is assumed that the students participate in the scheduled classes. and that they acquire a large part of the learning and work material on their own. Group work is included in most of the courses.
Information systems is a largely international industry. The study programme is based on international syllabus literature, and global perspectives are central. Several courses are taught in English, and in these courses the students will meet exchange students from other universities.
We recommend all students to use the opportunity to go on an exchange in the 2nd semester. Exchange to one of our partners will provide unique experience and the opportunity to work and communicate in international contexts. An exchange semester can also provide an opportunity to take a different subject combination than what we offer in the study, for example in economics and management, eHealth, programming, and system architecture.
The department has many good exchange agreements with universities we collaborate with and we recommend students to go to: Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), LUISS (Rome, Italy), Minho University (Portugal), Paderborn University (Germany) and University of Münster (Germany) University of Nebraska (USA) and Queensland University of Technology (Australia). It is also possible to go on an exchange to other universities. The overview can be found on UiA's exchange website. Students on an exchange in Europe can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship.
There is a great need for expertise in the areas of digital business understanding, sustainability, and digital transformation in the private and public sector. There is also a need for candidates who understand the interplay between technology and organisation. Candidates who have completed this program qualify for such positions, such as project managers, analysts, system developers and consultants, as well as leadership positions in the public and private sectors.
A successfully completed master's programme in information systems qualifies for admission to doctoral programs at home and abroad, including the faculty's own doctoral program with specialisation in information systems.
Read more about career opportunities for social scientists at www.uia.no/karriereveier
Faculty of Social Sciences