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Masters in Information Systems

Programme Description

The Masters in Information Systems is mainly addressed to those who aspire to become experts in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by applying and developing these successfully in the private and public sectors. The Masters in Information Systems has a modular design in order to serve a multiplicity of needs and corresponding objectives, ranging from the promotion of pure scientific and technological knowledge in Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) to applying and promoting the IS and IT principles and technologies to other cognitive areas such as Business, Health, Governance, Economy etc.

The objective of the MSc programme in Information Systems is to provide advanced education to those aspiring to become effective leaders in the private and public sector. The ICT sector continues to be an important factor of growth and a key factor for other sectors of the economy. However, recent trends suggest that being simply specialized in hardware or software is no longer sufficient to monitor the fast-paced evolution of ICT. Therefore, while there are plenty of opportunities for professionals in the ICT sector, their is a further need of a fundamental shift in advanced computer skills focusing on the management of ICT and on the end-user.

The Masters in Information Systems is designed in such a way as to fill the gap and to educate degree-holders in the field of ICT, so that they can play an important role in the new environment of ICT in Cyprus and abroad. At the same time, it has become increasingly evident that ICTs play an important role in almost all disciplines, i.e. Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Formal Sciences, as well as interdisciplinary and applied sciences, such as Engineering and Medicine. All these Sciences now make extensive use of ICT to promote their field. The MSc course, through an applied branch of studies, comes in support of all those graduates of other sciences, providing them with all the necessary knowledge about ICT, especially in ISs, so that they will be able themselves to explore and use directly ICT techniques in handling scientific data without the contribution of any other ICT specialist.

The Masters in Information Systems consists of 120 ECTS.

Programme Structure

The Masters in Information Systems provides up-to-date knowledge in a variety of different sectors that make up the field of Information Systems. The core curriculum of each branch emphasizes both skills and knowledge required for effective management, processing, data mining and data protection. Depending on their undergraduate background and their professional experience in the area of ICT, students can acquire a specialization in the areas of IS safety, of the intelligent data management and the electronic services. Additional courses allow students to become familiar with state-of-the-art developments in the field of Information Systems, such as grid and cloud computing.

The Masters in Information Systems combines theory and practice and is designed to equip students with advanced knowledge required for the design, development, maintenance and management of IS. The training includes exposure to the latest technologies used in the development of IS, and core skills needed to cope with the rapidly changing nature of the field.

To this end, the Masters in Information Systems is broad-based and covers a wide range of techniques and skills that an IS professional or user of IS is expected to possess. In particular, the Masters in Information Systems covers a variety of thematic areas, such as, on (a) Software Development and Infrastructure, (b) Electronic Services, (c) Intelligent Data Manipulation, (d) Security of Information Systems, and (e) Management Systems and Services. The structure of the Masters in Information Systems is such that it allows students, if they wish so, and depending on their background in ICT, to specialize in a sector of IS.

In particular, three (3) specializations are offered:

  • on Information Systems Security,
  • on Intelligent Data Manipulation, and
  • on Electronic Services.

These three specializations are of vital importance for the safe and efficient use of Information Systems in every area of their application.

The basic philosophy of the Masters in Information Systems is the empirical approach to the study, development and use of Information Systems, where new knowledge and skills are blended with the students’ experience and applied from the beginning to real-life settings. This approach broadens and deepens students’ understanding of the application of techniques and procedures of ICT. At the same time it enhances the skills of research, analysis, synthesis, creativity while it also encourages innovation and alertness on the role of ICT in innovation.

Career Prospects

The Masters in Information Systems provides graduates with the right skills to ensure senior positions as Analysts, Designers, Researchers, Instructors, Programmers and Managers of ICT systems in the private sector (a wide spectrum of companies, banks, health sector, private education at all levels), as well as, in the public and broader public sectors (teaching assistants at Universities, teachers of Informatics in Secondary Education and Information Officers) both in Cyprus and abroad. Successful handling of IS safety  problems, Intelligent Data Mining of large data repositories, the development and support of e-government systems, which are considered to be the cornerstones in today’s Information Society and the Web of Citizens, offer to the Masters in Information Systems graduates extremely promising professional perspectives. Of course, the graduates of the Masters in Information Systems can choose to pursue further studies for a PhD degree.

ECTS

The MSc in Information Systems requires 120 ECTS to completion.

Programme Duration

The duration of the Masters in Information Systems is two years.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in Greek and English.

 

 

 

Course Allocation: The following Table gives details of the semester schedule for the two tracks of study offered by the programme. The Programme runs for 4 semesters and is for 120 ECTS. The electives are made available according to the selected specialization group. More details can be found in the study guide of the Master in Information Systems

Advanced IS Track Applied IS Track ECTS

Semester 1

Analysis and Design of Information SystemsData Structures, Algorithms & Programming Principles10
Advanced Web Technologies and ProgrammingWeb Programming10
IS Project ManagementIS Project Management10
30

Semester 2

Data MiningIntelligent Systems10
Communication Networks Communications and Computer Networks10
Research MethodsResearch Methods10
30

Semester 3

Elective 11Elective 2110
Elective 12Elective 2210
ThesisThesis10
30

Semester 4

Elective 13Elective 2310
ThesisThesis20
30

 

 

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