Information Capability Management MSc

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Information Capability Management MSc

This course focuses on the value of information and the principles and practice that underlie secure, effective and efficient business systems that exploit information in order to provide business benefit.

Start date September/January

DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to five years part-time. PgDip : Up to 11 months full-time, up to four years part-time. PgCert: Upto 11 months full-time, up to 3 years part-time
DeliverySpread throughout the programme and includes coursework and group presentations during the taught phase and for the MSc a research based dissertation.
QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
Study typeFull-time / Part-time
CampusCranfield University at Shrivenham


Who is it for?
Students from Government departments, industry and other organisations within the UK and internationally come together to study and discuss issues and develop skills that will enable solutions now and in the future.

Key goals of the course are to provide students with the knowledge to:

Develop in individuals an awareness of the management, user and supplier communities
Recognise the stakeholder roles, needs and expectations within these communities
Enable effective communication and a shared understanding between these stakeholders in order to meet capability objectives
Master the principles and practice that underlie the delivery of effective, efficient and secure systems in various business spaces that exploit information in order to provide strategic benefit.
Why this course?
There is a need to understand the strategic importance of information and develop agile, effective and secure ways to exploit it to its full potential. To do this, effective information capability management must be developed throughout the organisation so that the right information is available to the right people at the right time in an effective, efficient and secure manner. 
The internationally recognised Information Capability Management (ICM) MSc has been developed to address these important issues.Skilled professionals are needed to enable organisations to realise the strategic benefits that successfully exploiting information can provide. Success in business of all types and in all sectors, both public and private, is dependant on:

Understanding the value of information as a strategic asset
Developing agile, effective and efficient systems that make this information available
Countering cyber threats with appropriate cyber security. 
Informed by experts
The Information Capability Management MSc has an External Advisory Panel that is made up of senior stakeholders from Government, industry, academia and professional bodies that meet to provide input regarding the strategic direction of the course.

Course details
MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of twelve modules followed by an individual dissertation in a relevant topic. 

PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, without the individual dissertation. PgCert students must complete the core module (Foundations of Information Systems) together with five other modules.

Course delivery
Spread throughout the programme and includes coursework and group presentations during the taught phase and for the MSc a research based dissertation.


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.

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

Cyber Security and Information Assurance

Emerging Technology Monitoring

Foundations of Information Systems

Methods and Tools for Information Systems Development

Organisational Development

Professional Issues

Programme and Project Management for Information Systems

Software Engineering

Digital Business Strategy

Systems Architecture

Data-led Decision Support

Data Modelling, Storage and Management


Teaching team
You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts with many years' industrial experience.

Your career
Takes you on to further senior career opportunities and to become one of the next generation of senior professionals delivering business benefit through exploitation of information with skills in appropriate areas including business analysis, strategy development and implementation, information assurance, cyber security, organisational development and strategic application of information systems.

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