Information Systems for Business Performance - Conversion Course

University College Cork

Information Systems for Business Performance - Conversion Course

Our MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP) programme is a conversion course offered by the Cork University Business School at UCC. The programme provides you with a coherent set of skills that are essential in building, managing, and leveraging effective and efficient information systems (IS) for organisations. Our MSc ISBP graduates will acquire the skills necessary to manage and leverage information systems for problem-solving, value-generation and cost savings,

This is a 12-month intensive course with industrially mentored collaborative projects. Students are taught from beginner level and 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.

Course Practicalities
The MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance is a full-time programme running for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme.

Subjects taught

Part I of this programme consists of taught modules to the value of 70 credits.

Part II consists of a collaborative industry research project to the value of 20 credits.

IS6152 Business Analysis Requirements, Skills, and Techniques
IS6137 IT Sourcing and Project
IS6155 Database Analysis and Design
IS6154 Storage Technology
IS6150 Electronic Business Models & Systems
IS6139 IS for Organisational Performance
IS6121 Leveraging IT Seminar Series
IS6153 Application Design
IS6138 IT Governance and Compliance
IS6156 Databases for Management Information Systems
IS6135 Optimising the Business Value of IT
IS6151 Business Models for Disruptive Technology
IS6140 Enterprise Business Intelligence
IS6136 Professional Practice Skills

IS6122 Collaborative Industry Research Project

Part II consists of an industry research project that allows for practical experience of a research project in a business context.

This collaborative project will allow groups of students to specialise in an assigned industry sector (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. Groups will develop a proposal and carry out fieldwork in order to produce a report on their topic.

Consult the ?Postgraduate College Calendar (MSc ISBP) for further course & module content.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance candidates must hold at least Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent, except graduates holding a degree in business information systems or equivalent.

Candidates who do not meet or achieve the Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) standard 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, under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Assessment Info

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.


90 credits


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 11 September 2023.

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Our 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. In recent years our graduating classes have achieved virtually 100% employment.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

  • Apply to

    Course provider