Business Information Systems, Cork University Business School

Information Systems


Business Information Systems (BIS) is a multidisciplinary group of 32 staff members (academic, administrative and technical), augmented by circa 20 further contract researchers. Whilst operating in the context of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems, BIS has a global reputation in the field of Information Systems. BSc Business Information Systems undergraduate degree at UCC has been taught for over twenty years resulting in an alumni network of over 1,000 business professionals.  With seven postgraduate programmes and a structured PhD programme on offer, Business Information Systems (UCC) is home for over 600 students on an annual basis.

All academic staff in BIS are research active, well supported by a flexible, but well-defined structure, based around several thematic research centres which act as platforms for engaging with business and actively pursuing funding opportunities. Research Centres include: Financial Services Innovation Centre (FSIC), Financial Services, Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre (GRCTC), Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC), Centre for Security Management Research (S-Help) and The Centre for Open Research and Practice (CORP).


Bachelor Programs

The BSc in Business Information Systems (BIS) specialises in the key skills that are essential to the success of professionals in modern information technology and information systems.

The goals of this four-year degree course are to:

  • educate: provide a worthwhile and memorable student experience
  • collaborate: join with business to ensure BIS students gain cutting edge skills in business and IT, while also linking with businesses to provide innovative IS-related expertise
  • innovate: cultivate and apply expertise in teaching, research and development.

Our BIS Advisory Board, incorporating a number of the most senior Irish business executives, is there to advise and ensure UCC BIS courses are world-class, relevant, and attractive to businesses nationally and internationally.

Master Programs

The Master of Electronic Business (MSc e-Business) is a 12-month (full-time) taught master’s degree course. This intensive and innovative course is designed to provide honours graduates who have little or no prior technology experience with:

  • a critical understanding of Internet and mobile business strategies, models and processes
  • a high level of competence in the technology skills needed to develop professional electronic and mobile business systems
  • excellent employment opportunities and a world-class student experience

The course is 12 months full-time. In Part 1 there are typically 16 hours of lectures per week and eight hours of tutorials. A total of eight modules are taught in Part 1 of the course.


  • Electronic Business Models and Systems
  • e-Business Experience and Practice
  • Programming for Web Applications and Services
  • Introduction to Mobile Programming
  • Data Modelling and Database Systems
  • Application Modelling and Design
  • Storage Technology
  • Telecommunications for Electronic Business

Dedicated lab facilities are available for students to work on their course assignments in Part 1 and their group project in Part 2.


ISBP Master in Science enables students to understand how organisations operate and how the factors affecting their performance can be finely tuned using information systems (IS). In this award winning course, the applied aspects of building, leveraging and managing information systems and technologies rely on both class room and practical computer laboratory interaction where students are taught from beginner level. A balance is struck between the technology management activities and the analysis/development activities that affect IS/IT practices in modern organisations.


On completion of the one year Information Systems for Business Performance MSc, students will be able to:

  • Integrate core business and IT skills through the application of theory to practice.
  • Leverage industrial partnerships and demonstrate professional practice skills.
  • Display skills in applied problem-solving, managing and leveraging IT.
  • Critically evaluate issues in IT which are currently impacting organisations.
  • Demonstrate group and project management skills.
  • Investigate and appraise a range of business issues and create appropriate IT solutions.
  • Recognise and evaluate appropriate models for achieving business and IT alignment.
  • Design and implement performance and reporting IT solutions.
  • Exhibit significant data analysis and decision-making skills.
  • Apply and test theory in industry through MSc ISBP industry partnerships.
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PhD Programs

The PhD (Business Information Systems) is a full-time programme taken over four years (48 months) from the date of first registration for the programme.

The programme contains a number of components that support the student's PhD research and thesis submission. Part I is designed to familiarise students with the research topics, issues and methods underpinning Information Systems research at the PhD level. Part II provides modules designed to assist students in refining the research topics they began developing in Part I, culminating in the presentation and defence of their thesis proposal. Part III focuses on conducting the thesis research and on the writing of the thesis. The primary determinant for the award of PhD (Business Information Systems) is the submission, successful examination and defence of a satisfactory thesis.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss both seminal and emerging Information Systems research issues and topics;
  • Critically analyse research literature in the Information Systems field in order to identify and articulate gaps in current knowledge;
  • Identify and synthesise relevant literature to effectively theorise Information Systems phenomena;
  • Select, articulate and justify methodological choices for achieving particular research objectives in the Information Systems field;
  • Conduct empirical research through the gathering and analysis of data in a fashion commensurate with the highest international academic standards of methodological rigour and transparency;
  • Effectively document and communicate the context, objectives, methodology, findings and implications of original research;
  • Make an original and significant contribution to the Information Systems research literature based on empirical research;
  • Clearly describe the academic and practical contributions and implications of their research, the limitations of their research, and appropriate directions for future research.


BSc Business Information Systems

MSc ISBP - Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP)