The Program is accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA)
The MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is an innovative and multidisciplinary program with the objective to integrate the knowledge about the design and development of Information Systems with the disruptive technologies of Digital Innovation. Examples of such disruptive technologies are Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Robotics.
Nowadays, technology has a massive impact on business operations. The formula for business success is simple: drive innovation with information technology. Realizing the challenges that technology presents is the key to succeed your business goals, retain and raise the number of your customers in the process. Therefore, it is extremely important to integrate new technologies in businesses. In our days, lots of firms are prioritizing innovation as a key to their business strategy. Therefore, it is critical for businesses and their directors to understand technology, build their technical proficiency, implement technologies which matter to them and gain advantage into managing their organization.
The MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation aims at postgraduate education and scientific specialization in Information Systems and Digital Innovation, targeting to more professional knowledge and broader education of students with a specific interest in this subject. It is primarily aimed at graduates of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Economic Studies.
The necessary supporting documents to be submitted with the application include:
- Officially authenticated certificates of academic qualifications of university-level (degree etc.).
- The satisfactory knowledge of the English language is essential. The minimum requirement is the possession of a B1 level English language certificate of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or a degree of a corresponding level.
- By decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program, special exams or any other test may take place for those candidates who do not have a degree of the abovementioned level so that their ability to meet the standards of the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is verified.
- Certificates of English Language and the minimum required grade
- After admission, by the decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program students are likely to participate in additional English language courses in order to improve their ability to write their course work, written assignments and the dissertation.
- A statement of personal interest.
- Two reference letters, at least one of which should be of academic character.
The duration of these studies is three semesters. Entries for the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation are held in September and February/March of each academic year. Each course lasts an academic semester. All students enrolled in the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation, either in the winter semester or the spring semester can choose the courses offered in the relevant semesters. For successfully completing their studies, students need to accumulate a total of 90 Credits (ECTS).
In accordance with the relevant announcements made by the Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, students have the opportunity to complete their postgraduate studies in two academic semesters (12 months) as long as they start the conduction of their Master’s Dissertation during the first or second semester of their studies, including the summer period. In this case, the completion of the Master’s Dissertation may be prolonged during the summer period, for one or two months. In any case, the total ECTS remain 90.
Overall, the aim of the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is to provide each student, either with business or computer science background, with a comprehensive understanding of how to use Digital Technologies to improve businesses in today’s digital economy and to explore the management and innovation aspects of Information Technologies. Companies are developing more on the basis of new technologies, creating a critical need for professionals who bring skills in both Business and Technology. The ultimate goal of this Master in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is to bridge the gap between Business and Technology, giving our graduates a distinct market advantage.
In order to obtain their Master’s degree, students are also obliged to conduct a master’s dissertation. The research proposal is submitted by the student, who may request one of the tutors as a supervisor. The thesis can be submitted for up to one academic year after the successful completion of the second semester of study. The dissertation should be relevant to the content of the postgraduate student’s studies and should be original.
The MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is structured as follows:
- DIS507 Disruptive Technologies
- DMBA583 Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- DMETH600 Research Methodology
- DIS503 IT Project Management
- DIS508 Big Data and Analytics
- DIS501 Information Systems Analysis and Design
- DIS502 Problem-Solving Programming
Selection of 1 Elective course from:
- DIS504 Information Security
- DMDB505 Digital Marketing
- DIS505 Mobile Application Development
- DIS510 Dissertation Compulsory
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods
During the academic year, for each of the courses, training sessions are held as follows: six (6) two-hour meetings with the lecturer for each course, who is responsible for informing, guiding, advising and evaluating students. These meetings are primarily aimed at the general support of students as well as in the elaboration, deepening and development of all what students are studying. Student’s presence at these meetings is not mandatory. However, the experience so far has shown that the student’s participation in them contributes to a fuller understanding of the subject matter, and in addition, increases the probability of more positive student performance, both in the midterm assessments and in the final examinations.
Each course is evaluated through the completion of one midterm assessment which is explicitly mentioned in the study curriculum and the study guides (essays, literature critiques, article manuscript for the university’s student journal etc.) during the semester, and final examinations at the end of the semester in appropriate locations identified in time, according to the geographic distribution of the students. Should a student not attend the examination, or has failed to take a winter or spring semester examination, he or she is entitled to re-sit the examination.
Midterm assessment can take various forms as described earlier like essays, research articles, presentations, literature critiques, book reviews etc, during the semester and corresponds to 40% of the final grade, while the final exam is 60%. For the student to succeed in a course, he/she must take both on the final grade and the midterm assessment a grade of at least 50%. The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology.
In the third semester students complete their Dissertation which corresponds to 30 ECTS. The length of the thesis depends on the type. In the case of a bibliographic thesis, it cannot be less than 12,000 words and more than 15,000 words. The bibliography, the annexes and the abstract are not included. After submission, the supervisor submits a written and reasoned report, with the student’s consent, to the members of the committee. Support for the thesis is done publicly or via an electronic videoconference before a three-member committee.
Advantages of the Program
- The international prestige and recognition of the Neapolis University of Pafos.
- Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
- International collaborations with many Universities.
- The use of advanced technology and resources.
- High Academic Calibre of the teaching staff.
- Competitive tuition fees.