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ICT in Business and the Public Sector

The MSc ICT in Business and the Public Sector is offered by the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) as a two-year research master on the management and application of ICT in an organizational context.

The curriculum depends on the student’s background. Students with a business background follow the Foundation courses on ICT (15 EC total). Students with an ICT background follow the foundation courses on Business (15 EC total). Students with a bachelor degree ‘Informatica & Economie’ from Leiden University are exempted from the courses in the foundation modules. These students follow additional electives instead for 15 EC. Students who choose for the specialisation ICT in Business need to take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in Business (24 EC in total), whereas students who choose for the specialisation ICT in the Public Sector take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in the Public Sector (24 EC in total). Students who choose both specialisations have to take all specialisation courses from both specialisations resulting in a total of 138 ECTS.

The master ICT in Business and the Public Sector consists of a full-time, two-year master’s programme (120 EC).

Curriculum

Year 1&2

  1. The required Main Module courses and the Foundation Module Business (15 ec) OR the Foundation Module ICT courses (15 ec).

  2. The required Specialiation courses ICT in Business (24 ec) OR ICT in the Public Sector (24 ec).

Year 2

  1. The Master’s Thesis Research Project (38 EC) (including Master Class, optional Internship, Written Master's Thesis and Master's Thesis Presentation)

Remarks

  • September starters are advised to take the following mandatory courses in their third semester: Leading and Managing People, Advances in Datamining, Applied Research Methodology and their electives.

  • February starters are advised to contact their study advisor in order to balance their studyload in the second, third and fourth semester.

  • As of 2019-2020, the Post Experience programme (for candidates with working experience) is no longer offered. Current PE students (starting September 2017 and earlier) will be enabled to finish their studies by contacting the study advisor of the program (ictinbusiness@liacs.leidenuniv.nl).

Main Module (120 ec)

All students take the courses in the main module. Students who have started the programme before September 2020 need to complete all main courses except for Capstone Cases (only if they have chosen for the specialization ICT in the Public Sector), System Development, and Advances in Data Mining, Marketing, Accounting, Business Intelligence, Process Modelling, and Foundations of Software Testing.

As of September 2020 the course Capstone Cases is 4 EC worth (it was 3 EC). Students who have followed a previous version of this course before September 2020 but have not yet passed it, can still get 4 EC (instead of 3 EC) under the condition that they take the extra two Consultancy classes that will be organized in the new Capstone Case course. Arrangements for this need to be made via the programme coordinator.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Main module

Advances in Data Mining 6
Applied Research Methodology 4
Capstone Cases 4
Global Business Game - CIO Simulation 1
ICT Architectures 6
ICT Enabled Process Innovation 3
Leading and Managing People 5
Research Methods 5
Software Development and Product Management 6
Systems Development (ICTiB&PS) 3
Workshop Cross Cultural Management 0

Module Foundation Business OR Module Foundation ICT (15 ects, see under different tabs)

Module specialisation ICT in Business OR ICT in the Public Sector (24 ects, see under different tabs)

Masterclass ICTiBPS 0
MSc Research Project 38

Foundation Module Business (15 ec)

Students with an ICT background follow the foundation courses on Business (15 EC total). Students with a bachelor degree ‘Informatica & Economie’ from Leiden University are exempted from the courses in the foundation modules. These students follow additional electives instead for 15 EC.

As of September 1st, 2021, the following courses have been renamed: Strategy and Technology (was Strategy), Marketing Science (was Marketing) and Operations Management (was Technology Operations Management). Previously completed courses are considered equivalent to those renamed in September 2021.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Accounting 3
Marketing Science 3
Operations Management 4
Strategy and Technology 5

Foundation Module ICT (15 ec)

Students with a Business background follow the foundation courses on ICT (15 EC total). Students with a bachelor degree ‘Informatica & Economie’ from Leiden University are exempted from the courses in the foundation modules. These students follow additional electives instead for 15 EC.

As of September 1st, 2022, the following course has been renamed: Machine Learning for Business Analytics (was Business Intelligence). Previously completed courses are considered equivalent to those renamed in September 2022.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Cyber Security 3
Foundations of Software Testing 6
Machine Learning for Business Analytics 3
Process Modelling 3

Specialisation ICT in Business (24 ec)

Students who choose for the specialisation ICT in Business need to take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in Business (24 EC in total), whereas students who choose for the specialisation ICT in the Public Sector take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in the Public Sector (24 EC in total). Students who choose both specialisations have to take all specialisation courses from both specialisations resulting in a total of 138 ECTS.

Students with a bachelor degree ‘Informatica & Economie’ from Leiden University are exempted from the course Strategic Financial Management and follow within this module 3 extra EC as elective courses instead of 9 EC.

As of September 1st, 2021, the following course has been renamed: Strategic Financial Management (was Financial Management). Previously completed courses are considered equivalent to those renamed in September 2021.

Students who started before 1 September 2021 and have already successfully completed the previously mandatory courses Managing Innovation or Managing the Digital Business do not need to follow Managing Software Evolution or AI for Strategy.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
AI for Strategy 3
Entrepreneurship 3
Managing Software Evolution 3
Strategic Financial Management 3
Systems Optimisation 3

Electives (9 ects, see different tab)

Specialisation ICT in the Public Sector (24 ec)

Students who choose for the specialisation ICT in Business need to take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in Business (24 EC in total), whereas students who choose for the specialisation ICT in the Public Sector take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in the Public Sector (24 EC in total). Students who choose both specialisations have to take all specialisation courses from both specialisations resulting in a total of 138 ECTS.

From September 2022 Data-Driven Policy Making changed to 6 EC instead of 3 in the previous years, and, dually, Working for the Government as ICT Expert changed to 3 EC instead of 6. Students following Public Sector specialisation who successfully completed the 3 EC version of Data-Driven Policy Making before September 2022 will be able to follow the old 6 EC version of Working for the Government as ICT Expert after consulting the program coordinator.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Data-driven Policy Making 6
Digital Government-Citizen Interaction 3
Role of IT in Public Administration 6
Working for the Government as ICT expert 3

Electives (6 ects, see different tab)

Electives

Elective courses on ICT, business and governmental topics allow students to individualise their programme and accommodate their specific interests.

Students that take the ICTiB specialisation are allowed to follow the public sector courses as electives.

Eventual other electives need to be discussed with the programme coordinator and may need the approval of the Board of Examiners if the selection includes courses not in this programme.

As of September 1st, 2022, the following course has been renamed: Financing Technology Ventures (was Entrepreneurial Finance). Previously completed courses are considered equivalent to those renamed in September 2022.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Data Science in Practice 6
Digital Transformation 5
Financing Technology Ventures 3
Information Retrieval 6
Introduction to Machine Learning 6
Lean Six Sigma 3
Management Science 3
Marketing Analytics 3
Regulatory Governance and Data Science 6
Social Network Analysis for Computer Scientists 6
System and Software Security 6

Career Orientation

During the Master program ICT in Business and the Public Sector (ICTiBPS) we want to provide you with the best possible preparation for the job market. In addition to knowledge, it is important that you develop skills, gain practical experience, orientate on positions & careers, and reflect on your own profile and development. In addition to substantive knowledge, it is also important to be aware of the so-called transferable skills that you develop outside and during your education. These are, for example, your cognitive skills such as critical thinking and communication. Altogether, this contributes to your development as a professional and offers good preparation for the labour market.

The career perspective for ICTiBPS is very promising. Most students find a job within 3 months after graduation. Students benefit from the department’s strong links to industry. There are well-developed in -company research thesis internships, often followed by excellent career opportunities. With a master’s degree in ICT in Business, job opportunities are excellent and diverse, ranging from consultancy to IT management and from entrepreneurship to PhD research.

Nevertheless, questions about this subject may arise during your studies, such as: How can you use the knowledge and skills you gain within and outside your study program in the labor market? Which direction do you choose within your study and why? What are you already able to do, and what skills do you still want to learn? How do you translate the courses you choose into something you would like to do later?

You may have already discussed this with the study advisor, mentor, tutor, the Science Career Service, fellow students or made use of the Leiden University Career Zone. All kinds of activities are organized where you get the chance to orientate yourself on the job market and gives opportunities to reflect on your own development, possibilities and (study) career profile as well. Central to this are the questions: "What are my capabilities?", "What do I want?" and "How do I achieve my goals?".

In the prospectus, learning objectives have been formulated for each subject, the purpose of which is to inform you which components are covered in the development of your (study) career profile and preparation for the labour market. Various activities are also organized that help you in making all kinds of career choices and to develop skills. An overview of activities is shown below.

Activities

First and/or second year

  • Company visits and presentations

  • Lunch & Learn lectures by companies

  • Introductory meeting with the study advisor

  • Mentorship and tutoring

  • Workshops and Career Colleges Science Career Service

  • De Leidsche Flesch meeting

Second year

  • Masterclass ICT in Business and the Public Sector

  • Alumni lectures

  • Company visits and presentations (Capstone Cases)

  • Master Career Orientation Day via De Leidsche Flesch

  • Science Career Event

  • Master's Open day (Leiden University)

  • Workshops and Career Colleges Science Career Service

Science Career Service

Science Career Service, one of the utilities of the Science faculty, offers information and advice on study (re)orientation, career planning and personal professional profile as well as preparation for the job market, such as job applications. Facilities provided to students include online information, walk-in consultations, workshops and individual counselling sessions. In addition, Science Career Service offers expertise and support to programmes that want to strengthen the connection between their curriculum and the job market. This can vary from providing specific guest lectures/workshops to advising on integrating career orientation programmes into the curriculum.

LU Career Zone

The Leiden University Career Zone is the website for students and alumni of Leiden University to support their (study) career planning. You will find advice, information, video recordings of webinars and tools such as professional tests to get an idea of your personal profile. You can also explore positions and sectors, you will find tips about CV, job application, LinkedIn and there is a vacancy platform that you can make use of.

Mentornetwerk

Leiden University likes to prepare students and young alumni well for the job market. For this we use the knowledge and experience of Leiden alumni. To bring students and young alumni with questions about their careers into contact with experienced alumni, Leiden University has established the Mentor Network. Students and young alumni can register for free.

Contact

Do you have questions about your (study) career choices and has the above information not been able to help you further? Please contact your study advisor via mastercs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.