MSc-PgDip-PgCert Information Technology and Management

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements You normally need a degree equal to a British upper second class honours, in any discipline, plus at least three years managerial and/or technical experience. If you do not have a degree we will consider your application based on your professional work experience and other qualifications. Regular Internet access is essential for this course because you need to take part in online discussions for many of the modules. You also need online access to a wide selection of articles and study material supplied by our Learning Centre. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. This course is for employed students only because assignments are work-based. The course normally starts in September and March.
  • Academic title
    MSc/PgDip/PgCert Information Technology and Management
  • Course description
    This well-established and successful professional masters course develops hybrid managers and bridgers yet fits in with your full-time work.

    A hybrid manager or bridger is a professional who has a detailed understanding of IT issues and sophisticated managerial and organisational skills. These people can deliver change and secure competitive advantage for their organisation. They bridge the gap between IT and the business.

    We designed this course for working professionals with real responsibilities and commitments who are looking for career development.

    The course delivery includes
    • distance learning (e-learning), which allows flexible study
    • some choice of modules and study methods
    • residential workshops, which allow you to meet and work with other students in various roles and organisations.
    • assessments and projects strongly related to your normal work, giving maximum benefit to you and your employer
    • content that examines the main issues for you and your employer

    We ensure there is real life relevance by using guest speakers and case studies.

    We have a track record of working with industry and organisations to produce tailor-made packages to suit individual needs. If you or your organisation would like to explore this possibility, please contact us to discuss it further.

    We designed this course for working professionals with real responsibilities and commitments who are looking for career development.

    Associated careers

    This course will improve your career potential by giving you the skills and knowledge to develop as a hybrid manager.

    It is for business managers and IT professionals who want to become involved in broader managerial and strategic issues. It is also for people from other managerial or specialist areas who need to be able to use IT to its full potential. It is especially valuable for those in boundary and liaison roles and those involved in planning and setting up organisational change.

    Course content

    Modules are delivered by e-learning and some include five-day workshops on campus. Each module takes about three months.

    The course starts with an introductory module designed to give you the skills you need for studying on this course. After this, some modules each year allow you flexibility and choice of study pattern.

    Content includes
    • the nature of organisational change and the role of information systems implementation in this context
    • tools and techniques
    • the strategic role of information and information systems
    • information management
    • researching and assessing new and emerging technologies
    • tools and techniques for specifying systems
    • why information systems succeed or fail
    • the role of the information systems developer and the organisation in developing systems
    • approaches to investment appraisal and business benefits
    • commercial concepts of e-business
    • a strategic view of information systems development in the digital economy

    Some networking technologies options are available, which cover management and technical issues to do with corporate networks.

    Research project and dissertation – MSc stage
    You carry out an investigation or research project, normally in your workplace. You also complete a dissertation. During this stage, we guide and support you with an academic supervisor, workshops and online resources.

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