Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Information Management and Business student profile

Information Management and Business student profile

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Information Management and Business - 2016 entry


PN11 - BSc (Hons) 3 years full time
PNC1 - BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full time sandwich

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

“How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose” (Bill Gates). Information is now a vital asset for organisations. Its effective use and exploitation contributes to success and competitive advantage. This course develops your understanding of information and knowledge management and their value at strategic and operational levels.

With Loughborough ranked 1st in the UK for Librarianship and Information Management by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015, this course develops graduates who are in demand with employers. The course can be studied over three years or as a four year degree with a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

About the course

The course covers key business subjects such as financial reporting and marketing as well as the use and design of business information. Using examples drawn from business, government and the third sector you learn about issues such as freedom of information, data visualisation and protecting intellectual property. Optional modules in your second and final years enable you to specialise in areas of interest to you.

Extended four-year degree

You can choose to extend your degree and boost your employability by opting to study abroad for a year between the second and final year of your degree or by taking a year-long, salaried professional placement to build your work experience.

This can be done as a one-year study abroad option, a one-year placement, or six months of each. Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

Study abroad opportunities currently exist in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Uruguay and USA.

Our dedicated Placements Office has contacts with over 400 companies worldwide who regularly target our students to recruit for salaried placement positions, many of whom are offered a job after their degree.

Recent placements for IMB students

BMW (After-Sales Marketing Assistant)
CERN, Geneva (Research Assistant)
Experian (Update Project Analyst)
Goldman Sachs (Risk Management)
GSK (Collaborative Technologies Business and Communications Analyst)
HP (Sales, Strategy and Operations)
HSBC (Hedge Fund Projects)
IBM (Central Operations Analyst)
Intelligent Energy Ltd (Communications and PR)
J.P. Morgan (Global Trading Executive)
Marks & Spencer (Human Resources Executive)

Microsoft (Internal Marketing Manager)
Pernod Ricard (IT Executive)
Phillips (HR Co-ordinator)
Rolls-Royce (Project Management Team)
UBS (Information Technology Support)
Vauxhall (Sales Forecasting and Business Planning Specialist)
Warner Bros (Gaming Sales Analyst)
Xerox (Integrated Technology Services)

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Information & Knowledge Organisation and Retrieval
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Knowledge, Data and Information in Organisations
  • Knowledge, Data and Information in Society
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Skills for Study, Placement and Employment
  • Statistics and Modelling for Managers
  • Web Design

Year 2

  • Business Information Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Knowledge, Data and Information Systems
  • People Centred Information Systems
  • Management Science Methods
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Records Management in Organisations
  • Research Methods

Plus two modules from a list of options, including: Company Finance, The Contemporary Business Environment, Informatics and Systems, Information Systems Development, International Business, International Management, Operations Management.

Optional year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

Final year

  • Strategic Management
  • Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
  • Strategic Information Management

Plus four modules from a list of Information Management options: Culture and Change Management, Information and Knowledge Management, Information and Knowledge Management in the NHS, Information Architecture, Information Management Project, Managing Projects: Managing Knowledge, Social Informatics, and Technology in Business and Society.

Plus four modules from a list of Business options: Business Forecasting, Business Programming, Consulting Practice and Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning, International Human Resource Management, International Marketing, Lean Operations, Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy and Planning, and Services Marketing.


Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Career opportunities for IMB graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2015 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 15th most targeted university by recruiters.*

91% of our 2014 Business graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £26,800 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). 

Our graduates have a wide variety of careers open to them, with new forms of specialisation opening up in response to new challenges to society. With skills and knowledge that are increasingly valued by employers, our graduates find employment in a wide range of specialist information management roles as well as in areas such as finance, marketing and sales.

Example graduate destinations: Barclays (Data Analyst); EY (Knowledge Executive); IBM (Information Operational Manager); Marks & Spencer (Commercial Manager); Red Bull (Field Marketing Specialist); Rolls-Royce (Project Manager).

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

Entry criteria – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Information Management and Business BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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