Information Management and Business Technology MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
2-4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£7,750
International fees:
£17,100
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

Top 1%

of business schools in the world to hold

AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation

1st

for Librarianship and Information Management and 6th for Business Studies

The Times and Sunday Times University League 2017

100%

of our Information Management research is rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

REF 2014

Overview

Our MSc Information Management and Business Technology programme has been designed with partners from industry to produce graduates who understand the professional, managerial and technical dimensions of information management and business technology.

Information management is a critical success factor affecting almost any organization. In today's digital age, the speedy and accurate sharing of the right information to the right people is essential for success. It is an aspect of business management that cuts across business functions and has multiple implications for the challenges facing organizations today, from harnessing big data, to managing employees and complying with data protection legislation.

Our MSc Information Management and Business Technology programme will enable you to develop key skills that employers value, including managing business relationships, IT systems, data science projects and information architecture to name a few. It is designed to develop you into a ‘hybrid’ manager who is able to bridge the gap between technical and managerial perspectives and is equipped with the technical, professional and management knowledge and skills needed by employers.

You will be taught by experts in information management who ensure that all teaching is informed by the latest commercial best practice and academic research. We take pride in teaching you how relevant and inspiring research can be used in practice to solve real world problems. The use of guest lecturers from industry and not-for-profit organisations helps to embed this real world perspective.

What makes this programme different?

  • Home to the UK’s leading ‘Centre for Information Management’
  • Develop the key skills that employers value
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates
  • Additional academic language support sessions available

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Information Management and Business Technology programme is ideal for graduates who would like a career in IT service management, business and media analytics, big data and competitive intelligence. It is open to those who are new to the subject, as well as those who have already gained a grounding in the basics of IT or management subjects. Working professionals wishing to study the programme part-time, or to take individual modules for Continuing Professional Development, are invited to discuss their requirements with the Programme Director.

An honours degree (high 2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification, preferably in a business or information technology-related subject.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.

What you'll study

Our Information Management and Business Technology MSc is designed to help you acquire the critical technological and analytical skills appropriate to effective workplace performance in the implementation and leadership of information management and business technology initiatives

Modules

Information Management and Business Technology MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

In this module students develop an understanding of the principles and potential for competitive advantage through effective management of business relationships (supported by relevant systems and technologies), particularly in organisations operating across global boundaries. These relationships include those with customers and suppliers, as well as internal team relationships.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

In this module students gain an understanding of the particular issues and practices involved in the provision and management of (computer-based) IT systems, including information governance. The focus is on delivering appropriate information reliably when and where required. For existing practitioners it is designed to encourage them to reflect on the current working practices, considering both wider issues and current best practice solutions.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Students develop an understanding of collaborative work practices and processes across a range of organisational settings and the role of technology in supporting the collaboration process as well as learn to apply multidisciplinary concepts such as communities of practice, common ground, person perception, awareness, trust, and affordance to the evaluation and implementation of technologies to support collaborative work.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

In this module students learn to understand and distinguish between the information needs of users in an information and knowledge based organisation, the technology that defines and makes up the semantic web, the methods available for integrating external and internal data, information and knowledge.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Semester 2

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a critical appreciation of current theories and practices of information and knowledge management with a view to applying theoretical understanding of information and knowledge management to real life situations.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

In this module students gain an understanding of how to manage data science projects. There are three essential themes in the module: (i) the data science process and culture required to organise and manage said projects, (ii) the technology platforms that enable them, and, (iii) the business model value they can generate, which helps build cases for data scientists that negotiate with project sponsors to resource such projects, such as the C-Suite and customers.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module enables students to develop a critical understanding and practical ability of the core IT infrastructure, architecture, processes and technologies that underpin business efficiency and effectiveness in the modern organisation.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of how to manage projects and their risks for both the individual managing their own and for the team leader managing a larger-scale project. The emphasis is on getting a quality product or service delivered on time and within budget.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Summer period

Based on the knowledge, skills and experience acquired during the programme of study, in this module students apply appropriate varieties of research methods used in information management and business technology fields, undertake research, usually of an applied nature, into an appropriate aspect of information management and/or business technology, or a cognate field, under supervision.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is via coursework only – there are no exams. In addition to module assignments, students complete a 15,000 words dissertation based on research into a topic of their choice. Module assignments are based on real world problems and incorporate a mixture of presentations, written reports and essays.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Information Management and Business Technology MSc programme has been developed with industry to address the short-fall in hybrid managers and so doing, to provide graduates with hybrid information management and business technology knowledge and experience.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Advanced Computer Software Group Plc, IT Manager
  • Alliance Boots, Trainee Manager
  • Amtec Developments, Project Manager
  • FESCO, Security Engineer
  • IBM Client Innovation Centre, Project finance analyst
  • Loughborough University, studying for a PhD.

Your personal development

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting you with your personal and professional development, all our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

Furthermore, on completion of this programme, you will be equipped with the core skills required to obtain a first professional post in the sector, as well as the learning and leadership skills needed for professional development beyond that. There is also opportunity for you to progress your studies by undertaking further qualifications such as PhD.

You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • The principles and practice of information and business technology management
  • The relationship between traditionally technology-independent areas of an organisation and non-technical business areas.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£7,750
International:
£17,100

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students and academics

Ruth Ante

Information Management and Business Technology

The course modules are very enlightening, with a lot of presentations and references to real life scenarios.

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