MSc Information Management and Business Technology degree

Entry requirements
2:2 +
Full-time
1 year
Part-time
2-4 years
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
£9,300
International fee
£19,100
Location
Loughborough
Application status
Open

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

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 (including python programming) 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.

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.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

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
  • study at a top 10 UK business school.

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

The following information is intended as an example only and is based on module information for the 2019/20 year of entry. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes. Updated Programme and Module Specifications are made available ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Collaborative Working with Technology (15 credits)

This module will allow you to:

  1. understand collaborative work practices and processes across a range of organisational settings and the role of technology in supporting the collaboration process
  2. 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
  3. employ a range of technologies to support collaborative work in a real(istic) scenario.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • types of collaborative work
  • computer-mediated communication
  • co-located and virtual settings
  • social issues related with collaborative work
  • social affordances of collaborative technologies
  • evaluation of collaborative work and collaborative technologies.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • describe the generic social factors associated with different types of collaborative work
  • list a range of technologies used to support collaborative work and outline ways in which they afford or inhibit social interaction and task completion
  • recognise that collaborative work is a process involving human relationships, tasks and technologies, and discuss ways in which these three elements influence collaborative work outcomes
  • identify and explain appropriate criteria for evaluating collaborative technologies
  • evaluate collaborative processes (including differentiation between generic and context-specific issues) in a given case-study context using self-selected criteria derived from the state of the art in the field of computer supported cooperative work
  • propose social and technical interventions to support social interaction and completion of tasks in a specified collaborative work setting and justify why they are appropriate.

Teaching and learning

  • practical classes and workshops: 4 hours
  • lectures: 17 hours
  • guided independent study: 129 hours

Assessment

  • group presentation: 30%
  • 2,500-word individual report: 70%

Information Architecture (15 credits)

This module will give you an understanding of, and allow you to distinguish between, the information needs of users in an information and knowledge based organisation It will also give you an understanding of:

  1. the technology that has defined the semantic web;
  2. the new technologies that make up the semantic web;
  3. the methods available for integrating external and internal data, information and knowledge.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • the structure of information within organisations and on the internet
  • an introduction to information retrieval and semantic technologies, systems and services that will aid the end user in locating appropriate data, information or knowledge within an acceptable timespan
  • semantic web skills (eg metadata, taxonomy and ontology building).

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • describe the different components that have contributed to information retrieval; discuss the drivers and barriers to information managment and the semantic web
  • evaluate the range of information retrieval components and relate them to the needs of an organisation; develop strategies for managing information on the semantic web
  • identify specific search engines and describe their structure and how they work; develop and evaluate subject specific taxonomies and ontologies in relation to information retrieval and the semantic web.

Teaching and learning

  • supervised time in studio/workshop: 6 hours
  • lectures: 27 hours
  • guided independent study: 117 hours

Assessment

  • group report: 100%

IT Services Management (15 credits)

This module will give you an understanding of the issues and practices involved in the provision and management of (computer-based) IT systems. The focus is on delivering appropriate information reliably when and where required. If you are an existing practitioner, it is designed to encourage you to reflect on your current working practices, considering both wider issues and current best practice solutions.

Module content

The taught part of the module will consist of a number of lectures identifying issues which recur in IT management. Topics covered will be selected from:

  • network management and hardware configuration
  • computer evaluation, reliability, availability and cost of ownership
  • obsolescence of hardware and software
  • software configuration management
  • computer program and electronic document control
  • distribution of data and processing
  • data protection and professional obligations
  • human aspects: eliciting requirements, changing requirements and conflicting requirements
  • aspects of change and project management in the context of the ISO 9001 quality standard and BS 3843 Part 3, the economic management of assets and a guide to available techniques.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the problems associated with the provision and development of computer-based information systems including the acquisition and the replacement of hardware, the creation and modification of software and the monitoring and tailoring of performance
  • assess requirements and identify potential problems, articulate and evaluate possible alternative approaches to meeting the requirements, and put their plans into effective action, coping appropriately with changes in the conditions (technical or human) as they occur
  • deploy appropriate theory, methods and tools for the design and implementation of a system;
  • identify trade-offs associated with the given situation, document choices and make appropriate decisions on the choices required to best meet the requirements they have specified;
  • specify, design and construct a system using a mixture of familiar and new tools;
  • identify and document risks associated with the development process and with the target system;
  • reflect on the appropriateness of the system for the intended audience.
  • demonstrate effective information retrieval skills (browser and search engines) and evaluate the information for relevance/appropriateness and veracity
  • demonstrate effective use of a range of IT equipment (different platforms, operating systems and applications)
  • work as a team and reflect and report on the contribution (roles and responsibilities) of each individual to the team.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 24 hours
  • guided independent study: 126 hours

Assessment

  • group report: 50%
  • 2,000-word individual report: 50%

Business Relationships Management (15 credits)

This module will develop your understanding of the principles and potential for competitive advantage through effective management of business relationships, particularly in organisations operating across global boundaries. These relationships include those with customers and suppliers, as well as internal team relationships.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • theories of globilisation and changing work patterns
  • information presentation and communication skills
  • customer relationship management (CRM) and CRM systems
  • supply chain management and value chain analysis
  • team role theories
  • managing difficult relationships
  • the role of technology in managing business relationships.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand the importance of effective business relationship management in organisations in contributing towards competitive advantage and efficient and effective operational management
  • identify and discuss basic business relationship management practices
  • identify and critique significant current issues in business relationship management
  • describe the application of information systems for business relationship management in alternative organisational contexts
  • debate the issues relating to failure in business relationship development
  • critique the ways in which better business relationship management can deliver business value and assist in business transformation
  • critique alternative forms of team organisation and working for business effectiveness
  • understand and discuss current legal and regulatory obligations relating to the secure and compliant management of customer relationships across global boundaries
  • analyse the effectiveness of current business relationship management practices in the student's own organisation or specific case study context
  • explore the applicability of different systems development approaches in the context of the student's organisation or specific case study context
  • design a corporate business relationship management strategy for the student's organisation or a specific case study context
  • wWork as a team on a range of practical exercises
  • communicate effectively with a range of business stakeholders including customers, suppliers and co-workers
  • prepare and deliver effective oral presentations
  • write effective business reports in an appropriate communication style.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 10 hours
  • lectures: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 120 hours

Assessment

  • group presentation: 25%
  • individual business report: 75%

Leadership and Project Management (15 credits)

This module will give you 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.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • project management processes
  • development of objectives
  • time cost relationships
  • definition of the project brief and specification
  • scoping the scale of the project
  • risk analysis
  • time and costing plans
  • cost and management estimation
  • use of project planning computer packages and application of project methodologies
  • Six Sigma and lean management methods.

Examples will be taken from industrial and business working practices to illustrate ideas throughout.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding the development of large software systems and understand approaches to managing such developments
  • deploy appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of a given project
  • apply appropriate project management principles to the development of systems
  • recognise the risks involved in the development and deployment of a system
  • evaluate system alternatives in terms of general qualities, trade-offs and financial constraints
  • recognise the different roles within a development team and different ways of organising teams
  • compare and contrast alternative project management strategies
  • apply theory to real life situations
  • collect, record and manipulate data.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 8 hours
  • tutorials: 10 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 10 hours
  • guided independent study: 122 hours

Assessment

  • group presentation: 30%
  • 3,000-word individual report: 70%

Knowledge Management Strategies (15 credits)

This module will develop your 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.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • theoretical conceptions and epistemologies of knowledge, data and information
  • critical thinking
  • models of information management and knowledge management
  • organisational learning and the concept of a 'learning organisation'
  • intellectual capital
  • strategic issues around information and knowledge management to enhance organisational effectivenes, entrepreneurship and innovation
  • culture and change management
  • information and knowledge management tools and techniques, including relevant use of social media
  • ethics of knowledge management.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • discuss the history, concepts and antecedents of the management of information and knowledge
  • explain and critique current theories, practices and techniques in information and knowledge management
  • describe the concept of 'intellectual capital' and how it is managed and exploited in organisations
  • analyse and evaluate tangible and intangible knowledge assets
  • discuss the effective design and implementation of information and knowlege management systems
  • demonstrate an understanding of information and knowledge management policies and strategies in organisations that enhance effectiveness
  • identify and select appropriate information and knowledge management tools and techniques
  • appraise the suitability of particular knowledge management systems in a given context.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 10 hours
  • lectures: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 120 hours

Assessment

  • 3,000-word individual essay: 100%

Business Models and New Technologies (15 credits)

This module will develop your critical understanding and practical ability in the use of the core IT infrastructure, architecture, processes and technologies that underpin business efficiency and effectiveness in the modern organisation.

Module content

Topics covered may include:

  • the use of spreadsheets and databases for organising, storing and retrieving information for business purposes
  • cloud computing and other data storage and collaboration tools
  • enterprise resource planning systems
  • significance of technologies and platforms for effective operations across a range of business functions
  • interoperability of technology
  • software architecture patterns and cloud infrastructure.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities and applications of a range of business technology tools
  • identify and critique significant current issues in the implementation and use of a range of business technologies and computing platforms
  • describe the application of information systems and platforms such as Cloud computing, ERP, SAP etc. for a range of business purposes including records management and data storage, data analytics and business intelligence and financial data management
  • understand and discuss current legal and regulatory obligations relating to the secure and compliant technical management of data and information
  • demonstrate the skills required for effectively representing, structuring, analysing, manipulating and accessing information
  • analyse the effectiveness of current ICT infrastructures and technologies in the student's own organisation or a specific case study context
  • understand and use appropriate technological and business terminology and jargon in order to be able to communicate effectively with both ICT and managerial personnel
  • work as a team on a range of practical exercises
  • prepare and deliver effective oral presentations
  • write effective business/technical reports in an appropriate communication style.

Teaching and learning

  • practical classes and workshops: 10 hours
  • lectures: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 120 hours

Assessment

  • group presentation: 30%
  • individual technical report: 70%

Data Science (15 credits)

This module will give you an understanding of:

  • data science
  • the process and cultures required to conduct data science
  • technology platforms and programming techniques for data science projects
  • the value data science can generate for organisations.

Module content

Content will focus on four key themes: process, people, technology and business value.

You will be taught the various data science process models and be able to organise and plan a data science project by identifying and selecting the appropriate process model for a situation. This largely involves distinguishing between inductive and deductive processes.

You will also experience a range of technology platforms appropriate to data science, so as to enhance your interest in technology and to be able to appreciate from a manager's perspective what is involved in system set-up and simple coding.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the business value of data science
  • summarise the key activities, process models and technologies in such projects
  • evaluate the scientific methods required for data science projects
  • organise and plan a data science project by identifying and selecting a process model appropriate to the situation
  • construct a model of the data science problem
  • construct a small-scale data science technical system environment
  • draw on specified solutions to deal with real-world problems invoked by such projects
  • code basic python programs for data science.

Teaching and learning

  • practical classes and workshops: 12 hours
  • lectures: 24 hours
  • guided independent study: 114 hours

Assessment

  • group coursework assignment: 50%
  • individual coursework assignment: 50%

Dissertation (60 credits)

This module will see you:

  1. apply appropriate varieties of research methods used in information science, management and business technology fields
  2. undertake research, which would usually be of an applied nature, into an appropriate aspect of information management and/or business technology, or a cognate field, under supervision
  3. apply and develop knowledge, skills and experience acquired during the programme of study.

Module content

You will choose your subject in consultation with a member of staff and/or one of our stakeholders, where appropriate. Staff/stakeholder suggestions for suitable research projects will be made available to you.

Topics studied to prepare you for your research may include:

  • an introduction to research
  • planning a research project
  • quantitative and qualitative methods
  • an introduction to data analysis
  • research ethics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding by describing, explaining and choosing appropriate research techniques applicable in the field of information management and business technology
  • assess the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods
  • critically assess the research conducted by others
  • apply different theoretical frameworks introduced across the programme to work on a substantial research question
  • to put to practical use the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme
  • demonstrate an understanding of business information flow and knowledge networks in an organisation in which the research is focussed
  • select and use appropriate management tools and techniques in a research project context
  • formulate research strategies and write research proposals
  • assess information and knowledge management policies and strategies with regard to organisational effectiveness
  • be self-directed and original in tackling and solving problems at a professional level
  • demonstrate personal initiative, investigative skills and analytical thinking
  • communicate and negotiate effectively in the appropriate academic and professional arena
  • identify and formulate the independent learning ability necessary for continuing professional development.

Teaching and learning

  • project supervision: 5 hours
  • lecture: 15 hours
  • guided independent study: 580 hours

Assessment

  • 2,500-word individual project proposal: 20%
  • 15,000-word project report: 80%

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

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions
  • Virtual learning

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

This masters in Information Management and Business Technology programme has been developed with industry to address the shortfall 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.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (good 2:2 of 55% or above) or equivalent international qualification, preferably in a business or information technology-related subject.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) / Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures 16 14 12

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Honours degree (AQF level 8) First Class, 80% Upper Second, 70%, H2A Lower Second, 60%, 2B
Ordinary degree - AQF Level 7 pass (mark 46 or 50) High Distinction (80% or 85%) Distinction (75% or 80%) Distinction (70% or 75%)

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahamas

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree BUET - 1st (70%) / 3.5 BUET - 2nd (60%) / 3.0 BUET - 2nd (55%) / 2.75
Other universities - Masters (1-2 years) following a 3 or 4 year degree 80% / 4.0 65% / 3.25 50% / 2.5

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 7 5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Belize

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bermuda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil - 4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado/Licenciatura or Título Profissional 8.5 (A) 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cambodia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 years 90% or 9 or 4.0 80% or 8 or 3.5 70% or 7 or 3.0

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.7/85% 3.3/75% 2.7/68%
Out of 9 8 6 5
Out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6 5.5 5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.75 3.2

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 7 or 75

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1 1.5 2

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 8 7
Título de [subject area] 85% 80% 70%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.5 3.2 2.8
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
AEI 8.5 7.0 6
TEI 8.5 7 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liceniado / Titulo de (subject area) - 4years 90% (public university) / 95% (private university) 80% (public university) / 85% (private university) 60% (public university) / 70% (private university)

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's GPA 4 GPA 3.5 3.0

Honduras

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado / Grado Académico de Licenciatura (4 year degree) - GPA out of 5 GPA 5 or 90% GPA 4 or 80% GPA 3.5 or 70%

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 17 15 13

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 80% 75% 70%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 70%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (3.6) 75 (3.0) 65 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 75% (3.0)

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's only MSc 75% MSc 70% MSc 65%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Class 2.1 2.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Malta

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malta 1st (80%) 2:1 (70%) 2:2 (55%)

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Moldova

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenţă (Diploma of Licentiate) 10 9 8

Mongolia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) 90% or 3.5 80% or GPA 3.2 70% or GPA 3.0

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Mozambique

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciatura 16 14 12

Myanmar (Burma)

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
2 year Master's degree 5 or 85% 5 or 75% 4.5 or 65%

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 65% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Honours degree (480 credits) - Level 8 First (7.0) Upper Second (6.0) Lower Second (4.0)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciatura (4 year) 90% 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
7 point Scale 6 5 4
5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A B C

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Public Universities 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Private Universities 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
2 or 3 year bachelor's plus Master's First (60%) Second (55%) Second (50%)

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Título de Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 14 13 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree (post 2003) Magister (pre- 2003) 5 4.5 / 4+ 4

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenta/ Diploma de Inginer 9 8 7

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year bachelor (Hons) degree (480 credits) 1st, 16/20 (80%) 2:1,14/20 (70%) 2:2, 12/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees 16/20 or Tres Bien 14/20 or Bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomirani/ Bachelor's degree 9 8 7

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification - 2:1 2:2
Percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Upper second Lower second
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA out of 4.5 4.0 / A 3.5 / B 3.0 / C+
GPA out of 4.3 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.7 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto 8.5 7 6.5
UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
State universities 4 years of study 80% 70% 60%
Private universities 4 years of study 90% 80% 70%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Category 1 (4 year degree) 80% 75% 70%
Category 2 (4 year degree) 85% 80% 75%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st or B+ or 70% 2:1 or B or 65% 2:2 or B- or 60%

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme National d'Ingénieu 15 (tres bien) 14 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi 3.5 3 2.5

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda 1st or 4.4 2:1 or 3.8 2:2 or 3.0

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dyplom Magistra or a Bachelors degree (11 / 5) 11 or 5 9 or 4.5 8 or 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.6

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado (4 year) 10 9 8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomi / Diplomi (Specialist Diploma) 90% or GPA 4.5 80% or GPA 4.0 70% or GPA 3.0

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado/Professional title. (4 year) 18/20 or 8/9 16/20 or 7/9 14/20 or 6/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A or 4.0 or 80% B+, 3.5 or 70% B or 3.0 or 60%

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3/4 year degree 1st or 75% 2:1 or 65% 2:2 or 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£9,300

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£19,100

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.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

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