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MSc, PGDip, PGCert

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

This course is designed to enable tomorrow's business and technology leaders to fully exploit the opportunities offered by recent advances in internet technologies.

The eBusiness programme is based on a sound understanding of the technical infrastructure of the internet and the web, but will rapidly develop your expertise in a host of convergent technologies. Issues relating to web application development, including web design and the human-computer interface, will complement a good understanding of the business potential of multimedia and database technologies.

The course is run by the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and has been developed in conjunction with our Business School.

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: MSc - 1 year (12 months); MSc with placement 2 years (24 months); PG Dip - 6 months; PG Cert - 3 months
  • Part time: MSc - 2 years; Msc with placement 3 years (36 months); PG Dip - 18 months (12 months study time); PG Cert - 6 months

UCAS Postgraduate code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • The programme focuses on the latest eBusiness models and technical skills that are required to build effective solutions.
  • It provides a unique integration of theory and practice with practice orientated teaching based on real world examples.
  • Our award winning approach to assessment using assessment that is integrated across the modules and live projects are undertaken in partnership with industry.
  • There are regular guest lectures from award winning practitioners.
  • You will have the opportunity to put the skills you have gained into practice if you choose to undertake our 1 year optional placement
  • The universal nature of the technical skills developed in our programmes means our courses are of equal relevance to both new graduates and those with many years of industrial experience.

The course modules, which are all compulsory for the MSc, are listed below. To qualify for the MSc you will need to pass three compulsory modules in Semester 1 and three compulsory modules in Semester 2 as well as the dissertation and the research and study methods module.

The MSc in eBusiness with placement enables you to work in industry for a year in the middle of your course to give valuable workplace experience. Placements are not guaranteed, but the departments dedicated placement team will help with the process of finding and applying for placements. To qualify for a master’s degree with placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits plus the zero credit placement module. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits). 

The Postgraduate Diploma in eBusiness allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people already working in the industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in eBusiness allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits.

Part-time students normally distribute the work evenly over a two-year period.

Semester 1


  • The Business Web (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) introduces the concepts, operations and components of the web, focusing on the way in which innovative business models can be enabled.
  • Web Applications Development (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) assumes no previous experience of computer programming. It covers the fundamental skills associated with creating robust, efficient and dynamic web applications.
  • eMarketing Principles and Strategies (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) covers emarketing issues and strategies for the rapidly changing business world.
  • Research and Study Methods (compulsory for MSc) underpins work carried out for the dissertation. The module, delivered in a seminar style, will provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and the ability to use ICT support materials. You will be given guidance on the analysis and technical presentation of research material. This module continues in semester 2.

Semester 2


  • Research and Study Methods (compulsory for MSc) is a continuation of the semester 1 module.
  • Building a Web-Based Business (compulsory for MSc) brings together key technical skills and an understanding of management practice to enable you to construct a viable ebusiness.
  • eBusiness Information Systems (compulsory for MSc) explores the business and information strategy issues related to conducting business on the internet, including the construction and maintenance of organisational and technical infrastructures.
  • Business eFutures (compulsory for MSc) provides an opportunity to study cutting-edge thinking and new ideas in emarketing, web-based technologies and their employment in business enterprises.
Students undertaking an MSc with placement will do a 1 year placement in industry. The placement will be undertaken after the taught component and before doing the dissertation.

Students taking the MSc will also take:

  • The Dissertation: an individual research and development project of 10,000-15,000 words on a topic closely related to your programme of study. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation possibly linked to an optional internship. The dissertation will typically be an investigation of a commercial problem from an IT perspective leading to the design, implementation and testing of a computer based solution.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of taught modules you choose may vary from the list here.

Teaching and learning

Lecturing staff have extensive experience in university teaching in computing and business, as well as coming from a wide range of industrial and commercial backgrounds. Many of the modules are enriched by the teaching staff's research expertise and ongoing commitment to serving the business community.

We maintain industrial links in a variety of ways, including consultancy, courses for industry and through our industrial placement scheme.

Approach to assessment

Assessments include coursework exercises, presentations, lab work, reports and examinations.

Specialist facilities

Based at Brookes' Wheatley Campus, the Department of Computing and Communications Technology has all the general computing and IT resources you would expect to find in a modern technology department.

Our labs are equipped with industry-standard equipment and software tools. This enables you to develop skills of immediate relevance to industry needs while also providing a sound practical basis that enhances your understanding of theoretical concepts. Students on eBusiness programmes have access to the departments own private cloud in order to create and deploy a variety of web technologies.

Additional costs

Students on placement are responsible for living costs associated with their placement.

Attendance pattern

Part time study is an option on this programme for students who wish to combine their study with work. Where possible we try to ensure that part time students only need to attend for 1 day a week, although students will be expected to undertake additional independent study.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £7,200 2018/19: £7,340

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £3,740 2018/19: £3,810

Home/EU - sandwich fee: 2017/18: £1,200 2018/19: £1,220

International - full time: 2017/18: £14,000 2018/19: £14,280

International - sandwich fee: 2017/18: £3,000 2018/19: £3,060

Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies awards a limited number of scholarships for its taught postgraduate programmes, which are awarded on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international postgraduates each year. Further information can be found at http://cct.brookes.ac.uk/scholarships/index.html

Entry requirements

You should normally hold at least a second class honours bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a subject containing a computing or IT component, such as Business Information Systems. Applicants with practical experience of using computing for business applications and business-based awards, which have a computing related content, will also be considered.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in all components.


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

The focus on using industry standard tools to solve practical and industrially relevant problems, and using those problems to teach the theoretical concepts ensures that students have the opportunity to acquire skills which will not just equip them for the eBusiness world today, but for a lifelong career in eBusiness.

Students on the MSc course who undertake a placement will have the opportunity to put into practice in a business environment, the skills they have acquired in the taught part of the programme as well as gaining valuable experience for their CVs.


Our MSc students come from all over the world and graduate to follow careers in business-related, technical and creative roles. They tell us that the relevance of our courses and the skills they've learnt enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Academic and administrative help and advice will be available from sources such as:

  • Advice academic guidance and supervisory arrangements from the programme lead, subject coordinators and module leaders. Most modules will have tutorial, seminar or lab-based support activities.
  • The Placement Team can help students find placement opportunities and give support while on placement
  • Programme and dissertation handbooks
  • Student Support Coordinators
  • Student forums
  • Student representatives who are invited to attend a variety of meetings at which programme issues and student concerns are discussed.
During induction week, you are given handbooks explaining the choices available to you on the course, and providing helpful information about the compulsory modules as well. The Subject Coordinator is available for consultation and our Postgraduate Administrator is available to deal specifically with graduate issues.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies is home to world-leading and award-winning research. Our focus is on user-inspired original research with real-world applications. We have a vibrant and growing research community, with a wide range of activities from model-driven system design and empirical software engineering through to web technologies, cloud computing and big data, digital forensics and computer vision. Staff and students collaborate on projects supported by the EPSRC, the EU, the DTI, and several major UK companies.

Further, CCT achieved an excellent assessment of its UoA (Unit of Assessment) 11 return for REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework).

Research areas and clusters

Research in this area brings together staff with an interest and expertise in eBusiness and Web Technologies. Particular areas of interest are:
  • Enhancing IT Innovation
  • Enhancing Entrepreneurship in IT
  • Adaptive web interfaces for accessibility
  • Web graphics standards
  • Knowledge representation for the Web.