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Information Technology Management for Business

BSc (Hons) - single

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accredited by the British Computer Society (full CITP)

What you will study
This course will develop your knowledge and skills in business and technology. You will study programming, analysis and design, database management, e-business, strategic management and business analysis. In Year 3 you will have the opportunity of a work placement, often with a sponsoring organisation. Employers maintain an active involvement in the course presenting work experience lectures and master classes. Students practice key skills including technical presentations, team exercises, interviews and mock assessment centre days. You will learn about programming, information systems, business and practical management skills.

What next?
The profile of students from this course matches the requirements of some of the biggest employers of IT graduates. During the course professional working practices are encouraged and supported by sponsoring employers. There are great work placements available and many of our graduates go on to work for their sponsoring organisations, including IBM, BT, Procter & Gamble, Cisco, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, SAS and Unilever. The combination of technical knowledge, business awareness, interpersonal skills and project skills will make you especially well qualified in managing IT applications for a diverse job market.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including science and/or business

Available start dates

September 2019

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich.
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


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

  • Your employment prospects could not be better. The combination of technical knowledge and business awareness that you will acquire will make you especially well qualified for an increasingly diverse job market in managing IT applications.
  • Employers maintain an active involvement in the course, presenting a regular series of ‘guru’ lectures throughout the academic year. 
  • You will be able to meet employers, who will provide opportunities for you to practise key skills, such as technical presentations and team exercises, as well as interviews and ‘mock’ assessment centre days.
  • In the recent National Student Survey Information Technology for Business students are 84%overall satisfied with their course, this is above the sector average for Computing subjects. NSS 2018
  • You will join a growing network of ITMB graduates from universities across the UK.
  • You will have access to the ICE Cube which is our pre incubator physical space which aims to provide students and staff with an environment where start-up business skills can be nurtured.
  • You will have access to excellent facilities and state-of-the-art technology.

Year 1 introduces programming and information systems, and key elements of business and practical management skills. This will lay the foundations for your professional development, introducing you to key elements of business, management and computing technology.

From Year 2 you will study subjects identified as being vital for a successful career in IT management. These include business intelligence programming, computer security and database management, as well as further studies in business and management.

You will be strongly encouraged to take a placement in your third year of study. Throughout the programme, professional working practices will be encouraged, and supported through the continued involvement of international companies.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose may vary from that shown here. Some modules are compulsory.

Year 1

  • Business Computing (compulsory)
  • Modern Computing Technology (compulsory)
  • Professional Applications of Communication Theories (compulsory)
  • Exploring International Business and Management (compulsory)
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming (compulsory)

Year 2 and final year

Year 2

  • Requirements Specification and Software Design compulsory)
  • Current Research (compulsory)
  • Complex and Structured Data (compulsory)
  • Management Information Systems (compulsory)
  • Web Technology (compulsory)
  • Professional Issues and Computer Risks (compulsory)
  • e-Business
  • Foundations of Security
  • Business Intelligence Programming

Final year

  • Computing Project (double) (compulsory)
  • Software Project Management (compulsory)
  • Business Intelligence and Decision Making (compulsory)
  • Information Systems Strategy (compulsory)
  • Advanced Web Technology
  • Software Analysis and Testing

Work placements

Although it is optional, we encourage you to take a supervised work placement in the computing industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. You will need to apply for your placement position yourself; however you will be taught about how to apply for jobs effectively in a second year module, and we have a placements office with dedicated staff to provide information and advice to help you secure a placement. We maintain links with industry and most students who go on placement obtain their position through the Department.

More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. Possible placement organisations include IBM, Microsoft and PepsiCo.

On returning to University for your final year, the experience you have gained will improve your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement company or organisation.

It is possible to change your programme of study to include or exclude the work placement option up to the end of your second year. Your tuition fees are reduced to £1350 for the year you are on placement and the positions are normally paid which should cover your living expenses. You will however be responsible for the cost of travelling regularly to the placement, which will be affected by the location of the placement; although as Oxford and the surrounding area have a strong IT industry, many placements are available near the University.

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

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.

Planned next generation facilities

This programme is currently based in purpose-built facilities at the Wheatley Campus. As we continue our estates strategy for the future we are planning next-generation facilities for computing, networking and digital media courses, with the continuing aim of providing an environment in which technical expertise is enhanced by creativity and imagination.

Additional costs

The most likely extra costs involved in studying this course are computers, books and printing.

You are not required to have your own computer though many students choose to. We have computer rooms available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on campus, so you should always be able to work if you don't have your own machine. Students who choose to buy a computer are advised to avoid low-end machines since reliability will be important; a budget of around £600 should suffice, although some modules may require use of higher-end hardware which is available on campus. Since computers are always available when on campus, it is not necessary to use a laptop computer; a desktop at home or in your Hall will provide greater value for money. The Department does not provide any Apple MacOS machines and their use is not required, but their use is supported if you wish to bring your own. Tablet or smartphone devices may be useful for taking notes but are usually not sufficient for completing Computer Science lab work.

Most software used on the course is freely available to students. The Department is a member of the Microsoft Imagine scheme and other programs designed to grant access to professional-grade software tools (which would normally be very expensive) for free.

Your University library membership includes access to an extensive electronic library so in many cases, you will be able to read coursebooks online without extra cost. You can of course buy physical copies of books as well if you wish. Computing textbooks generally vary in price between £20 and £60 depending on the degree of specialism.

Most submission of work for Computing modules is electronic, so there is little need for printing.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, practical activities, problem-solving classes and tutorial support, often supplemented by material produced by the computing and business areas of the University.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 23%77%0%
2 22%78%0%
3 (sandwich year)1%0%99%
4 16%84%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods are varied and reflect the development of academic content as the course progresses, from the practical emphasis of some of the early modules to the more conceptual content that you will encounter later in your course. The modules covering core material are mostly assessed on a combination of coursework and examination.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 6%0%94%
2 31%0%69%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 30%0%70%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £14,000 2019/20: £14,280

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including science and/or business

A-Level: BBC or equivalent, preferably including science and/or business

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points, preferably including science and/or business

BTEC: DDM profile, preferably in a science or business subject


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.


Specific entry requirements

GCSE: grade C minimum in Mathematics and grade C minimum in English Language

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

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.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a hub for UK-based computing and technology firms, so our research partnerships and links with industry are hard to beat. Many computing students take up work placements within Oxfordshire-based companies.

Specialist facilities

The school has a wide range of computing facilities on it's dedicated technology campus at Wheatley.

Students have access to a range of free software resources including Microsoft and VMWare software through the school’s software licensing subscriptions. 


There are two dedicated secure laboratories which will provide students with ample opportunities to put theory into practice. Students will be able to use the labs to audit an existing network, test security issues on a purpose built IT system, analyse malware and design and implement secure software.


This laboratory is home to wide variety of robots giving our students real-practical opportunities to develop new ideas around this exciting technology. The robots include Artie, a life-size humanoid robot, a quad of Naos, Archie, Robbie, Wendy and Ada, the mini bots and quad who are controlled by apps, and last but by no means least our new addition BLU. BLU is a 3D printed robot which our Robotics students are developing body parts and movement capabilities as part of their course. We have a suite of 3D printers.


Currently this is a research area however undergraduate students can get involved with projects.  The Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance.


With augmented reality and wearables, it is possible to embed knowledge directly into what people experience, enriching the world beyond the visible to allow the creation of novel and powerful forms of feedback on performance. It is PAL’s mission to create the new interface and extend the performance-relevance of HCI, research mixed reality interactive content, and establish interoperability in order to improve user experience and human performance, while at the same time lowering entry barriers and providing safe routes for R&D investment. We pilot novel experience capturing technology and human performance analytics with real-time applications to respond to the open knowledge and innovation challenges of the 21st century with increased immediacy, utility, and accuracy.

The lab has a good stock of smart glasses (Microsoft Hololens, Epson Moverio), EMG armbands (Thalmic Labs MYO), 3D scanners and cameras (Occipital Structure sensor, LEAP motion sensor, intel realsense), arduino for e-textiles, and other.  This is an exciting new area of the school and real opportunity for students to get involved in ground-breaking projects.  

Engineering facilities

We have a wide range of labs and workshops for engineering; whilst not directly connected to our computing courses, these are useful facilities to know about and have in the past presented students with opportunity to collaborate with each other.  


General support services

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.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Career prospects

Successful completion of this course will give you excellent employment prospects. The profile of students from this programme has been tailored to match the requirements of some of the biggest employers of IT graduates.

The combination of technical knowledge, business awareness, and interpersonal and project skills will make you especially well qualified for an increasingly diverse job market in managing IT applications.

A number of our students go on to work for companies involved in the course.

Further study

World-class research and superb links with industry come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study technology at postgraduate level, whatever your subject interest.

Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. And our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses - opening up opportunities for research collaboration and employment.

Further information about our postgraduate courses at Oxford Brookes can be found here.