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Information Technology Management for Business

BSc (Hons) - single

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accredited by the British Computer Society

This course provides you with the opportunity to study an interdisciplinary programme of study comprising of both computing and business modules. Computing modules are taught by subject specialists from the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and the business modules are taught by subject specialists from the School of Business.

The BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business degree was developed as part of a national scheme driven by the Government where over 60 leading organisations including BT, Cisco, Deloitte, Ford, IBM and Unilever collaborated to produce a course aimed at providing the mix of IT, Business and Project Management skills that are in high demand in industry. Strong industrial links are an important part of the course. Guru lectures are provided by a full range of organisations from Bluechip companies through to innovative start-ups to keep you up to date with the latest industrial developments. Regular national events are offered in conjunction with major employers giving you the opportunity to network with a range of companies.

The course is endorsed by the Tech Partnership, a national network of employers who have come together to drive the development of the skills need for the UK Digital Economy. 

Typical offers

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

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

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

UCAS code

GN52

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.
  • You will join a growing network of ITMB graduates from universities across the UK.
  • 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.

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.

Tuition fees

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

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

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

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,730 2018/19: £14,000

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840 2018/19: £3,920

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
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

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

A-level: BBC or equivalent, preferably including science and/or business
International Baccalaureate: 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.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 BBC equivalent for this course will be 112 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

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

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

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

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

 Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

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 Computing Department is located in modern buildings with networks of Windows/Linux workstations and 24-hour access to the PC networks. You will benefit from excellent access to educational and professional software.

Wheatley Campus's undergraduate centre provides a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere in which students can socialise, study and work collaboratively. 

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.

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.