MSc IT Management for Business

Duration Full time 1 year
  • Computer Science
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


This interdisciplinary MSc has been designed to educate the next generation of IT management professionals. You will develop the latest skills and knowledge in computing and management relevant to the provision of high quality IT services in business settings. MSc ITMB, taught in conjunction with the Department of Computing, will enable you to work in system development at management level, employing systems in a strategy that provides maximum competitive advantage for the business.

Aimed at graduates who would like to work as IT professionals, it offers an excellent grounding in the creation and management of digital and technology systems in business and government organisations. MSc ITMB graduates take up a variety of jobs including IT Consultant, Business Analyst, Software Developer and can ultimately move into management roles such as Project Manager and IT Director.

The course is focused on providing you with the skills required for the modern business environment. You will have the opportunity to learn about large-scale IT systems in the public sector and private companies through engagement with industry. Guest lectures will be given by IT professionals as part of the programme, and participation in industry leading schemes such as ITIL and PRINCE2, allowing you to further develop your professional skills.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

As this course is run in conjunction with Exeter's Business School, IT Management for Business students enjoy cross-disciplinary teaching, with access to cross-discipline modules taught by subject specialists and "guru lectures" given by IT business experts.

The teaching is mainly delivered by lectures, workshops and online materials. Each module also has core and supplementary texts, or material recommended by module deliverers, which provide in depth coverage of the subject and goes beyond the lectures.
A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

We aim to provide a supportive environment where students and staff work together in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The department has a student-focused approach to teaching, whereby all members of staff deal with questions on an individual basis. We operate an open door policy, so it is easy to consult individual members of staff or to fix appointments with them via email. As a friendly group of staff, you will get to know us well during your time here.

The assessment strategy for each module is explicitly stated in the full module descriptions given to students. Group and team skills are addressed within modules dealing with specialist and advanced skills. Assessment methods include essays, closed book tests, exercises in problem solving, use of the Web for toolbased analysis and investigation, mini-projects, extended essays on specialized topics, and individual and group presentations.


What are the biggest highlights of the ITMB degree?

Study a degree that addresses the IT skills gaps reported by employers

The BSc IT Management for Business degree is a result of the collaboration between top UK employers and universities. The programme will equip graduates with the right technical and business skills to enter the workplace after university. 

Employer networking opportunities

In 2003, e-skills UK identified a growing concern amongst top companies in the UK that the knowledge and skills of most IT graduates were not suited to the majority of roles within the sector. 

As a result, e-skills worked with employers to find out the knowledge and skills that are important to them and what they look for in their ideal graduate employees. The result was the unique ITMB degree which combines practical technology and business skills with real employer involvement.

Since its launch in 2005, the number of employers supporting the programme has grown to over 80 companies, representing all industry sectors. You can view a full list of employers involved in ITMB here.

Employers are active in the ITMB programme and regularly attend ITMB events, give business lectures and run 'Mock Interview' days to help ITMB students with their interview techniques and CVs. Students on the course can also get exclusive ITMB tailor-made year and summer placements within the industry. As an ITMB student you will get an exclusive access to employer led events such as:

CV Clinics These are workshops during which employers offer advice on writing CVs and preparing for assessment days.
Real-life projects You will have the opportunity to solve a real-world challenge and get a flavour for what your job will involve in future.
Competitions Participate in national competitions sponsored by ITMB employers and offering some amazing prizes.
Work placements As an ITMB student you will be the first to know about work placement and internship opportunities from partner employers. 
Guru Lectures Delivered by senior executives and inspirational role models from some of the UK's most prestigious companies and successful startups.

Entry requirements 2017

Normally a 2.1 BSc degree or equivalent in a subject with strong numeracy skills. Subjects such as Computing, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biosciences, Business will be suitable, but we welcome applications from students with degrees in social sciences and the humanities.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £10,000 full-time
  • International: £22,500 full-time

Pro Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarship

All international applicants who are holding an offer of a place on selected programmes will automatically be considered for these high-value scholarships of up to £7,500 per year of study.

View our 2016 scholarship recipients welcome event photo gallery »

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Current available funding

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