This course introduces you to the modern theories and skills used to design, develop and manage IT systems, processes and technologies. You learn how to apply your IT knowledge and skills to the development and management of software and web systems.
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On this course you enhance your skills as an IT professional, increasing your employment potential and career opportunities in the IT industry.
The course contains a mixture of business and IT modules. It is aimed at students who want to develop their knowledge and careers in directions where it is important to have a good understanding of both how IT supports business, and what business needs to understand about IT.
Career routes followed by former students are varied. They include • project management • business • data • research analysts • software development • digital marketing roles.
In a world where commercial success relies on digital communications, high speed data transfer and real-time analysis, where information technology (IT) is constantly advancing, companies need professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel technology solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage.
Aimed at graduates with experience in computing or IT, this specialist practice-based course has been developed and delivered in partnership with Coventry Business School. It aims to develop complementary skills in business and technology, providing a solid foundation in management, including budgeting, resource allocation and organisation, together with sound technical knowledge of aspects such as software design, network planning and technical support.
Coventry University is ranked in the top 20 best universities in the country for both ‘Computer Sciences’ and ‘Business and Management Studies’ by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Well-established industry connections, with companies like IBM, provide opportunities for collaborative projects and guest lectures from expert practitioners who will share their experiences, both challenges and successes.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised business qualification, which indicates the higher levels of knowledge and skills needed to implement change, turn threats into opportunities, sustain and improve competitive advantage locally, nationally and internationally.
This exciting new course is designed to develop your understanding of the global information technology environment to prepare you to become effective in a senior management role in the IT sector both within and beyond the UK.
You will examine the use of enterprise-wide information management systems within different business contexts and several commercial sectors to better understand how IT can positively impact on the structure and processes of a modern organisation, particularly in the light of changing external environments and rapidly developing technology.
A distinct advantage of our course is the fact you will receive training and practical exposure to two of the world’s leading software systems – Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), the leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions, and Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), recognised worldwide as the de facto project management process.
Course content has been designed with input from our Industry Advisory Board, whose membership includes companies in the wholesale industry. Their feedback tells us that employers are looking for graduates with management capabilities in addition to the expected IT skills, which is why our course provides a solid foundation in PRINCE2 techniques, which demonstrates your commitment to high quality management, control and organisation.
Our highly qualified staff are acknowledged experts in their field, with substantial academic and industrial expertise. This includes, for example, the country project director for IT for Shell International and ITV, former heads of IT, managing directors of software development houses and database specialists. They have or continue to conduct research into big data, internet protocols, knowledge management, education and healthcare, sharing this knowledge within their teaching.
Course content has been structured to enable you to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of IT management, together with the appropriate intellectual, intercultural and personal skills required in the modern workplace.
We will look at current and emerging practices in the management of information technology systems, providing advanced knowledge and practical experience – through real-life case studies and work-based projects – of the specification, implementation and management of information systems in divergent organisational contexts.
We aim to develop and enhance your managerial, analytical, critical communication and presentation skills, developing your understanding of both the functional nature of business and the holistic nature of management. You’ll explore contemporary business issues, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and the need to manage change across cultures to ensure successful global trade. We will also consider sources of financial information, examining the financial reports of real-world public companies, to develop your financial analysis skills.
To demonstrate you have acquired the skills and knowledge to pursue a professional career in the management of IT, your Master’s culminates in an independent project or dissertation. You will either solve a real practical problem with the application of best practice or conduct research into a chosen subject area. Recent projects within this area have covered topics as diverse as network security for SMEs and digital marketing strategies for a local community centre.
Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand.
This Masters gives you the skills and knowledge to engage with the information society as a leader, innovator and entrepreneurial manager.
You’ll learn to understand and integrate contemporary theory while exploring the latest trends. Taught by our leading academics and business practitioners, you’ll be shown how to select and use cutting-edge tools and techniques to solve complex business challenges, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through live case studies and projects.
You’ll benefit from interaction with leading UK and European businesses through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops, all of which help you prepare for the challenges of a fast-changing sector.
This Masters is supported by an advisory board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses including IBM, Ericsson, Lloyds Banking Group and Thales Group. They advise on content, deliver guest lectures, provide dissertation projects and offer site visits. You’ll benefit from a curriculum developed in collaboration with these partners, which allows us to focus our teaching on the skills most relevant to the workplace.
Teaching on the MSc is informed by leading scholars from the AIMTech Research Centre at Leeds University Business School, one of Europe’s most influential research centres in Information Systems and Information Management.
The centre has a tradition of cutting-edge research subjects, including how ICT drives organisations, information sharing in disasters, ICT in developing countries (ICT4D) and the design and evaluation of mobile information systems.
Core modules will develop your understanding of research design and introduce you to systems thinking. This will prepare you to study the design and build of information systems, and you’ll also learn more about entrepreneurship.
You’ll explore approaches and techniques in strategic management, as well as applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios to develop professional skills. At the same time you’ll examine the importance of information management as a core business activity and how it is put to use in different organisations.
You’ll also have an opportunity to tailor your studies to your own interests and career plans with your choice of optional modules. You could examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science, or broaden your knowledge by studying supply chain management, change management or risk perception.
By the end of the course, you’ll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to organisations.
You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.
We use a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.
Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
This Masters prepares you for a range of careers related to information management. Graduates can consider a management position in information systems, information management, senior IT or business analysis roles, or may pursue a dynamic career as a technology innovator or leader.
The emergence of social media, wireless communications, the cloud, big data and mobile technologies are all creating challenges for managers and organisations. Alongside accelerating information flows, complexity and volume, the skills to manage and drive opportunity through this information are now vital for most organisations.
The skills to meet this need are scarce, particularly amongst managers. As a result, many organisations struggle with this area of business and demand for professionals with these skills is strong as a result. This course is designed to meet the expectations of both leading organisations and individuals who wish to pursue a career in information systems and information management.
Links with industry
Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.