This MBA (Information Technology) is for aspiring managers who understand and embrace the role of technology within a business and who are ready to make the leap into management within an IT environment.
The programme will provide you with a broader understanding of business through considering issues such as human and financial resources, general management, information technology management and how they impact upon a business.
You are not required to have a background in information technology since applicants are welcomed from any discipline and a wide range of job roles. Many entrants to an MBA (Information Technology) have a science or technology qualification so it is not necessary that you have studied business or management before.
WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THIS PROGRAMME?
Making decisions in organisations requires that you consider a broad range of issues. These include human resources, information technology, financial constraints, customers and the business environment.
As such, this MBA (Information Technology) will help you to gain a broader understanding of business by exposing you to different aspects and showing you how they all fit together, with information technology being part of the solution. Importantly, we take a strategic perspective on business and management and help you to develop the skills to contribute to major decisions made by organisations about their future. Such decisions are often centred on technology.
The MBA (Information Technology) is not, however, simply an academic course. Organisations will present real-life problems for you to resolve and there is a requirement that you have a short placement within a company towards the end of the programme. At Edge Hill Business School you will not simply learn about management - you will practice it.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The MBA (Information Technology) is designed to allow you to develop an understanding of key aspects of business and management with an information technology focus. You will therefore study aspects related to accounting and finance, human resource management, marketing and operations.
By the end of these modules you will have an understanding of the critical aspects of business. Teaching is set in an international context with examples and illustrations drawn from the global economy. A strategic focus will be taken throughout the programme, concentrating on the major decisions that organisations have to make to determine their overall direction.
You will also be exposed to a range of contemporary issues of interest to all managers. These will include such things as globalisation, ethics and social responsibility.
At the end of the taught element you will spend time in a work placement where you will undertake a project on behalf of the host company then present your findings by means of a written report.
HOW WILL I STUDY?
As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios and presentations.
Working with business is a strong theme of the programme and this will be brought into your studies, with you also having the opportunity to spend time out into the workplace. Learning from your colleagues is an important part of the course and many exercises will require you to work in teams.
The course provides a placement opportunity in the form of an unpaid period of time spent with an employer, either individually or in a group, where you will undertake a project of strategic value to that organisation.
Completion of this project will enable you to demonstrate what you have gained from your study and show some UK work experience on your CV when applying for jobs.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?
All our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The degree is delivered by specialists in accountancy, marketing, information technology management and IT security. The programme team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, as well as academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject areas.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Throughout the programme there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability and critical thinking.
Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working with case studies and problem solving exercises being used. Examinations take a variety of forms, using both seen and unseen questions.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?
This MBA (Information Technology) will help to equip you for a range of career opportunities in both general management and specialist functions.
Typical career paths on successful completion of the programme include accountancy, administration, banking, education, finance, human resource management, marketing, public and private sector management, retailing and enterprise.
To join this MBA (Information Technology) you should have a degree equivalent to UK lower second class honours. BCS Professional Diploma in IT (Level 6) is also accepted for entry to this programme.For overseas applicants, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.Ideally you should also have two years of relevant work experience gained after graduation, although well qualified and motivated candidates without this will be considered.
Recipient: Edge Hill University
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