Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Information Management for Business MSci

In close conjunction with the largest and most well-known companies in the IT, banking and finance, consulting and consumer goods industries, we have created this four-year degree, with a unique balance of IT, management, and business, which specifically aims to ensure our graduates have the tools they need to excel in, and lead, the industries of the future.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
8 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
210 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Management subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Developed in close collaboration with companies including British Airways, BT, Computer Associates, Ford, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Aviva (formerly Norwich Union) and Unilever.
  • The programme provides the highest quality management and technology education and a deep insight into the management issues faced by technology-intensive organisations.
  • The programme links cutting-edge technology to innovative business practices. There is a clear and direct relationship between what is taught and learned and what is demanded by industry and commerce.
  • The degree is endorsed by e-skills UK and licensed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL School of Management.

  • 70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The purpose of the first year is to provide you with the best possible grounding in information technology, leadership and management. This then serves as a foundation for the development of professional skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise throughout the rest of the programme.

The second year builds on your knowledge, to ensure that when you conduct your third-year studies and project dissertation, you are in the best possible position both to gain high marks in your degree, and to have acquired skills and expertise of value to the kinds of employers with whom we work.

Before the start of the third year you will be expected to identify a specific area for your project dissertation. This is normally conducted through working in close conjunction with one or more of the employers. The fourth year allows for further study with advanced-level courses and a group/individual project.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Accounting Foundations
Communication and Behaviour in Organisations
Foundations of Management
Information Systems
Information Management for Business Intelligence
Introduction to Marketing
Programming 1
Web Technologies, Users and Management

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Business Analytics
Business in a Competitive Environment
Database Systems
Business in the Digital Age
Programming 2
Semantic Web
Software Engineering

Optional modules

You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Innovation Management
Interaction Design
IT Project Management
Managerial Decision Making

Optional modules

You will select 1.0 credit from a wide range of optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Business Strategy (Master's Level)
Decision and Risk Analysis (Master's Level)
Entrepreneurial Finance (Master's Level)
Group and Individual Research and Consultancy Project (Master's Level)
Leadership, Ethics and Communication (Master's Level)
Organisational Behaviour (Master's Level)

Optional modules

You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of optional modules.

Your learning

Teaching and learning is conducted through lectures, seminars, case studies and practicals; and there is a substantial and ever-developing virtual learning environment in which you will be expected to participate fully. Extensive background reading and literature research are required throughout the programme. You will attend special sessions, guest lectures, and regular tutorials with the Programme Director.


In order to progress from one year to the next, you will need to pass all modules taken. These are examined through a combination of assessed coursework and written examinations. Examinations take place at the end of each academic year.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Information Management for Business MSci.


The programme will provide you with many skills, including: a solid core of business, project management and team working skills; greater depth and breadth of technical skills; and the foundation of excellent leadership, professional, personal and inter-personal skills to enable effective communication at all levels within an organisation.

The leadership, professional, technical and personal expertise developed during your degree will provide you with many employment and study options when you graduate. Our close contacts with employers will give rise to openings for graduates, and many graduates will have the opportunity to develop into both technology and management roles at an early stage of their career.

During the programme of study, many opportunities for work in companies - including internships - will be available. You may also wish to consider postgraduate study in computer and information science and technology, as well as more specialist management and business programmes.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of Information Management for Business programmes include:

  • IT Consultant, Capgemini
  • Graduate Software Engineer, British Airways
  • Full-time student, MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL
  • IT and Business Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • Graduate Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£23,710 (2017/18)

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are looking for evidence of your commitment and enthusiasm for the subject. This may be demonstrated through paid or voluntary work experience, or by giving examples of relevant project work carried out during your academic studies. If you have specific areas of interest within the broader field of information technology and management, you should indicate these on your application.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


All successful applicants based in the UK will be invited to attend an Offer-holders Open Day. This is not a selection tool but offers applicants the opportunity to find out more about the programme, meet some of the academics in the School as well as current students on the programme.

Students based outside the UK are assessed on the basis of their UCAS application, but we do encourage you to visit UCL if at all possible.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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