Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

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

Degree Programme
Information Management for Business MSci
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
190 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
8 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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 Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA.

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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Business Analytics
Business in a Competitive Environment
Database Systems
E-Business Environment and Management
Programming 2
Semantic Web
Software Engineering and Human Computer Interaction

Optional courses

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

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Innovation Management
Interaction Design
Project Management
Personal and Professional Development

Optional courses

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

Final Year

Compulsory courses

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 courses

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

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 courses 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.


The first cohort of students admitted to the Information Management for Business MSci will graduate in 2014. Therefore no information about their career destinations is yet available. Career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) from the Information Management for Business BSc include:

  • IT Consultant, Capgemini (2013)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Management at Said Business School, Oxford (2013)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL (2013)
  • IT and Business Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (2013)
  • Graduate Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse (2012)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£22,380 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 2016


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