Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

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

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
The Tech Partnership accredits IMB as a Tech Industry Gold degree. (See Degree benefits)
Applications per place
7 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
140 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to Information Management for Business subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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 18 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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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

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

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

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

  • Co-created with leading employers such as Accenture, British Airways, IBM, Morgan Stanley and Unilever, the BSc/MSci in Information Management for Business (IMB) is designed to meet the needs of students and employers, equipping them to respond to the challenges of digital business transformation.

  • We aim to provide the highest quality management and technology education along with deep insights into managerial issues faced by technology-intensive organisations. You will gain an all-round knowledge of computer systems and how information is derived, managed and exploited for commercial benefit.

  • IMB encourages you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset - seeing business challenges as opportunities and linking cutting-edge technology with innovative business practices to create and capture value.

  • As a UCL School of Management student, you will benefit from a bespoke careers and employer engagement programme. IMB graduates go on to work with leading companies in the UK and internationally.


The Tech Partnership (www.thetechpartnership.com) is the network of employers working to create skills for the UK's digital economy.

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.

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 will serve as a foundation for the development of professional skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise throughout the rest of the programme.

The second year further develops core knowledge whilst allowing specialisation through choice of an elective option. In this way, you will be able to develop the skills and expertise most appropriate to your career aspirations. Choice of elective options is also a feature of years three and four.

Before the start of your third year you will be expected to identify a specific area for your project dissertation. This is normally undertaken in close collaboration with one or more employers in our network.

The fourth year allows for further study with advanced-level modules and a group/individual consulting project undertaken with an industrial partner.


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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Foundations of Management
Information Systems
Information Management for Business Intelligence
Web Technologies, Users and Management
IT Project Management
Programming 1
Communication and Behaviour in Organisations
Consumer, Market & Industry Research

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Business Analytics
Programming 2
Software Engineering
Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Database Systems
Business in the Digital World
Business Research Methods

Optional modules

You will select one module from a wide range of options.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Business in a Competitive Environment
Business Strategy and Digitisation
Interaction Design
Managerial Decision Making

Optional modules

You will select two modules from a wide range of options.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Technology & Digital Strategy
Financial Management
Organisational Behaviour
Decision and Risk Analysis
Leadership and Communication
Group and Individual Research and Consultancy Project

Optional modules

You will select one module from a wide range of options.

Your learning

Teaching and learning is conducted through lectures, seminars, case studies and practicals and is supported by a substantial and ever-developing virtual learning environment. You will participate in business-focused workshops, industrial guest lectures and scenario-based challenges. Extensive background reading and independent research are required throughout the programme.


In order to progress from one year to the next you will need to pass all modules taken. These are examined through coursework and written examinations.

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 in business, project management and team-working; greater depth and breadth in technical capacities; and a foundation in excellent leadership. You will develop the professional, personal and inter-personal skills to enable effective communication at all levels of an organisation.

From the first week of your studies our close contacts with employers will provide you with opportunities to work with leading companies.

IMB graduates go on to work with leading companies in the UK and internationally. The leadership, professional, technical and personal expertise developed during your degree will provide you with a very broad range of employment and study options when you graduate.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of the Information Management for Business MSci at UCL include:

  • Analyst, Deloitte
  • Analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • Technology Analyst, Credit Suisse
  • Product Developer, BT
  • Technical Solutions Specialist, IBM

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 2013-2015 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 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£25,960 (2018/19)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL 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 interest in, understanding of and passion for the transformative effects of digital technologies in a business context. This may be demonstrated by paid or voluntary work experience, by examples of relevant project work carried out during your academic studies or through your articulation of the likely impacts of emerging technologies.

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 2018


All successful applicants based in the UK will be invited to attend an offer-holder open day. This will provide an opportunity to find out more about the programme and meet some of the academic staff and current students.

Students based outside the UK are assessed on the basis of their UCAS applications. 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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