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Information Management for Business BSc

Developed in close collaboration with some of the UK's most well-known companies this pioneering programme offers a unique balance of IT, Management and Business skills to ensure that our graduates have the skills and expertise they need to thrive in the industries of the future.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
No specific subjects.
At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. Mathematics at grade A or 7 required if not offered at A level. 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-requirements

Contextual offer

Grades
ABB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
No specific subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. Mathematics at grade A or 7 required if not offered at A level. 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-requirements

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
34 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 16 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

UCL 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 in Information Management for Business (IMB) is designed to respond to the needs of innovative employers, equipping students to respond to the challenges that lie beyond digital business transformation.

  • We aim to provide the highest quality management and technology education - providing deep insights into managerial issues faced by technology-intensive organisations. You will gain an all-round knowledge of computing 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 - whilst 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module 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 the choice of an elective module from a set of pathways options that reflect typical graduate destinations. In this way, you will be able to develop the skills and expertise most appropriate to your career aspirations.

Elective pathways continue into the third year through the choice of two additional elective modules.

Before the start of the final year you will be expected to identify a specific area for your extended project, which is often undertaken in close collaboration with one or more employers in our network. Project options range from more academically oriented dissertations, through consultancy-based projects to the exploration of new business opportunities in an enterprise project.

Modules

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
  • Introduction to 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
  • Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Database Systems
  • Business in the Digital World
  • Business Research Methods

Optional modules

You will select one elective module from a wide range of pathways.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Understanding the Information Economy
  • Innovation Management
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Managerial Finance for Decision Makers
  • Extended Project

Optional modules

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


Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

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.

Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Assessment

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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

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

Careers

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.

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 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£28,610 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Funding

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

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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 2020



Selection

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.


Page last modified on 22 June 2020