MBA Business Administration (Information Technology)

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Overview

UKPASS Code:P051837
Course Length:12-18 Months Full-Time, 2-3 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, January 2017, September 2017, January 2018
Department:Business School
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, there is an intake to the 12-month full-time route each September and 18-month full-time route each January. The part-time route takes 2-3 years to complete and typically has intakes in both September and January.

  • Develop an in-depth and systematic understanding of key aspects of IT Management and related issues surrounding the field.
  • Gain a strategic perspective on business;
  • Enhance your existing skills to management level;

This MBA 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. 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.

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 in Information Technology have a science or technology qualification so it is not necessary that you have studied business or management before.

Business School

Course in Depth

What will I study?

This MBA 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 strategy.

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.

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. Learning from your colleagues is an important part of the course and many exercises will require you to work in teams.

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.

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.

A Great Study Environment

MBA ITThe stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Business School and Department of Law and Criminology.

The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

Modules

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BUS4031 Strategic Marketing Planning (20 credits)

Strategic Marketing Planning is designed to provide you with an understanding of marketing planning including the synerginistic planning process and its links with the delivery of effective and sustainable competitive advantage. Effective marketing strategy and planning is essential for all organisations. The module considers the complexities of the marketing environment and the impact this has on the creation of marketing plans and their successful implementation and execution. This will enable you to contribute along with other directors and senior managers to an organisation’s competitive strategy.

BUS4038 Strategy: Foundations and New Perspectives (20 credits)

Strategy: Foundations and New Perspectives provides a critical, reflective and evaluative examination of historic and contemporary debates relating to business strategy and strategic planning. The module focuses on the decision-making process with regard to strategy formulation and implementation and contextualises and evaluates the process through examination of business approaches and practices. You will develop the ability to formulate and implement strategy in order to maximise organisational effectiveness and business performance. In addition, you will be encouraged to evaluate the impact and influence of sometimes complex strategic decisions and actions on a range of organisational stakeholders.

BUS4039 Human Resourcing as Competitive Strategy (20 credits)

Human Resourcing as Competitive Strategy recognises that the effective management of people is of fundamental importance to any organisation, as is a coherent, well-thought-through company strategy.  An increasing number of organisations are recognising the need for strategically integrated people management policies that inform all major decisions. This change requires greater strategic awareness from Human Resources (HR) managers. Indeed, the UK HR professional body, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has encouraged all HR professionals to be cognisant of their role in the effective achievement of organisational strategy. This module will enhance your knowledge of, and competence in, strategic human resource management to help you meet increasing demands for a strategically sensitive approach to people management.

BUS4040 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Financial Decision Making  briefly reviews the main financial information produced by organisations, before moving on and focusing on how this information can be used by managers. The module provides a platform for managers, developing from basic financial systems to evaluating financial information and its uses in making decisions. The module will allow you to reflect on some of the current critical debates about the role and positioning of financial information in organisations; being able to place financial information and decision-making in the wider context of organisations and their roles in society.

BUS4519 Dissertation (60 credits)

Dissertation requires you to undertake a piece of independent research based upon, or linked to, a specific topic or issue related to a relevant organisational or management development matter. You will provide a theoretical rationale for the dissertation, collect and organise research data, present it within a coherent, rigorous and analytical framework, and reach a well-argued and integrated conclusion.

BUS4522 Organisational Research (20 credits)

Organisational Research develops your skills and awareness in research methodologies and techniques that are specifically appropriate for undertaking, analysing and writing-up academic research in the form of a dissertation or practitioner/consultancy research. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methodologies and develop the necessary conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical skills necessary for management studies research.

You will select one of the following modules:

CIS4101 Information Security Management (20 credits)

Information Security Management is a process by which information assets are assessed in order to determine the threats and corresponding risks to those assets. It also encompasses the methods for controlling those risks. This module provides a systemic view of the process and encompasses the legal compliance issues which complement the technical security methods explored in other modules. You will develop analytical and evaluative skills in the context of a complex and unpredictable systems environment in order to be able to develop an information security management system that is fit for purpose.

CIS4102 IT Strategy and Management (20 credits)

IT Strategy and Management will develop your understanding of the multidimensional problems associated with the introduction of technological innovations and the ongoing management of systems and services within both the public and private sector. The module introduces fundamental elements underpinning innovation adoption decisions and critically evaluates implementation strategies designed to secure effective innovation routinisation. In addition, the module seeks to provide an understanding of the need for a tactical and operational view of IT systems and services in the event of an incident occurring.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This MBA 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.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MBA are £10,200 for UK and EU students and £12,750 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MBA are £57 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17, i.e. £1,140 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete an MBA. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2016.

The financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17 includes Postgraduate Loans worth up to £10,000 for full-time study and up to £5,000 per year, payable over the first two years of the course, for part-time study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online at www.ukpass.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyukpass for more information on the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradopendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective postgraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, Masters by Research degrees and MBA awards before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

26th May 2016 - Change of Module

BUS4519 Dissertation (60 credits) replaces CIS4108 Research and Development Project (60 credits) as a compulsory module.