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The Best of Both Worlds - MBA in IT

Expand your prospects with an MBA in Information Technology. BrainGain magazine brings you details of three UK universities which offer the degree.
BY Resham Mukherjee |   31-08-2015

There is great choice available in MBA specialisations. One of the most rewarding options is an MBA in IT, which brings together the hottest fields, namely, business administration and information technology. It is probably the shortest cut to a secure future.

MBA (IT) is a great choice for STEM graduates who can build on their previous technical education by adding management knowledge and expertise to their skillset. Graduates of these courses are well placed in any management or technical position. 

Here are a few Universities in the UK, which offer an IT MBA.

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Edge Hill University offers  a full-time 12 to 18 months course, as well as a 2-3 years part time course. The 12 month course begins every September while the 18 month, every January. The part-time course typically admits both in September and January.

The course aims to “develop an in-depth and systematic understanding of key aspects of IT Management”, strategic perspective on business, and sharpen management skills. This is achieved through a seven-modules- six generic and one specific.

Uniquely, for this course a candidate does not require a background in information technology, or a job role in the field. Furthermore, applicants with a degree in science or technology need not necessarily have studied business or management before.

Course start dates:September 2015, January 2016, September 2016, January 2017

Entry Requirements

In order to join the MBA, a degree equivalent to UK lower second class honours is essential. A BCS (the British Computer Society) Professional Diploma in IT (Level 6) is also accepted for entry to this programme. For overseas applicants, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or equivalent is required. Also, two years of relevant work experience post-graduation could be considered.

Course fees: The course fee per year for 2015/2016 is 12,500 Pounds.

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The University of Bedfordshire, Luton, is another promising option. The course is spread over 15 months, and comprises eight units and two projects. Marketing, Operations Management, Strategic Management and ways to put theories into practice are among the various subjects combined with core disciplines to innovate the study. Practical sessions in simulated professional business environment and other practice events are integral to the course.

The degree aims to “enhance your professional prospects by developing your capability to apply the latest thinking relating to organisational development and change in the competitive global context”.

Couse start dates:March and October every year.

Entry Requirements: In order to take an admission into the course, international students should have English competence of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Applications should be made directly to the University or via the University’s representatives in one’s home country. Applicants from India fall under Team ‘I’, who can mail to : teami@beds.ac.ukfor inquiries.

Course fees:The fee for international students for 2015-2016 is 11,250 Pounds. There is a provision for Vice Chancellors Scholarship, which may reduce the net payable fee.

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Liverpool Hope University’s MBA (IT), offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in management with a specific focus on the application of management to information technology.

MBA (IT) provides a balanced set of courses from the both business management and technology subject areas. The programme has been designed to address and bridge the “digital divide” that exists between managers with little awareness of technical issues, and technical personnel who tend to focus on technology.

Organisations often need talented managers who can negotiate at both a technical and business level, and that talent is highly prized. MBA (IT) graduates will gain the management know-how of how information technology can be strategically focused to achieve organizational goals.

Duration:12 Months (Full-time)

Entry Criteria: A good degree (minimum of 2.2 or equivalent) in Science, Engineering and Technology, Business and Information Technology based discipline and a minimum of two years relevant work experience; OR highly relevant industrial experience.

Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (reading 6, writing 6) or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.


 
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