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MSc Information Technology

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Sandwich (Thick) out of college., Part-Time

Whether you have some experience but no formal qualification in Information Technology, or have a first degree in a subject other than Information Technology, this course allows graduates without IT qualifications the chance to enter the business computing profession.

As a graduate from this course, you'll understand IT from a business perspective, be able to create a systematic view of business system development, as well as being able to implement IT systems.

For many organisations, their software infrastructure forms a core part of their business function, so it is vital for system developers and managers to understand how the business process and strategy shape the IT applications. Instead of focusing on traditional software development, this course will expose you to all aspects of modern business IT systems, including but not limited to IT management, cloud services and their applications, service integration and human-centred design.

Throughout the course, you’ll draw on research and recent developments in IT to gain awareness of current problems and develop your ability to develop systematic, original and creative intellectual solutions to business problems.

A real-world research problem of your choice will give you the opportunity to explore your particular area of interest in greater depth. You will learn how to plan research projects, create and interpret IT knowledge and how to report on it to a professional standard.

An exciting and valuable part of this course is the option to do a work placement, which provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand work experience and apply the learning that you have acquired through the course, especially if you are considering a change in career or direction.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

See Course details for information including how this course will be delivered safely if you’re starting in January 2021 in response Covid-19.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2021, September 2021, January 2022, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September: 12 months full-time, 24 months with a 12 month placement or 2 years part-time. January: 18 months full-time, 30 months with a 12 month placement or 2 years part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Placement opportunities

The optional placement provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course.

The placement can be paid employment but voluntary work can be just as useful.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Your application

Entry requirements


Upon completion of this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to enter the business computing profession, regardless of whether you currently hold any IT qualifications. As Information Technology forms a core part of the business function for many organisations, you will enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in a variety of industries.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

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What our students say

Ryan Delmo

My placement helped to change my goal and career path. It showed my true potential and allowed me to know my limits and strengths. It was a good opportunity for me try out what I had learned at university.

What our graduates think

Kwong Chi Lee

I am working with Thales Hong Kong and the skills I developed at BU have provided me a solid base for my career. I have used the culture I learnt from studying in the UK in the company which really helps a lot!

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