UCL Management Science and Innovation

BSc/MSci Information Management For Business


The BSc/MSci Information Management for Business programme is structured to provide a fully comprehensive coverage of IT, business, operations and project management, and leadership and enterprise. The BSc programme lasts three years, while those signing up for the MSci programme will study for four years. The table shows what modules are covered in each term.

Richard Pettinger in discussion with students

  Term 1 Term 2
Year 1

MSIN1001 Foundations of Management

MSIN1003 Information World

INST1002 Programming I - Java

INST1003 Information Systems

MSIN1002 Communication and Behaviour in Organisations

MSIN7009 Introduction to Marketing

MSIN1006 Accounting Foundations

INST6002 Web Technologies, Users and Management

Year 2

INST2002 Programming II

MSIN2003 Business Analytics

MSIN2009 Software Engineering

One Elective Module

MSIN7004 e-Business Environment and Management

MSIN7002 Business in a Competitive Environment

INST2005 Database Systems

INST2006 Semantic Web

Year 3

MSIN3010 IT Project Management

MSIN9001 Dissertation

MSIN7013 Innovation Management

One Elective Module

MSIN3003 IMB Personal, Professional Development

COMP3012 Interaction Design

Dissertation (continued)

One Elective module

Year 4
(MSci only)

MSINMG07 Financial Management

MSINM003 Group Consultancy project

MSINM015 Business Strategy

MSINM022 Organisational Behaviour

MSINM014 Decision and Risk Analysis

MSINM021 Leadership and Communication

Group Consultancy Project (continued)

One elective module

Part-time study programme

We do not offer a part-time study programme on the BSc/MSci Information Management for Business course.

Competitions and conferences

There are two annual Information Management for Business (IMB) student conferences each year; one at Manchester University and the other at the headquarters of Computer Associates (CA) in Slough. IMB students attend these conferences, which include competitions, presentations by employers, and careers and networking opportunities, including the chance to meet company staff and fellow students from other universities.

Additionally, there is an increasing number of opportunities for students to take part in business, enterprise and case study conferences and competitions in other parts of the world. In the past year, IMB students have been to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, and other opportunities are in the pipeline in Canada, Germany and the United States.


Student profile

Who is this course designed for

Are you interested in studying business, management, information technology and project management? Would you like to have a management role or even manage your own business or a large organisation in a few years time? Do you see yourself as a leader? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions then UCL’s BSc/MSci Information Management for Business degree programme is for you.

In close collaboration with some of the biggest employers in the UK including British Airways, BT, Morgan Stanley, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Apple, Microsoft and Unilever we have put together a degree programme with a unique balance of IT, management, business and leadership that is designed to ensure that graduates have the skills, qualities, education and understanding that they need to excel in, and lead, the industries and companies of the future.

How to apply

Applying for BSc/MSci Information Management for Business

You will need to apply for this course through the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. The earlier you apply the better, as the programme is very heavily over-subscribed.

Find out more about applying for courses through UCAS

Entry requirements

You will need AAB grades at Advanced (A) level, plus a further pass at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level. We do not specify the subjects you need to study as we take the view that this programme needs to be open to everyone who has a burning desire to change the world for the better, and who wants to make a high flying career in technology, business, management, leadership and enterprise.


You can find out about course fees here

Further information and contact details

Pearl Ashaley, Undergraduate Administrator
T: +44 (0)203 108 1015, E: imb-info@ucl.ac.uk

When to apply

2013/14 Term dates

Open days

UCL provides regular open days and other forms of public access; anyone wishing to visit to discuss the BSc/MSci Information Management for Business (IMB)  programme and the opportunities that it provides is always very welcome to do so. Additionally, we provide open days for particular schools and other student groups by prior arrangement.


Scholarships are available through UCL for all years of study. Competition for scholarships is fierce, however, and to stand a chance of being chosen you will need to show evidence of commitment and the potential for high achievement.

Application for scholarships and bursaries must be made either when confirming your place before the start of your studies, or else at the start of each year of study.

Further information about scholarships and funding can be found here

The department also provides up to three scholarships per year for students who wish to spend short periods of time studying or working in China during the summer vacation. These scholarships are also very competitive, and are awarded on the basis of academic achievement during the preceding year.

Why choose us

Why Choose BSc/MSc Information Management for Business

The Information Management for Business (IMB) degree programme aims to:

  • provide students with a broad and comprehensive background of business operations, procedures and culture applicable to a career in a technology and business oriented environment
  • equip students with sufficient business, technical and managerial knowledge to play a key role in the companies and organisations of the future
  • encourage students to develop an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to recognising and grasping business opportunities
  • develop the interpersonal skills and acumen necessary to become effective leaders, managers and pioneers for the future
  • provide students with a set of analytical tools and techniques, and the probem solving and modelling skills appropriate to business and ITrelated operations and activities
  • provide direct links with companies and organisations that give the fullest possible range of opportunities within the business environment.

What our students say

If you want to know why you should consider the BSc/Msci Information Management for Business (IMB) programme, read what some of our past students have had to say….

“I left here last July and since then I have been working for one of the ‘big four’ consultancies – and I have put into practice everything I learned on the programme.”

“Having studied IMB at UCL, I am now on the education development PhD programme at Oxford University – and would not be here if it had not been for the top quality education that I received at UCL.”

“The support we get from the programme director and teaching team is second to none. Everyone is friendly, approachable and supportive, and nothing is too much trouble.”

“When I first arrived here, I wondered what to expect. I needn’t have worried at all – the staff were all very welcoming, and within a week I had made friends who will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

“It is a truly international progrmme with people from all over the world. And UCL is a great place to study.”

“I would not have got my job at ITV without the breadth and depth of education that the IMB programme provides. It has set me up for the whole of my career.”

Links with e-skills UK

E-skills UK is the government lead body which provides the infrastructure for the whole of the national information technology for business initiative and of which the Information Management for Business (IMB) degree programme is a major part.

E-skills UK provide facilities, resources and student activities regularly throughout the year. They also provide a library and archive of lectures, papers, research and expert practice which serves as one of the foundations for the development of this approach to leadership, enterprise, management and IT which is so crucial to the future of the UK and to its major companies and organisations.

E-skills UK provides its own internships and portfolio of work experience, making sure that it contributes effectively to the relationship between UCL and the employers involved in the programme.

E-skills UK also provide a community website, which includes links to all of the top employers and the opportunities that they have on offer. The community links to students at the other universities involved, and to a great collection of lectures and contacts with the companies that support the programme.

Study Abroad

UCL has a wide range of universities in all parts of the world with whom it has exchange and reciprocal arrangements. Students who sign up for the four year MSci Information Management for Business (IMB) programme have the opportunity to take a year or a term (semester) abroad following a programme of study, once this is agreed between UCL, the host university and the student. 

Students interested in the study abroad year should read the module fact sheet in the first instance, MSIN3018 Study Year Abroad Project. Find out more by downloading the full study abroad guide.

Links with UCL Advances

The Information Management for Business (IMB) programme has effective links with UCL Advances, which is the entrepreneurial arm of UCL. For IMB students, these links provide work experience, the opportunity to put straight into practice what has been learned on the course, and the ability to make an immediate impact on the companies that you work with. There is a great range of opportunities through UCL Advances, serving every interest.


Career opportunities

Our students have the world at their feet.

The Information Management for Business programme combines the highest quality of education, a pioneering and ground-breaking approach to the relationship between technology, business and management, and links to industry and commerce. As a result, IMB graduates go on to work in banking, consultancy, financial services and industry, as well as having the pick of postgraduate choices, including places at UCL and all of the top universities in the world.

Please click here to go to our careers support page.

Internships and work experience

Contacts with the companies and organisations which support the Information Management for Business (IMB) programme start early in the first year of the course. You will be introduced to people from the largest and most successful organisations in every industrial, commercial, consulting and financial sector right from the start of your studies. This means that you can begin to form your own impressions of the types of organisations that you would like to work for and the careers on offer – and, in particular, the careers that inspire you.

The companies offer a variety of work opportunities to suit all student requirements. These range from short periods of work shadowing and observing, through to the opportunity to take a full year out on an industrial or commercial placement. There are also plenty of options for placements of between one and four months, which are taken during the summer vacation.

Students wishing to take a full year out need to arrange this with the programme director and the company offering the placement. A full year out is normally taken between the second and third year, or between the third and fourth year for those who wish to continue with the full MSci programme.

The list of opportunities for work experience, internships and industrial and organisation placements is growing all of the time. From 2012, we have had a formal link with Cisco Systems, and this includes the opportunity for IMB students to work for the company for a year, either in the UK or in California. The first student to go out there is Amna Asghar.

As well as giving a very useful running commentary on how things are turning out, it is also very helpful for anyone wanting to know and understand the benefits of doing internships and work experience.

Internship experiences

British Red Cross

SAS Internship

Last updated Monday, 13 Oct