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BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) with Industrial Experience

The unfair advantage - an employer-designed degree course to put graduates ahead.

Everyday business activities have become technology dependent and there is increasing demand for graduates whose skills cover the challenging middle ground between business and IT. This group of courses was developed jointly by the Tech Partnership and over 60 blue chip employers and includes a work placement in your penultimate year of study.

Course statistics


of placement students achieved a first or upper second class degrees between 2015-17


Recognised by over 60 employers including Credit Suisse, HP, IBM, Microsoft and SAS


Average salary within 6 months (DLHE)


In employment or further study within 6 months (DLHE)

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Ranked 4th in the UK for business and economics (source: THE 2017)

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Ranked 22nd in the world for business and economics (source: THE 2017)

BSc Information Technology Management for Business with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Developed in collaboration with  Tech Partnership Degrees  and leading global blue-chip employers, this course aims to create `the ideal graduate' whose skills cover the challenging middle ground between business and IT. You will complete a one-year industrial placement after your second year.

The uniqueness of the course is recognised by over 60 employers who maintain its quality and relevance to their sectors. Accenture, BBC, BT, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, IBM, Unilever and many other companies help to deliver the course through project work, guru lectures, student mentoring and a range of professional development activities.

This course is also available as a three-year course without a work placement - see the course entry for BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business.


The Information Technology Management for Business Degree is home to future leaders of the IT industry. Together with your outstanding fellow students from around the world, you will learn the application of technology within the modern workplace across diverse industries. Everything on the IT Management for Business programme is focused on the application of practice, enabling you to understand the real life challenges faced by industry

No previous technology experience is required to join the programme, only a passion for harnessing innovation and creativity to improve the management of IT.

Special features

  • Includes a work placement in your penultimate year of study - earn a salary, gain increased responsibility and independence and develop a real-world attitude to business.
  • Complete team projects set by employers such as Jaguar Land Rover and SAS, the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.
  • Bi-annual on-campus ITMB showcase and recruitment events - present your project work to the likes of Accenture, IBM, Credit Suisse, Northgate and Procter & Gamble. Visit our YouTube channel  to watch a short film about the employer showcase events.
  • Bi-annual Tech Partnership north and south events include business challenges, competitions, graduate and placement student panels, 'meet the employers' sessions and drop-in careers clinics with support from employers such as Capgemini, Logica, HP, Asda and Shell.
  • Employer mentoring scheme - current mentors include the BBC, BT, Deloitte and IBM.
  • Guru lectures and skills workshops provided by BT, CSC, Deloitte, Accenture, Teach First, and Unilever.

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

Course unit details

You take courses totalling 360 credits over the duration of your studies in order to graduate with Honours; 120 credits in each year of study. Generally, one semester courses are worth 10 credits and full year courses are worth 20 credits. As your studies progress you have increasing flexibility in choosing courses which suit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Course content for year 1

Project work integrates business and IT throughout the ITMB programme. Our current first year Integrative Team Project course unit is supported by Credit Suisse and will put your skills to the test in the development of an application to solve a real business problem.

In addition to undertaking foundation level courses in IT, you will also undertake courses in Marketing, Economics and Work Psychology. By the end your first academic year you will have presented your team project to employers at two employer showcases and participated in skills sessions delivered by companies such as KPMG, Deloitte, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Economic Principles BMAN10001 10 Mandatory
Marketing Foundations BMAN10101 10 Mandatory
Integrative Team Project 1 BMAN10690 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Work Psychology BMAN10872 10 Mandatory
Software Application Design and Development BMAN11000 20 Mandatory
Academic and Professional Practice BMAN11030 10 Mandatory
Database Design and Development BMAN11041 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Information Systems BMAN11052 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Data Analytics BMAN11060 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

What sets the ITMB programme at Manchester apart is our ability to provide you with the opportunity to customise your programme of study to ensure that it fulfils a learning experience that meets your individual goals.

During your second year of study you will undertake core course units in Business Analysis, Digital Strategy, User Experience Design and Data Analytics. Our current second year Integrative Team Project is supported by Proctor and Gamble, where you will be tasked with the undertaking of a yearlong team consultancy project, the result of which will be showcased to employers at the end of both semesters.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Optional
Consumer Behaviour BMAN20271 10 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Managing Projects BMAN22061 20 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
Creativity, Design & Entrepreneurship BMAN24241 20 Optional
Marketing Communications in the Digital Age BMAN24352 20 Optional
Sustainable Business BMAN24372 20 Optional
Economic Analysis I: Firm Market and the Economy BMAN24431 20 Optional
Foundations of Strategy and Innovation BMAN24442 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

Industrial experience can be a significant component of the ITMB experience, offering real-world experience with innovative organisations.

Your year in industry will count towards your degree. ITMB with Industrial Experience students will spend their third year in industry before returning to Manchester to follow the final year course units. Previous students have completed placements with Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, PWC, IBM, Microsoft, Vodaphone, Medallia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch amongst others.

Course content for year 4

Your final year provides an in-depth view of big data and business analytics, IT risk and architecture.

You will gain practical skills in the design and application of business IT architectures through a core unit developed with IBM, which applies a case study from the global technology giant. You will also undertake your own final year research project - the development of an IT solution to a business problem which will encompass; investigation, requirement analysis, design and evaluation of your proposed solution. Previous ITMB students have studied a variety of topics including; how large corporations use technology to manage teams across geographic locations and time zones, IT provision in the treatment of diabetes in the NHS, and investigated the implications of the rise in social networking on management.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Business IT Architecture BMAN30732 10 Mandatory
ITMB Final Year Project BMAN31260 40 Mandatory
Modelling of Dynamic Business Systems BMAN31561 10 Mandatory
Marketing Strategy BMAN31302 20 Optional
Services Marketing Management BMAN31312 20 Optional
Foundations of Supply Chain Management BMAN31451 10 Optional
Retail Marketing BMAN31461 20 Optional
Marketing and Society BMAN31621 20 Optional
Advanced Strategic Management BMAN31731 20 Optional
Economic Analysis II: Corporate Development, Growth and Strategy BMAN31881 20 Optional
Global Management, People and the Digital Divide BMAN31891 20 Optional
Innovation and Markets BMAN31911 20 Optional
Sustainable Business In Society BMAN31942 20 Optional
Digital Economy: Platforms, AI and The Business BMAN31952 20 Optional
Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing BMAN31972 20 Optional
International Competitiveness and Innovation BMAN31992 20 Optional
People Management and Change BMAN32091 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an undergraduate degree course at Alliance MBS who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. 

In addition, Alliance MBS will award a range of Social Responsibility Scholarships to UK/EU and international students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. The School will also award a number of International Stellar Scholarships to international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our scholarship pages for full details.

Course collaborators

The distinctive feature of this group of programmes is the strategic involvement of world-class firms within the IT sector who partner with Alliance Manchester Business School to provide input to the course, in the form of prestigious `guru' lectures, real business problems or projects, and mentoring.

The degree has been introduced and directly supported by business and commercial input, with the UK government's Department for Education (DfE) and Tech Partnership Degrees  leading the course. Recognised by government as the Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy, the Tech Partnership is central to government industrial strategy - it is the skills arm of the Information Economy Council.

What our students say

ITMB has been tailored by e-skills UK with the aid of major employers so that its graduates have the precise skills that they want. I am currently on placement with Logica, a leading business consultancy and IT company. My main role is as an applications analyst for a large client, CE Electric. My future aspirations are to move into project/programme management or high-level consultancy.

- Tom Saunderson

I chose my course because although I loved information technology, I wasn't one of the programming type. I also loved business so the combination of the two was perfect. Manchester Business School offers additional opportunities to aid you such as workshops and providing you with an employer for guidance from companies such as IMB and Deloitte - mine's been really helpful.

- Olivia Potts

More current students share their experience of studying BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business on our YouTube channel


John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. This is complemented by our specialist business and management Eddie Davies Library which provides a dedicated service to Alliance MBS undergraduates. There is increasing provision of information via various web-based services and much of your reading material will be available through e-journals. These and other standard computing services, such as access to the internet and word processing, are available through computer clusters across campus in departmental buildings, libraries and halls of residence. Many buildings in and around the campus are also equipped with free wifi access.

Personal development plans

PDPs are aimed at helping you develop awareness of generic transferable and subject-specific skills, improve independent learning and provide a record of your academic learning and achievement.

Academic advisors

All new Alliance MBS students are allocated an academic advisor who you will meet in regular sessions as part of a first-year course unit. Where possible, you will keep the same academic advisor throughout your time here. Your advisor will support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature, from providing feedback on a practice essay in preparation for your `formal' assessment at the end of each semester to discussing your PDP or writing you a reference. We also have a dedicated undergraduate assessment and student support centre within the School, who will be your first point of contact for any ill health or other personal problems which are affecting your work.

Student mentoring

We operate a peer mentoring scheme which aims to provide you with a second or final year 'mentor' to provide practical assistance with orientation and induction as well as advice and information on any aspect of student life.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:
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