Why choose the MSc ITMOC?

Many business schools offer an Information Systems (IS) or E-Business type masters degree. So what’s different about the MSc in Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC) programme?

Typically IS or IT programmes have differentiated themselves from other business degrees by their high level of technical content – and so have appealed mainly to students interested in more technical careers as software designers or programmers.

Such programmes often focus primarily on technical approaches to systems analysis and design, programming, telecommunications and database analysis and design. These technical skills are then augmented by management-oriented modules. Yet, paradoxically, students often leave with insufficient technical skills to enter the more specialist careers and, having covered only limited management content, they are not adequately equipped to begin a management career either.

The ITMOC advantage: take your knowledge and career to the next level

Integrated approach to IT

What is special about the MSc ITMOC is that it is based on the explicit recognition that information technology has become a strategic and organisational change issue, rather than one which is only – or even primarily – technical.

ITMOC therefore gives you a firm grasp of the key concepts, debates and issues in the areas of change management, IT management and strategy, knowledge management, and systems analysis and design – and combines this with an exploration of the technologies and organisational designs that underpin new and future organisational practices. Such knowledge can then be applied to many different types of organisation.

Practical focus

Through its interactive style of learning and challenging tasks such as company research projects, ITMOC also sets you up for the future by helping you develop important process skills that employers will value. These include problem structuring, project management, group working, presentation skills and report writing.

Employer recognition and involvement

ITMOC's very distinctive focus on information technology and organisational change is what has made the programme a market leader in preparing information systems professionals for future careers. It's one reason why, for many years, the programme has worked closely with major employers who are well aware of Lancaster University Management School’s reputation as a centre of academic and teaching excellence.

The ITMOC programme will undoubtedly change your perspectives and enhance your marketability. See our Alumni Profiles and Alumni Advisers to get an idea of what some of our graduates have gone on to do, and our Careers page for details of how we support you in devising and managing your own career strategy.