Country of origin: Germany
Consultant, PwC (Germany)
ITMOC changed the way I think about management, technology, organisation, but also about work, knowledge, progress, business, capitalism, research and I guess the list could go on.
I chose the MSc ITMOC at Lancaster since at it appeared to be an interesting, and highly relevant in current times, course at a very good university in the UK which was a good match with my previous experiences of academic studies and professional experiences from internships.
And though this proved to be true, the real value of the course lies in the intellectual challenges, in letting you develop your own ideas, in helping you solve problems and work constructively. Many of the modules go beyond teaching a simple theory or technique but rather invite you to make use of these existing building blocks in a way that suits you and the issues you are facing. They ‘broaden your horizon’ by showing complicated connections and raising additional issues to consider. Not everybody might expect this from a university programme, but I think it’s the major purpose of higher education. So ITMOC changed the way I think and maybe that’s the biggest compliment I would pay to a Masters course.
It is this ability to think creatively, solve problems, work flexibly and see the bigger picture – along with a profound basis of knowledge in the technology and management domain – that I probably employ every day in my work for a large consulting firm.
On top of that Lancaster offers a wide range of activities, plenty of opportunities to get involved, is a great university campus and a fun environment for your studies. The year at Lancaster is certainly one that I’m really happy to look back on.
I told my course director once that I considered ITMOC to be better than an MBA. It might not replace the MBA with a strong focus on professional education, but ITMOC certainly prepares you for real issues that you’ll face, and the absolutely integral part of IT in today’s businesses changes a lot about how companies are managed and organised.