Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Information Management and Business Studies

BSc (Hons) 3 years full time or 4 years full time Sandwich

  • About the Course
  • Course Structure
  • Entry requirements
  • Next Steps

With Loughborough ranked 1st in the UK for Information Management and 6th for Business Studies by The Times Good University Guide 2013 this course develops graduates who are in demand with employers.

The course can be studied over three years or as a four year degree with a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

“How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose” (Bill Gates). Information is now a vital asset for organisations. Its effective use and exploitation contributes to success and competitive advantage. This course develops your understanding of information and knowledge management and their value at strategic and operational levels.

The course covers key business subjects such as financial reporting and marketing as well as the use and design of business information systems. Using examples drawn from business, government and the third sector you learn about issues such as freedom of information, data visualisation and protecting intellectual property. Optional modules in your second and final years enable you to specialise in areas of interest to you.

An Enterprise Ethos

We encourage a spirit of enterprise here at Loughborough. It’s a key part of the Loughborough experience and it can really boost your job prospects. All our business courses include a module to develop our students’ enterprise and employability skills. We also deliver more specific modules in entrepreneurship for those with aspirations to start their own businesses.

Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.

Career Opportunities

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2013 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 13th most targeted university by recruiters.

Our graduates have a wide variety of careers open to them, with new forms of specialisation opening up in response to new challenges to society. With skills and knowledge that are increasingly valued by employers, our graduates find employment in a wide range of specialist information management roles as well as in areas such as finance, marketing and sales.

Example graduate destinations:

Barclays (Data Analyst); Ernst & Young (Knowledge Executive); IBM (Information Operational Manager); Marks & Spencer (Commercial Manager); Red Bull (Field Marketing Specialist); Rolls Royce (Project Manager)

Extended Four-Year Degree

You can choose to extend your degree and boost your employability by opting to study abroad for a year between the second and final year of your degree or by taking a year-long, salaried professional placement to build your work experience. Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in either a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

Exchange opportunities currently exist in Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy in Europe, as well as in Hong Kong (China), Toronto (Canada), Purdue (USA) and Perth and Sydney (Australia).

Teaching and Learning
Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Financial Reporting
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Knowledge, Data and Information in Organisations
  • Knowledge, Data and Information in Society
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Information and Knowledge Organisation and Retrieval
  • Statistics and Modelling for Business
  • Web Design

Year 2

  • Knowledge, Data and Information Systems
  • Management Science Methods
  • Operations Management
  • People Centred Information Systems
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Research Methods
  • Records Management in Organisations
  • The Marketing Mix

Plus two modules from a list of options, including: Company Finance, Informatics and Systems, Organisation Studies, The Contemporary Business Environment

Optional Year on Placement or Studying Abroad

Final Year

  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
  • Management of Information Systems and Services
  • Project
  • Strategic Management

Plus three modules from a list of options, including: Business Information Systems, Consumer Health Information, Corporate and Wholesale Banking, Culture and Change Management, Electronic Information Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Gender and Information, Information and Knowledge Management in the NHS, International Financial Management, Managing Projects: Managing Knowledge, Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy and Planning, Project Management, Risk Management, Social Informatics

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry Requirements - 2014 Entry
Information about the entry requirements for this course are below.

BSc (Hons) Information Management and Business Studies – PN11 (3yrs) or PNC1 (4yrs)

ABB (General Studies accepted)
AB, plus Highers at majority B grades
34 points minimum
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade C in Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

SQA AH = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma DPS = Diploma in Professional Studies DIS = Diploma in Industrial Studies DIntS = Diploma in International Studies


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