E-skills UK has announced its IT Management for Business (ITMB) degree will be available at postgraduate level for the first time from this September.
The University of Exeter will be the first institution to offer the Masters degree to postgraduate students, in a joint arrangement between its Business School and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
Aimed at students who have the aptitude and enthusiasm to work in technology and business management, but may not have an IT specific degree, the ITMB Masters is designed to offer a new point of entry into the technology sector.
The ITMB delivers a mix of high level knowledge and practical skills. Designed in partnership with, and directly supported by a growing number of leading employers - including Procter & Gamble and Credit Suisse - the degree aims to reflect current and emerging industry needs.
Almost 2,000 students have completed the ITMB undergraduate degree since it launched eight years ago, and it will be available at 19 universities around the UK from next academic year.
The postgraduate qualification will use the same course content, which combines theory with practical work experience, and covers topics including systems programming and software development, project management and leadership skills.
Students and lecturers also benefit from employers' participation in events such as master classes and "guru lectures".
Zena Wood, ITMB course director at the University of Exeter said: "We are excited to offer the first Masters degree to be endorsed by e-skills UK, as it will give the opportunity for students with different experiences, including those from a non-technical background, to obtain the ITMB skill set that is so highly sought by employers."
Chris Keen, IT supervisor at Ford Motor Company, one of the ITMB Employer Forum supporters, said: "Ford has seen the ITMB degree making a strong contribution to UK industry, and providing an excellent grounding for an IT career.
"The ITMB goal of producing highly employable graduates will be further supported by the new Masters degree, offering another route into STEM and IT careers for talented individuals."
Bob Clift, head of the ITMB programme at e-skills UK, said: "The ITMB degree has been delivering outstanding employability outcomes since it launched eight years ago, so we are delighted to extend the offering to postgraduate students at the University of Exeter.
"The Masters qualification will provide an important new entry route into the industry."
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