Information Technology Management MSc - University of Sunderland

Course overview

Our Masters course is a direct response to the rising demand for well-trained ICT managers, which is forecast to grow by 2% a year between 2011 and 2020 according to e-skills UK.

Management skills are taught through modules such as ‘Managing People and Project Leadership’, ‘Project Management and Control’ and ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’.

The IT modules provide you with knowledge of e-business models and practical skills for managing the development and implementation of IT systems. Topics of study include ‘Intelligent Systems for Management’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’.

Your Masters project will bring together the IT and management strands. You will undertake a real-world project, delivering against agreed objectives. The project is an opportunity to take the lead in a systematic approach to IT systems development. It will be an excellent demonstration of your skills and it will be valuable in persuading employers to offer you a job in the future.

Sunderland is among the UK’s top ten universities in terms of ‘spend per student’ for IT, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

  • Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)

This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.

  • Project Management and Control (30 Credits)

In this module you will cover project feasibility, identifying stakeholders and their requirements, measures of success and failure, financial evaluation and management. You will also cover project planning, project execution and project management methodologies as well as quality control.

  • Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)

This module covers organisational structure, team leadership, group dynamics, training and development of project team members, subcontractors, and joint/multiple ventures. You will also cover managing change; conflict and politics; power, decision-making, negotiation and collaboration in project teams; communication in project management including briefings and meetings; and the role of the project manager as co-ordinator and facilitator.

  • Electronic Commerce (15 Credits)

This module examines trends, developments and standards associated with electronic commerce, networks and the internet. You will be exposed to e-business models, e-commerce classification, online trading mechanisms, B2C and B2B scenarios, application architectures, online transaction systems, supply chains, value chain management, customer relationship management, business process integration, interoperability and legacy system issues.

  • Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)

In this module you will analyse the pathology of information systems and reported cases of systems success and/or failure to determine key factors and techniques such as post-implementation reviews and risk checklists. You will also cover risk identification, analysis techniques, and generic risk management frameworks as well as evaluating the relationship between risks and opportunities.

  • Intelligent Systems for Management (15 Credits)

You will explore tools, techniques and the latest developments in Intelligent Systems and their applications in management. You will also cover the systems approach, adaptive and learning systems, active information systems, machine-learning techniques, information management, knowledge management, intelligent knowledge-based systems, expert systems and data warehousing for decision support. You will study data mining in detail: the techniques; the methodologies; the best practices; and the use of techniques for business applications.

  • Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)

You will study risk analysis including: risk definition, certainty, uncertainty, risk management methodology, and risk identification and quantification. You will also cover the applications available for decision support relating to project management problems.

  • Masters Project (60 Credits)

You will undertake a real-world project with the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.

For specific information on these modules and teaching and assessment methods used in this course, click here: MSc Information Technology Management - modules, teaching and assessment (.pdf)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need. 

We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Big Data machine and a High Performance Computing Cluster system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.

University Library Services

We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for computing students include:

  • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
  • Association of Computing Machinery digital library, which includes full-text articles from journals as well as conference proceedings
  • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
  • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 on a range of subjects including technology
  • Business Source Elite from EBSCO Publishing which covers hundreds of journals and includes articles on topics such as e-commerce and information management

Course location

The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to software companies and a constant exchange of ideas and people.


The David Goldman Informatics Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree in a computing or IT discipline.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.


The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

The number of ICT managers in the UK is forecast to grow from 285,000 in 2011 to 337,000 by 2020, according to e-skills UK. This growth will underpin continuing demand for graduates from our Masters course. 

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge for employment in any organisation with an IT department. The top sectors that employ IT professionals are:

  • Computer & related
  • Financial
  • Telecommunications
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Health and social work

Potential roles include:

  • Project leader
  • Departmental manager
  • Consultant
  • Freelancer

Salaries in information technology management range up to around £55,000 per year at senior levels, with potential for higher salaries depending on the situation.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

Representatives from Accenture, GE & Huntsman talk about employment opportunities and recruiting University of Sunderland graduates:


Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Further support is provided by our technicians who help you make the most of the University’s equipment and software.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

"Studying at Sunderland, you will find a very strong focus on industry links and future employability."

Prof Alastair Irons


"Our courses are designed in collaboration with employers and we work hard to get the balance of theory and practice right in such a way that students are in a strong position to find quality employment when they complete their studies.

"All courses attract high quality external speakers who talk to students about their work, and the Department of Computing has very strong links with organisations like Microsoft, Cisco, SAP and Sony, as well as local employers such as Nissan.

"Students are encouraged to be enterprising and the Department of Computing has its own software hatchery where students are encouraged to establish their own software business."

Apply for this course

You can apply online using the link below.

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Gateway, City Campus, University of Sunderland

Contact Sunderland

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Telephone: 0191 515 3000 

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The details

Course Name Information Technology Management
Classification MSc
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 60 weeks
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 6 February 2017
16 October 2017
UK/EU Fee £4750
Intl Fee £11500

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in a computing or IT related discipline

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