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Guide to studying Information Technology & Systems

Study Information Technology & Systems, and you'll already be heading down a lucrative and exciting career path.

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  1. What's Information Technology & Systems?

  2. Why study Information Technology & Systems?

  3. What jobs can you get as an Information Technology & Systems graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?
  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Information Technology & Systems?

Information management is a cycle: the acquisition of information, the custodianship and the distribution of that information, and its ultimate removal, either into archives or by being deleted.

A degree in Information Technology & Systems will help you understand this cycle and show you how to interpret complex computer systems for business and organisational use.

Similar courses for Information Technology & Systems include: 

  • Information Services
  • Librarianship
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Management
  • Systems Auditing

Why study Information Technology & Systems?

Information managers have to be meticulous and precise in organising, researching, analysing and caring for books, data or other information. Through a degree, you'll learn specialist skills and critical practices for use in both historical and modern contexts.

Read our five reasons to study Information Technology & Systems for more information on why you might choose to study this subject area. 

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What jobs can you get as an Information Technology & Systems graduate?

Degrees teach transferable skills such as presentation, research, communication, discipline and organisation – all valuable to a future career.

Particular job areas include in IT, libraries, retail, sales, publishing, teaching, charity work, social work and social care, authorship, journalism and PR.

Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as CILIP.

What qualifications do you need? 

Subject and grade requirements depend on the university. Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

  • BSc Information Management and Business
  • BA Digital Media and Information Studies
  • BA Library Management
  • BSc Information Science

How will you be assessed?

Modules are usually assessed by a combination of exams and coursework with various weightings. Work placements can be organised through the departments, and the final year usually includes a dissertation module, requiring an essay of over 10,000 words.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include a straight MA in Information Technology and master's courses in Archive Administration, Records Management, Information Science, Network Security and Library Studies.

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