New masters degree for IT business skills

Brunel University has launched a workplace-skills master's programme, teaching IT professionals to apply practical skills to real-life business situations.

Brunel University has launched a workplace-skills master's programme, teaching IT professionals to apply practical skills to real-life business situations.

The University's School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics has partnered with insurance company AXA UK to develop the master's course, called Information and Communication Technology in Business.

The programme is designed to teach IT professionals how to contribute to innovation and business.

The need for better business skills has been high on the agenda for many IT professionals, especially those in higher level positions such as Chief Information Officers. Brunel University said business skills are increasingly important, with 98% of business leaders saying they see IT as strategically important to the future success of their business according to a survey by PWC.

The three-week course requires students to attend four one-week learning courses. The rest of the learning is done in the work-place.

Mark Lycett, deputy head of the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, said, "Information and communication technologies are fundamental to the business environment, but their role in achieving sustainable competitive advantage requires smart thinking and understanding of the business if they are to be truly transformational. This course is designed to give IT professionals the skills they need to achieve this."

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