Course overview

This Masters programme provides theoretical knowledge and practical methodologies and techniques via case studies and tutorials that enable students to specify and design technology solutions for business managers and organisations.


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You will learn about informatics, business systems, processes and architecture necessary to understand the digital business environment. Students develop analysis, problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills necessary for creating effective business solutions. Students also learn the consulting principles and behaviours necessary for consulting.

Business Problem Solving Experience

A one week residential course at our beautiful Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Thames enables students to experience our world-class executive training environment with other business executives and consultants.

A 10-12 week consulting project enables students to apply their knowledge to real-life cases in a structured and systematic manner, with many projects involving work with and for consulting organisations.

After you’ve graduated

Our graduates are pragmatic problem solvers able to bridge the gap between business and technology, who are often highly sought after by industry. Many of our graduates join consultancies or businesses as analysts, solution architects or project leaders.

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How we teach you

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Henley is renowned for its well-researched, professional approach to this aspect of business education and all our postgraduate courses examine this aspect of leadership. This creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form between 50 - 70% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term.

Ongoing support

While postgraduate students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your academic tutor can meet with you regularly to discuss any additional issues. Full-time support staff are also available to help with any questions or issues that may arise during your time at Henley.

How to apply

Apply for 2021 entry now

There are two different application processes: apply online and apply by post.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for our Masters courses is through the University of Reading’s online application service.

This allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information. It also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees. This enables the referees to send your supporting references directly to us.

Apply online

Apply online now using the University of Reading's online application system.

Apply by post

If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form by telephoning +44(0) 118 378 5289. Alternatively, you can apply by writing to the Admissions Office, University of Reading, Miller Building, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.

When to apply

We operate a rolling admissions system and it is recommended that you apply early to secure your place. There is no specific deadline and applications will be considered until the programme is full. However, to allow us time to process your application we recommend that you apply by the following dates:

  • UK/EU applicants: by 1 August
  • International applicants: by 1 June

After you apply

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application form. Your application is then reviewed by a member of staff. Successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter outlining any necessary entry cri­teria you will need to meet and you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of this offer.

If you require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your visa, details will be sent by email once all conditions of the offer have been met.

Throughout the admissions process we will keep you updated with key information via email. We also provide opportunities to interact with faculty and staff online.

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Meet Us

If you are unable to attend a postgraduate event please get in touch with our team. We will be happy to speak to you by telephone, Skype or through our Live Chat system (during UK office hours: 9 - 5 pm).

Our contact details are: postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 7593.

Please see our list of world fairs below where you can meet a Henley representative.

UK

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EUROPE

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ASIA

  • QS World Grad School Tour Online – Vietnam & Thailand

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  • QS World Grad School Tour Online – Indonesia

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  • QS World Grad School Tour Online - Japan

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  • QS World Grad School Tour Online - Philippines

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INDIA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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AFRICA

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AMERICAS

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

Important Information

Duration: 12 months full-time, 36 months part-time

Start: September 2021

Assessment: Exams, dissertation and individual and group assignments

Henley's Reputation:

  • Consistently maintain highest standards and with an excellent networking potential of over 80,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 250 universities worldwide*. Additionally, 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2018.

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

Modules Credits

Compulsory modules

Aims:
This module aims to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the nature, structure and function of information in the business domain. Students will gain knowledge of information requirements and presentation, working alongside users and subject specialists, to support their business functions. Through the course students will acquire the ability to plan, implement and evaluate IT-based solutions.

Outline content:

    • Understand the signs and types of signs (indices, icons and symbols) used in human communication and computer information systems, from semiotic and other relevant perspectives
    • Investigate the characteristics of organisational needs in the era of e-enterprise and the potential IT capabilities required to support business objectives and functions
    • Study the methods and techniques for aligning business and IT strategies, business and IT planning, requirements analysis and determination
    • Select appropriate theories, methods and techniques for application in the design and development of IT solutions

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module aims to teach the basic knowledge and techniques necessary for the design and modelling of enterprise architecture. It covers design, planning, implementation and governance of enterprise architecture to support a business strategy, using the Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF) as used by Capgemini. Workshops and practical case assessments based on real business examples enable students to use and develop their knowledge of enterprise architecture techniques and methods.

Outline content:

  • The module involves up to 10 team-based workshops and practical case assessments
  • Students tackle problems in order to use and develop their knowledge of enterprise architecture techniques and methods
  • Students are assessed on their ability to apply the relevant techniques, their teamwork, presentation and consulting interaction capabilities
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module is concerned with using a holistic approach to investigate and improve business situations, with a view to developing feasible business solutions to the problem domain. It aims to provide students with the theory and practice of capturing and analysing business needs in relation to organisational contexts, business strategies, stakeholders, and business processes. Methods and techniques for articulation and evaluation of business needs will be introduced.

Outline content:

  • Rationale for business analysis and requirements
  • Organisational, social and cultural impacts on business domain analysis
  • Strategy and stakeholder analysis
  • Business systems analysis/modelling
  • Business process analysis/modelling
  • Managing change
  • Making a business case

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module develops knowledge and skills in the use of consulting tools for enterprise modelling and analysis. It is taught in three key parts, which include frequent tutorials, examples and a case study developed in conjunction with Capgemini consultants. This three-part approach welds business and technology techniques with consulting methods to enable students to both identify and resolve current and future issues affecting organisations.

Outline content:

  • Part 1 addresses the theory of consulting, consulting structure, generic consulting methods and tools
  • Part 2 focuses on understanding and applying examples of specific framework tools and techniques, building on IRC and Capgemini developed methods
  • Part 3 ‘consulting in practice’ involves case analysis and presentations by students to practicing consultants, applying relevant techniques to practical business-technology problems
  • Students undertake a team-based case study relating to actual consulting practice, led by practising consultants

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

The aim of the consulting project is to enable students to apply the knowledge gained from the taught modules to real-life cases in a structured and systematic manner. Projects are available from a variety of external consultancies and businesses, and appropriately qualified students may suggest projects related to their own business or company.

Outline content:

  • Mandatory one-day course – explains the content of the project and applicable research theory
  • Based on a topic of their choice, students apply business technology consulting concepts to create a pragmatic, yet theoretically supported solution to a real consulting problem
  • An academic supervisor and an industrial supervisor, if the project is with a consultancy or business, guide the student in terms of academic rigour and solution requirements respectively.
  • The student specifies the business problem, its analysis and the development and synthesis of a solution based on the requirements of the industrial supervisor who owns the problem.
40 [20 ECTS credits]

This module develops critical digital knowledge and skills in digital concepts, leadership, teambuilding, capability and change planning and control to support the development of a digital technology solutions in businesses. It integrates leadership and e-leadership principles with a knowledge of digital technology and the practice of leading digital solution approaches and teams in a variety of leadership types at strategic level required by a business or consulting client. It provides appropriate capability and analysis tools and techniques to enable students to identify, manage and resolve digital leadership and supporting digital technology issues and enables the development of appropriate digital leadership approaches necessary to support digital business technology and related consulting situations.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Optional modules

In addition students must choose two optional modules from the list below.

Aims:
This module aims to enable students to understand management theories and project management practices such as Agile and PRINCE2. Students will be able to carry out project planning with different methods, and incorporate risk management and quality control techniques. Students will also be able to understand the characteristics of IT projects and improve the success rate of project management.

Outline content:

    • Theories and principles of project management
    • Project management in organisations
    • Methodologies (e.g. Agile and PRINCE2) for project management
    • Project planning and delivery (e.g., estimating, scheduling, resourcing, and monitoring)
    • Risk management
    • Quality control mechanisms

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module is concerned with how business intelligence and data mining techniques can be used for managerial decision-making. It aims to provide students with the essential data mining and knowledge representation techniques used to transform data into business intelligence. Application areas covered in this module include marketing, customer relationship management, risk management, personalisation, etc.

Outline content:

  • Concepts of business intelligence and data mining
  • Overview of various data mining techniques
  • Types of data, data cleaning, data integration and transformation, data reduction
  • Classification and predictive modelling
  • Cluster analysis for generating patterns of data and structuring business intelligence
  • Association rule mining and market-basket analysis
  • Business intelligence implementation, integration and emerging trends
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

Given the availability of large amount of both structured and unstructured data in business, there is a need for organisations to assess how effectively Big Data can be utilised for business. The aim of this module is to evaluate the business value in utilising Big Data and develop information management solutions with an appreciation of business analytics methods and technologies.

Outline content:

  • Business opportunity in the era of Big Data – case studies
  • Business analysis for big data and business intelligence
  • Methods, techniques and tools for Big Data
  • Data and information management for Big Data
  • Big Data visualisation
  • Developing a Big Data strategy
  • Professional, leadership and ethical issues in Big Data solutions
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Enterprise Systems (i.e. ERP, CRM, SCM and KMS) are used to reinforce the efficiency and productivity of businesses, however implementation failure-rates remains high. This module helps students to understand the organisational and business impact of using Enterprise Systems, the potential role of Enterprise Systems in organisational transformation and change, and highlights the benefit and risk aspects involved in systems implementation.

Outline content

• Understand Enterprise System solutions;

• Appreciation of Enterprise Systems implementation methodologies;

• Understand business risk factors, and how such risks can be minimised;

• Appreciating the impact of Enterprise Systems on stakeholder relationships;

• Consider the business benefit of integrating business functions; • Understanding the business conflict involved in process reengineering and customisation.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is concerned with the use of existing and cutting-edge technologies and innovations to provide digital business solutions for businesses. It focuses on values-based innovation, digital business ecosystems and platform ecosystems, and employs the emerging service science and service logic/thinking approaches to the development of the digital business solutions. It covers innovations in processes, products, technology, services, and business models, as well as methods and models to create new business value in highly competitive and technology-rich environments.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Information is everywhere – but how should we use it? This module is about using information to make decisions which steer an organisation effectively.

Digitalisation and globalisation have created tidal waves of data and globe-spanning organisations. The result is that it is hard to know what information to use to make decisions and hard to know what the consequences of our decisions are. Organisational dynamics – what could happen as time rolls forward - are hard to understand, hard to anticipate. Whilst all managers know that their organisations are complex, inter-connected things, they lack the cognitive ability to activate this knowledge when making hard choices.

This module provides a set of systems tools for individuals and management teams to use which help improve thinking about organisational change and policy interventions, and so create and steer organisations of all types.

The examples studied range across countries and sectors and the module draws significantly on the research and practical experience of the Convenor.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

This module introduces key concepts, techniques, and tools for business data analytics. Data analytics is a fundamental tool for any organisations to make strategic use of their data assets and enable data-driven decision making. The module will cover concepts in data management, basic statistics and analytics, as well as tools used in business data analytics.

Outline Content:

  • Data analytics and data-driven decision making
  • Descriptive analytics
  • Data visualisation principles
  • Tools for data visualisation
  • Predictive analytics
  • Advanced tools for data analytics
  • Principles of databases
  • Data management
  • Programming for data analytics
  • Data analytics solutions development
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module focuses on knowledge and hands on skills to leverage information technology, data analytics and machine learning skills in healthcare service delivery, clinical research, hospital operational management and public health. The students will have blended learning experience including in-class lectures, machine learning and data analytics exercise as well as case studies from NHS hospitals, community and social care organisations, local authority and companies who provide digital health and data analytics solutions, in UK and internationally.

20 [10 ECTS credits]
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Fees & funding

Full Time Fees:

UK/HomeOverseas
2021 Entry£12,550£20,000

Part time Fees:

UK/HomeOverseas
2021 Entry£6,600£10,300
The part-time fees quoted above are for the September 2021 academic year. Fees for the second year of the programme will remain fixed at this rate if study is completed within the normal duration of the programme. No fees are payable for the third year of registration on the programme. This only applies to part time students who commence the studies after 2021/22.

UK/Home Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £11,222 are available to eligible students studying for postgraduate Masters courses from the 2021-2022 Academic year. In general, students need to be domiciled in England.

You can apply for a loan through the UK Government website. You can read more about the scheme on the Student Loans Company website or on these two UK Government sites: Introduction of loans for postgraduate students and Government response to the Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree, or equivalent, from an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline, plus experience in industry where possible.

Academic requirements

Entry Requirement Criteria
Undergraduate degree Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an Internationally recognised university
Degree discipline Any discipline

See  country and region-specific information and entry requirements for International applicants  or please contact us with any questions.

English Language Requirements

Studying in a second language can be challenging. If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask for evidence of proficiency. Alternatively, we may ask you to attend an English language course before you begin your studies with us.

  • We require an International English Language Test Scores (IELTS) score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any sub-skills.
  • We now accept Duolingo scores for 2021 entry. Students are required to have a score of 120 with no subscore less than 95 (with recommendation to take 2 week pre-enrolment support course). With a Pre-sessional English Course we offer: 115 plus 6 week Course, or 110 plus 9 week Course.

Our International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) offers a comprehensive range of Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses. We encourage all students who have not lived or studied in an English-speaking country before to register for one.Students completing the above mentioned pre-sessional courses would be allowed entry onto their chosen programme after achieving an overall score of 6.5 with scores of no less than 5.5 in each of the four sub-skills

Equivalent English Language Qualifications will also be accepted. If you require specific advice on your qualification please contact our admissions office directly either by e-mail at pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 118 378 5289.

UK visa requirements

  • If you are not a national of the European Union (EU), it is likely that you will need to obtain a UK visa to live and study in the UK before you travel. See the UK Border Agency website. Contact the University's International Office with any questions: intoff@reading.ac.uk.

New Graduate Route

From the summer of 2021, the UK's new Graduate Route post-study work visa allows you to apply to stay in the UK for up to two years after you graduate, with the opportunity to undertake skilled work. Visit the University website for the latest information.


Careers

How can Henley Careers work with you?

Here at Henley we have an award-winning careers team here to support you through your time here and four years after graduating from us.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments - Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s advice on your CV, practicing for an interview, looking at possible reasons why applications aren't being successful or support planning your career goals, we’re here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events - Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support - You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources for up to four years after you graduate to get help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart - Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learning about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK, where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different types of roles available to you.

For more information please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

The MSc Business Technology Consulting programme provides the foundations for a career in technology and management consultancy as well as the skills and behaviours necessary for analysing and solving the type of business and technology problems encountered by all major businesses. This course is a must for those interested in business problem-solving and consulting activities.

Many of our alumni have been recruited by management consultancies or analytical and consulting units of major businesses.

Accreditation Information

Successful completion on the compulsory module Business Domain and Requirements Analysis can lead to the BCS Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

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Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience, whether you are a prospective applicant or you've already applied for a place on a Masters programme at Henley Business School. For a unique insight into every aspect of life in the School and on campus, you can contact any of our students and alumni members below, via email, Skype or social media.

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