Computing with Management

BSc, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to learn how to understand and solve complex computing problems, as well as develop a good understanding of businesses, management techniques, and organisations.

Course Description

The BSc in Computing with Management is offered in conjunction with the University's School of Business, responding to demands from many organisations and companies - from all sectors of the economy - for graduates who have a good understanding of management techniques in addition to a strong technical background in IT.

This course combines strong technical IT skills with the management acumen necessary to apply it in everyday business. You will spend about one third of your time studying organisational and management theories and practices, and the rest on computer studies. This will help you to keep the broader elements of business in mind while learning about the core concepts of computing.

The Department of Informatics at Leicester is young, dynamic and takes a scientific and rigorous approach to computing. We recognise that computing is a vibrant and diverse discipline that ranges from the management and architecture of global IT projects, through to the scientific development of innovative theories and technologies. With such variety we will help you to build on your strengths and interests, whether they lie in creativity, inventiveness, scientific problem-solving, or applying business sense and organisation.

Project work forms a vital part of your understanding and is seen as highly desirable by employers. Second year projects will teach you the demands of working in a professional environment as you work to deliver projects that are commissioned by real clients. In your final year, you will take a project into your own hands, exercising your creativity and innovation to design a solution and applying all that you have been taught to deliver it.

At Leicester we approach management and organisation so far as it affects not only upon the lives of managers, but also the lives or more or less everyone. We are known for the ‘Leicester Model’ of management studies – an approach that challenges the status quo and seeks to give voice to those individuals, groups and societies who are traditionally overlooked in global management and organisational processes. With our distinctive approach to the study of management, you can be certain that we will provide you with a wealth of exciting learning experiences.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS codes
G4N1, G4NF, G4NG
Start date
September 2017
Informatics, School of Business

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3887 or 2129

School of Informatics website

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Why Leicester?

The Students' Union Computing Society organises a range of events including educational talks and social outings.

In the second-year group project you will get the experience of working in a software development team and delivering a solution to a real client.

Our labs are open 24/7 with fully networked Windows/Linux dual-boot PCs and Macs and wireless access.

The British Computer Society funds an award for the most promising first year student.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will study the foundations of both management and computing and discover how the two complement one another. You will spend about a third of your study time learning about the fundamentals of marketing and the principles of management, and the other two thirds on computer science modules that provide a good grounding in the technologies that underpin computing. You will cover Java programming and program development environments, along with database systems and internet technologies.


At the end of Year 1 you can, if you wish, transfer to the BSc in Computing.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You will develop on your fundamental understanding and begin to look into applying your developing IT skills in a professional environment.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose either Business and Financial Computing or Multimedia and Computer Graphics

Then choose either Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Practice or Stock Market Analysis and Equity Valuation

In the second year project, you will be part of a team of students working together to develop software that has been commissioned by a real client. You will learn to work with, and manage, a team. Each team works within a teaching framework, broad enough to allow you to work flexibly and innovatively, but moderated to ensure that teams are performing and progressing. You will learn to prepare written reports, and give a group presentation (these are skills that employers rate very highly).

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Year Abroad

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Informatics at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

The Department of Informatics also has links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Year in Industry

An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment - and will normally be a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of the extra year. Industrial placements are limited and are awarded through a competitive selection process, based on your performance in your first year.

During your placement you will be visited by your personal tutor and will also come back to the University to give a brief presentation of your work experience. You will be provided with a log book to document your placement and will write a final report detailing your work, which will be assessed as part of your degree.

We provide excellent careers support, and our Industrial Advisory Board assists us in keeping our degrees fit for satisfying industrial needs. A year in industry is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the type of profession that you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you strengthen the profile that you have identified for your career.

Your placement effectively begins in year two when you will be briefed in writing a CV, interview techniques and the procedures that you need to follow to obtain an industrial placement. In addition, a list of potential industrial partners who have taken students in past years will be provided to you.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

This is your opportunity to decide which of the two major themes of the degree to pursue further. Option modules are available in both management and computing, allowing you to pursue advanced knowledge in both areas.

Core module

  • Strategy

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

    Plus your Computing with Management Project

    Previous projects have included:

    • 3-D games
    • mobile phone/tablet apps
    • security software
    • internet telephony
    • programming robots

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Additional Information

    All of our computing degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

    Teaching and Assessment

    Teaching in the Department of Informatics includes lectures and lab classes together with small group tutorials. Lectures include innovative software demonstrations as well as more traditional presentations.

    State-of-the-art web-based materials, automated feedback and marking systems, on-line tests and electronic coursework submission all provide an excellent modern learning environment. Apart from project work, which is assessed by coursework only, all modules are assessed partly by coursework and partly by exam.

    You will be assigned your own personal tutor who can provide advice about not just academic matters but also welfare concerns and careers development. You can see your personal tutor at any time by appointment or during office hours.

    Entry Requirements

    • A/AS-levels: BBB (ABB for Year in Industry). Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
    • EPQ with A-levels: BBC (BBB for Year in Industry) + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
    • GCSE: Maths Grade C, English Language Grade C
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28-30 depending on degree.
    • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with D*D*D*

    Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

    Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

    Selection Process

    Applicants are not normally interviewed, but an additional assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department of Informatics.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

    Countries list

    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2017

      An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans has been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18. 

      After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

      (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.) 

    • Starting in 2017

      • £18,855 per year
      • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be £2,828.25 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

    Career Opportunities

    Many of our modules feature external speakers who are able to give first-hand accounts of how the latest computing innovations are used in industry.

    You will work on a project commissioned by a real client and gain an insight into the practices of design, implementation and professional project management. You will be taught how to specify, design and develop software systems, gaining the technical skills and insights that employers value very highly.

    Graduates from the Department of Informatics have gone on to many different careers, whether working for large companies, such as Accenture, BAE systems, Bloomberg and LogicaCMG, or for small, innovative start-ups. You may go on to apply your knowledge directly as a software engineer or systems analyst – or you may apply your IT skills and problem-solving abilities in a related field such as finance, marketing or general business.


    Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
    Computing with Management BSc 3 years full-time G4N1 Apply Now
    Computing with Management with Year Abroad BSc 4 years full-time G4NF Apply Now
    Computing with Management with Year in Industry BSc 4 years full-time G4NG Apply Now
    Computing with Management
    3 years full-time
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    Computing with Management with Year Abroad
    4 years full-time
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    Computing with Management with Year in Industry
    4 years full-time
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