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Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons)

Information and Communication Technology draws on a wide range of academic disciplines, with a focus on understanding organisational, technical and business problems and searching for appropriate solutions in a global information and communication technology (ICT) environment.


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This course will provide you with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to create coherent information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and services.

Reasons to study Information and Communication Technology at De Montfort University:

  • 100 per cent graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months* working for companies such as Capita, Samsung and Leicestershire City Council
  • Gain an industry recognised skillset
    study towards a recognised qualification such as PRINCE2 project management and Information Technology Information Library (ITIL)
  • Over 50 years of computing experience
    this long-standing history allows us to draw on research and academic expertise allowing us to inform our teaching
  • Academic excellence
    taught by experts who are researching at the forefront  of ICT, you will learn specialist skills which are widely applicable across most organisations, allowing you to enter a wide range of IT roles once you graduate
  • Industry-standard facilities
    our high-specification computing laboratories contain an advanced network of Windows and Linux workstations with multi-boot capabilities, helping you to develop your practical and professional skills 
  • Dedicated work Placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Customer Service Direct and Northamptonshire NHS Provider Services.
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

itil-logoUpon successful completion of this course, you will be part of a new generation of graduates with specialist ICT skills, which are widely applicable across most organisations. You will also attain leading project management qualifications in Prince 2 (Project Management) and ITIL Foundation (IT Service Management).

prince2-logoThe course concentrates on developing your ability to understand a client’s needs for information, systems and services, analysing their business, services and technology requirements and assembling the hardware, software and people resources to respond appropriately.

Technically, the emphasis is on the overall design of information systems, the creation of tailored web front-ends for systems and the linking of systems and resources together to create coherent ICT solutions and services. There is also a focus on the continuous delivery of quality ICT services within the organisation from a management point of view.

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15


"I gained many skills from this course and in general at DMU and my confidence also grew from being part of such a great environment. The lecturers I had were brilliant – they were all so passionate about their subject, it made the modules even more interesting."

Amy White, Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons) graduate



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Foundation Year in Computing


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: HG64

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further studyWe are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: HG64

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and MathematicsGCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to ICT - Initially this module explores the context of computing, starting with your own experience and then explores issues, conflicts and social changes brought about by ICT. The purpose of the module is to create a foundational understanding of the relevance of ICT which will inspire you to pursue more detailed studies
  • Information Systems Development - This module gives you an insight into the many tasks that must be carried out during the development of a modern information system. The intention of this module is to provide you with a practical, integrated overview of the Information Systems (IS) development process, from project selection and inception, through to the capture and analysis of user requirements and then finally the design and production of a simple prototype system that satisfies those requirements
  • Visual Web Development (C#) - This module introduces the fundamentals of programming, and aims to provide you with a sufficiently detailed, generally applicable background in programming. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary
  • Mathematics and Business Management - This module introduces the basic techniques for data collection, summary and presentation. You will develop an understanding of basic concepts associated with the analysis and interpretation of statistical data, and use a variety of relevant software such as Minitab, Excel, and The Management Scientist
  • Devices and Networks - You will learn about computing fundamentals from data representation to computer components, covering theoretical and practical aspects including desktop virtualization, mobile computing, traditional PCs, thin clients, and cloud services.

Second year

Core modules:

  • Management of ICT - This module explores the wide variety of issues and technologies encountered by ICT managers within user organisations. The module covers structural, procession and contextual areas concerning ICT within organisations. The recurring theme is one of the professional support of ICT functions
  • ITIL IT Service Management - This module is an extensive introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the industry framework for IT Service Management. You will be able to understand the ITIL service lifecycle and its key components, holding the knowledge necessary to pass the ITIL V3 Foundation Certificate examination - a qualification recognised throughout the world and in addition to this degree
  • Systems Thinking - This module introduces the key concepts and tools for engaging in systems thinking in an organisation. Its critical purpose is to enable you to think in a holistic manner which treats an organisation as a whole, and enables an understanding to develop complex activity systems within which ICT systems develop and reside
  • Project Management and Development - This module will take the form of a taught project module; as part of a development team, you will be required to further develop your skills as a professional computing practitioner in programming, database design, system analysis, and systems design
  • Database Design - An essential skill for the computer professional is to be able to design and implement a database in order to meet client requirements. During this module you will be provided with an introduction to data modelling, using commercially realistic scenarios, which are then implemented using SQL with database management systems such as Oracle, MySQL  or Microsoft SQL Server
  • Introduction to Research and Ethics - This module will develop your research skills related to identifying relevant literature from a variety of sources, critically analysing academic and non-academic texts, and justifying a set of research or development questions in a particular topic area.


Third year

Core modules:

  • Computing Project - The final year project provides you with the opportunity to carry out a significant piece of work involving critical analysis and reflection to provide an effective solution to a given technical and/or research-based problem
  • Computing Ethics – The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the concepts of ethics in the context of IT, IS, Software Engineering and other related disciplines. It considers in detail how the development of systems might encompass computer ethics
  • Information Systems Strategy and Services - This module takes a service view of information systems in which the IS departments role concerns the provision of services and support for the information technology (IT) function. The subject area is considered in the context of a business environment where many IT services are provided by third parties and managed through contracts

Optional modules:

  • Systems Building: Methods and Management - This module covers two important aspects of Information Systems Development; the selection and evaluation of methodologies and the management of the Systems Development process. A variety of ISD paradigms and methodologies will be considered, including 'hard' approaches, both Object-Oriented and Structured, 'soft' and participative approaches, and 'heavyweight' and 'agile' methodologies
  • Database Management - Following the year 2 modules on databases and computer programming, this module will provide you with further training on the essentials of advanced database management and programming, developing the skills of producing a user defined data type from a business perspective to meet stated requirements using realistic scenarios
  • Data Mining - Data mining is fast becoming essential to the modern competitive business world. This module aims to review the methods available for uncovering important information from large data sets in order to discuss the techniques and when and how to use them effectively. The module uses the data mining tool SAS Enterprise Miner
  • Project Management PRINCE2 - This module examines the life cycle model applicable to projects, including traditional, evolutionary, prototyping and DSDM models. The generic life cycle model of 4Ds: Define, Design, Do and Develop will be central in the module, in conjunction with analysis of real world projects
  • Research Methods - This module will provide you with a grounding in the essentials of research methods and methodologies, for example the different characteristics and aims of quantitative versus qualitative research. It will develop your ability to consider the stages of research, in line with a Final Year Project; pilot different methodologies such as questionnaires and interviews, and give you the skills to apply these to your original research

You will be taught by experts who are experienced in the areas of ICT professionalism, services and software practice. Teaching takes place through sessions in state-of-the-art computing laboratories, tutorials, lectures and self-directed study.

In the first year, you will develop your skills and understanding of information system design, business IT and the creative employment of visual web and internet technologies. You will also develop business information presentations and gain an understanding of the social and technical components of ICT. 


The second year focuses in more detail on business ICT and methods of rapidly developing information systems. You will also explore the management of ICT in organisations. 

The final year develops your analytical, reporting and presentation skills with a practical project that tackles a business problem of ICT delivery, implementation or support.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.



Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

The Computer Science laboratories include a study space area, in which you can work individually or in groups.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work started in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

You will graduate with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a variety of ICT roles within public sector, private sector and voluntary organisations. Examples of suitable roles include: IT project manager, IT services manager, project analyst, IT infrastructure manager, project coordinator and operations manager.

Our graduates are highly sought after due to their diverse-skills set and specialist ICT knowledge. Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including GlaxoSmithKline, TNT and Caterpillar.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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