Master of Information Leadership
This new post-experience executive interdisciplinary Masters course focuses on the development of future information leaders: those with responsibility for the information function in industry and government.
The Master of Information Leadership supports your progression from a mid-career information professional to a leadership role. The course will equip you to undertake executive information roles including CIO, CTO, Business Change Director, Knowledge Director, Chief Librarian etc. The MIL is built from the ground up to address these aspirations: information leaders are involved in the design and teaching of the MIL.
The challenges that information leaders face cross traditional disciplines; the role is more than purely technological or managerial: it also brings in issues from law and social sciences. Generalist management offerings such as MBAs do not cover the specific range of skills needed.
The MIL degree is designed to ensure that you will learn high-value material right from the start that improves your effectiveness in your current role. Exposure to best practice in areas such as service delivery, vendor management, strategy, governance, portfolio management, security and risk will enhance your capability and value in your organisation and the wider employment marketplace.
Information leaders earn credibility with their organisations by consistent delivery of effective information projects and services. The focus of the MIL on delivery, cost-effectiveness and making the case for information as a transformational force helps you build this credibility and influence in your organisation.
The MIL will also provide you access to a network of not only other aspiring information leaders, but also a range of experts, CIOs, CTOs and related professionals who contribute to the course.
The MIL is a taught programme delivered by academic and industry practitioners. There are eight taught modules:
- The Information Leader in Organisations
- The Information Leader in Society
- Strategy and Governance
- Service Management and Delivery
- Portfolio, Programme and Project Delivery
- Information Security and Risk
- Information Law and Compliance
- Innovation, Transformation and Change
They are supplemented by a 30-credit Professional and Leadership Development module addressing the need for information leaders to exhibit wider high-level skills in negotiation, influencing and leadership.
The MIL culminates in a 60 credit Individual Project that allows you to demonstrate your understanding applied to a 'real-world' project.
Delivery and Assessment
The MIL is part-time over 28 months. We understand the demands of your professional life. The MIL is delivered over part-time 10 weekends each year, so allowing you to fit it in with your work commitments. You will get seminar presentations from experts within City and the CIO community to provide a theoretical underpinning, and how information leaders put this into practice. Each weekend will also feature a practical group task to give you a firm grounding of the issues covered.
You will be supported between the study weekends by online tutorials, discussion boards and a dedicated course director to assist you with a take-home assignment to complete for the next weekend.
The MIL is delivered in central London - Europe's IT capital - making it a convenient venue for professionals who may have to work on multiple sites
You will normally be the possession of at least an upper second UK honours degree or equivalent. In addition you will have at least three years in an experienced business-facing information role (equivalent to SFIA 5/CITP), e.g. senior information manager, senior IT consultant.
If your first language is not English, you will be expected to present IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
The fee for the entire course is £30,000; the same for Home/EU and Overseas students. As this course is part-time it is not eligible for student visas.