The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 2 years
Start date: Awarding body: University of Essex Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358

As more enterprise businesses become digitalised, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the competition. Learn the skills to do so in our 100% online PG Dip Enterprise IT Management. 

This course cleverly combines business strategy with technical expertise, while helping you discover the skills to make your business more digital. Not only will you learn about IT service management and cyber security, but the unique combination of business and IT within the course will also help strengthen your organisation. 

On successful completion of the PG Dip Enterprise IT Management, you can progress on to study the full MSc Enterprise IT Management (180 credits).  

Why we’re great

  • 3 in 5 students said studying with us had a positive impact on their career (based on 2021 survey of active students with University of Essex Online). 
  • You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods including team projects, discussion forums and an e-portfolio of work, with no need for exams. 
  • Receive a qualification from a top 30 UK university (Complete University Guide 2025). 

The PG Dip Enterprise IT Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Gain a thorough introduction to the underpinning concepts and skills of Enterprise Information Technology. From risk management to software and systems management, you’ll explore the full gamut of enterprise management processes – while learning how to apply frameworks, standards and models such as Agile and ITIL.  

What are the underpinning concepts of information security and risk management? Find out in this engaging module. The content is based on mapping information security and risk management roles onto a number of security models – while giving you an insight into security and governance principles and standards.  

What are the core principles of Information Technology Service Management (ITSM)? Find out in this informative module. Learn all about change, incident, risk and configuration management, and discover how to map ITSM to common enterprise standards such as ITIL, TOGAF, COBIT and DevOps.

Discover the concepts which underpin Information Technology Project Management (ITPM) in this essential module. From resource management to project planning and estimation, you’ll explore the full range of project management principles. What’s more, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the monitoring, estimating and forecasting techniques within ITPM and apply common project management approaches such as Agile, Waterfall and PRINCE2.  

Businesses must remain competitive and sustainable, which is why this module provides a strong understanding of how big data is harnessed in business. You’ll also gain a strategic insight into how enterprise-based systems leverage the use of data for strategic purposes – helping businesses stay ahead of the game through value creation using Business Intelligence (BI) and automation tools.  

Discover why cloud computing is so important in this exciting module. You’ll explore a range of cloud computing tools for scripting, GUI design and data analysis – before learning how to deploy these applications and services. Not only that, you’ll also learn about hybrid cloud, edge and fog computing, as well as emerging trends in the industry.  

Gain confidence in your critical appraisal of the professional, legal, social, cultural and ethical issues that affect computing professionals. In this valuable module, youll gain a practical foundation in research methods that will enable you to conduct research in practical settings.

Teaching methods 

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.  

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you’ll have access to your study materials 24/7, including:  

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments 
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students 
  • live seminars and Q&A sessions with your tutors 
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals  
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team 



You’ll be assessed through a series of assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, delivering live presentations or by submitting longer written pieces. 

We’re committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback in the following ways: 

  • our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent 
  • you’ll always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme 
  • you’ll be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log into the learning platform 
  • there’s a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work 
  • you’ll have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise 


Online learning experience 

Your learning experience will be fully supported by high-quality learning materials and resources, delivered via our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE).  

On average, your learning experience will include the following: 

  • directed learning (40%) this includes participating in tutor-led discussions and seminars, completing interactive exercises on the VLE, and watching videos and lecturecasts. You’ll also be able to book appointments with your module tutor during their office hours, which can be found on the VLE 
  • self-directed learning (30%) – including undertaking wider reading and research in your area of study to develop your understanding of the subject area 
  • assessment (30%) time spent preparing and completing assignments and activities that contribute towards your overall assessment 

Typically, you’ll need to dedicate a minimum 15-20 hours of study per module, per week. 


Study duration 

Our PG Dip Enterprise IT Management has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.  

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.  

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.  

All our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.  

On successful completion of your degree, you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus. 


Academic staff 

A quality teaching experience is at the heart of everything we do.  

The dedicated tutors who teach our course modules are subject matter experts, experienced academics and leading industry thought leaders. They play a vital role in ensuring the latest theories and areas of study are covered in our courses, and are proud to provide a high level of academic support. 

You can find more information on our key academic staff and their experience here. 


Quality and assurance  

We’re proud to provide a first-class education to students anywhere in the world and adhere to the strictest quality standards 

The University of Essex Online is a recognised member of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and registered with the Office for Students (OfS) 

All our degrees are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning, a world-leading education provider with over 15 years’ experience. 

On completion of the MSc Enterprise IT Management, you’ll have gained the knowledge to progress in many IT roles. These include project manager, analyst, engineer or administrator in digital transformation, cloud solutions or DevOps – or you may take on a position in governance, risk and compliance. Alternatively, you could continue in your current role with a greater insight into the IT challenges facing your organisation, whether they be big or small. 


Gaining a postgraduate qualification with the University of Essex Online also puts you in good stead for your career prospects. Results from our 2021 student survey showed: 

  • 92% of students said their course helped develop their research skills 
  • 89% of students say their studies fit with their future plans 
  • Almost 60% said their studies had a positive effect on their career 
  • 1 in 4 students saw their salaries increase by up to 10% 

We know many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses. That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements. 

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within the two-week induction period of the course to continue with your studies.


Academic entry route

To satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip Enterprise IT Management, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum: 

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification 


Work experience entry route

At least three years’ relevant IT or computer science work experience. 


English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency is required in this language. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.  

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. 

Full tuition fee: 
£8,111 UK / £8,285 International (2023-24) Δ 
£8,314 UK / £8,700 International (2024-25) Δ

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England. 
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies. 
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront. 
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK. 
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online. 


Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here. 

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students. 

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course. We think you’ll love it, but if within the first 21 days you decide it’s not for you, you’ll receive a full refund. 

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Dip Enterprise IT Management are true experts in the field. 

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