Taught course

IT Consultancy

University of Kent · School of Computing

Entry requirements

A first, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree (or the equivalent) in any subject. Applicants must have a keen interest in, and sufficient prior knowledge of, information technology (which need not have been gained via formal academic study).

Months of entry


Course content

Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment.

In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships.

As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ.

We provide an extensive support framework for our research students and encourage involvement in the international research community.

While studying taught Master’s, you can gain work experience through our industrial placement scheme or with the Kent IT Clinic, which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region.We have strong links with industry including Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and are among the top ten in the UK for graduate employment prospects.

This programme is available with an optional industrial placement (or may be combined with a Pre-Master's course to form an International Master's programme).

This unique course prepares graduates for a career in IT consultancy, particularly in relation to small and medium enterprise (SME) clients. It includes practical work experience in a real consultancy business, the Kent IT Clinic (KITC). The course may appeal to graduates seeking a career in consultancy, or to practising consultants wishing to round out their skills and achieve formal academic recognition.

All taught Master's programmes at Canterbury are available with an optional industrial placement or may be combined with a Pre-Master's course to form an International Master's programme.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations23
Written coursework / continuous assessment44

Course contact details

School of Computing (subject enquiries)
+44 (0)1227 764000