A number of employers have teamed with universities to create a masters degree in IT.
BT, Microsoft, and EDS have collaborated the Higher Education Funding Council to produce a new IT masters aimed at plugging the current skills gap in the UK.
Pat Hughes, the director of education at BT, commented on the benefits of the course for graduates.
"It is adding the wider business skills, the kind of thing undergraduates tend not to get in their undergraduate programme. It is a way of accelerating people through to a higher level of professional competence," he remarked.
The sector skills council, e-Skills, noted that the new masters was necessary to replace the lack of entry-level IT jobs in the UK since outsourcing to Asia has become more popular.
IT professionals now earn an average salary of £38,577 in London, CV Screen revealed recently.