MSc Business Transformation

Business Transformation

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Master's
Full time
1 year
Location
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

The newly devised master’s in business transformation delivered at our Berlin campus has been developed for professionals who want to lead and manage change that advances operational success in the digital economy. 

The course will help you gain the specialised skills required to apply the latest technologies to enable and transform business operations, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data sets, the internet of things, and the artificial intelligence internet of things. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of change management theory and practice in today’s digitally disrupted business world, as well as how integrating digital capabilities can support digital business transformations across the global industry.

You’ll also be introduced to state-of-the-art software platforms such as Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, and SPSS, helping you become proficient in some of the most relevant technologies used by disruptive organisations today.  

By the end of the course, you’ll have developed the skills to lead and manage teams successfully, particularly when making the transition from a traditional to agile working environment. This, combined with your knowledge of how to implement new technologies to enhance organisational efficiency and customer experience, will give you a powerful, modern skillset sought after by leading employers in an exciting range of industries.
 

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Course details and modules

The MSc Business Transformation will engage and inspire you through course modules that have been devised by our experienced business practitioners to give your studies a ‘real world’ focus. You’ll learn to use leading software applications that are now commonly utilised to promote business efficiency in the digital economy, including Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, SPSS, and more.  

You’ll be encouraged to work closely with your peers on the course, exchanging your professional experiences to learn and grow as a group. This will help you establish a network of fellow professionals with whom you can continue to build inspiring relationships long after your degree comes to a close. 

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  • Contemporary Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Managing User And Customer Experience (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Analysing Big Data (20 credits)   
  • Agile Methodologies In The Digital Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Business Transformation Project (60 credits)
  • Managing Cloud Based Business Solutions (20 credits)
  • Designing Global Network, Distribution and Fulfilment Systems (20 credits)

*The order and availability of the optional modules within each level may vary depending on intake and subject to demand.

How do we assess you?

Assessments

Unlike on more traditional business degrees, you won’t be sitting any exams on this course. Assessments on the MSc Business Transformation have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-word scenarios. This means you’ll have the opportunity to align your studies to how you’ll help transform your organisation’s operations and functions once you have completed the course. 

Practice-driven

Your course assessments will be practice-driven, focusing on your experience as an industry practitioner while encouraging peer-to-peer sharing and ideation. This modern approach will encourage you to apply your knowledge to organisational challenges systematically and with an in-depth awareness of what is at stake. 

Business Transformation Project

The MSc Business Transformation concludes with an independent study assessment which forms the Business Transformation Project module. You’ll identify an area of business transformation which is of interest to you and then apply your own research and discoveries to the topic, building upon your learning from previous course modules and developing a managerial transformation plan related to your own organisation, or one you are familiar with.

Other assessment methods

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning through additional assessments including:

Reflective analyses
Strategic plans
Negotiated assessments
Digital business analyses
Software appraisals 
Development of digital strategies

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. The course is also available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere or worldwide. 

Abdulrahaman Usman

As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration

Full time study in Berlin

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our online learning platform and university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study your degree successfully when you’re away from campus. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully.
 
Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Please note: our campus classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted. 

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Part time online learning

How does it work?

Studying the MSc Business Transformation online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Distance learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our MSc Business Transformation, we need to see that you have:

  • A first degree or equivalent at 2:2 level or above. 
  • Candidates who lack formal qualifications but possess at least five years relevant experience at managerial level will also be considered.

We also consider applications from candidates who lack formal qualifications but possess at least five years of relevant managerial experience in any discipline.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 60-78; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

The skills you gain on this course will be transferable to the public and private sector, so the opportunities are endless. Your MSc Business Transformation will give you the skills you need to demonstrate senior-level leadership, enhancing your CV for current and future employers.

What will the MSc Business Transformation do for me?

You’ll graduate from the course with hands-on experience across a suite of software, giving you the practical tools you need to power the successful digital transformation of organisations. You’ll also have refreshed and expanded your knowledge of business fundamentals and change management, all within a real-world context. Due to this focus on the practical application of your syllabus, you’ll find that the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained is valuable across diverse professional roles.

This course is your opportunity to develop:

●    The ability to confidently evaluate digital transformation solutions and their best uses
●    Skills in dandling and analysing big data
●    Skills in the real world to your current and future work environment
●    An understanding of the role that key software packages can play in contemporary business

What can I do after Arden University?

The MSc Business Transformation will help you develop the right skills and knowledge to accelerate your career to a senior leadership role in change, transformation, or business management. Whether you want to join or continue working for an already established business, start your own company, or become a consultant, the course will give you everything you need to explore multiple career paths. Some roles you may want to consider after graduation include: 

  • Change Manager
  • HR Director
  • Chief Technological Officer
  • Project Director
  • Project Executive
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Technical Project Lead
  • Business Manager 

Industry skills

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Prepare for the next step in your career

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with like-minded professionals across diverse sectors. 
As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 
As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.  

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn. 

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.