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Course Essentials

With the explosive presence of Big Data in modern business, employees with skills in data analytics is now essential for success. This course will prepare you with the relevant skills to maximise the opportunities that Big Data now offers, knowing how to approach data and ask the right questions. Learning to apply the principles of data handling to inform decision making will make you the glue that aligns information systems in your organisation to business strategies.

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Key Information

Award:
Masters
Credits:
180
UCAS Course Code:
N/A
Course Title:
MSc Data Analytics and Information Systems Management
Duration:
1.5 to 5 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Distance learning
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

Meet the Tutors

Watch this 2 minute video and hear Dr. Ben Silverstone (Programme Leader, Computing and Quantitative Business) who leads our Data Analytics suite of courses, talk about why Data Analytics is increasingly becoming a key skill for people in all functions across the business. Find out how you can get in front of this trend by studying a Masters with Arden.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • A UK honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English:

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

Please be aware that this course will require you to handle numbers. We recommend that you have a minimum of GCSE standard maths to succeed. Please speak to our admissions team for more information.

If you don’t have academic qualifications

We are more than happy to consider, and positively encourage, an application from you if have substantial suitable work experience (typically 5 years senior level experience) and can show us that you have the motivation to study the programme. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

Don’t have any of the above?

If you don’t already have an undergraduate degree, and you’re not quite there with the required amount of work experience for postgraduate study, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes. We offer online degrees in a range of subjects. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments. Please click here to see our available online degrees.

Already completed an award with the CMI or ILM?

We recognise your completed study, so you might be entitled to an exemption towards your MBA with Arden – saving you time and money.

We are happy to individually consider other professional or academic awards to see whether we can grant exemptions. Our Admissions staff will be happy to advise you.

Where our modules map directly to courses studied by the professional bodies we have listed the specific modules you would be exempt from – where there is no defined curriculum we have stated the maximum credit volume we might exempt. Get the full list of exemptions on our dedicated information page or speak to our admissions team.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Details & Modules

Through this professional postgraduate course, you will be prepared to apply your newly developed data analytics skills and knowledge to the IT environment. If you are a manager wishing to drive your career forward or wanting to start a new role in this field, our online MSc will make you stand out from the crowd, putting you a step ahead of other IT leaders by having valuable sought-after knowledge of data analytics and the ability to put your learning into practice straight away.

Modules:

  • Data Design
  • Data Handling and Decision Making
  • Data Visualisation and Interpretation
  • IS and Business Strategy Alignment
  • Technology and Trend Monitoring
  • Project and Portfolio Management
  • Research Project

Assessments

Assessments provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation or Journal Article

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit. If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real life settings.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Fees & Funding

Fees

Please contact us for more information on fees for this programme.

Postgraduate Funding

You can support your study a variety of ways. If you are a UK resident, the new Postgraduate Loans from the UK Government can cover the cost of your postgraduate study. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident and aged under 60.
  • You can get a loan of up to £10,000 to pay your fees and help with living costs.
  • You will start to pay it back when your course is complete and you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Read more on Postgraduate Loans here.

Self-funding

If you choose to pay for the course yourself you can pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations, simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your postgraduate studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Download our guide to employer sponsorship here.

Find out more about fees and funding on our dedicated information page by clicking here.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Careers Impact

A successful graduate of this MSc will have the knowledge of how data can be manipulated to result in strategy driven decisions, with the skills and experience to add value to a strategic team in a wide range of businesses.

You might progress your current career or move into an area such as IT consultancy, CRM, or software design, testing, and integration. IT project management, development, planning and implementation, in both business and not-for-profit organisations at a senior level might also interest you.
Alternatively, you could be a non-IT specialist who wants to drive the IT strategy via data driven insights and bring a new perspective to the role.

The type of job roles you might explore are:

  • Information Systems Manager
  • Functional Manager
  • Service Delivery manager
  • Systems Manager
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Statistician
  • IT Risk
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Data Manager

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

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