MSc Digital Business Transformation

Digital Business Transformation

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
1 year+
Location
Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

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

On your course you’ll gain the specialised skills needed to apply the latest technologies in the field of business transformation, including artificial Intelligence, machine learning, big data sets, the internet of things, and the artificial intelligence internet of things. You’ll become familiar with change management theory and practice in a digitally disrupted world, and will learn how enabling software technologies are supporting digital business transformations across the full breadth of global industry. 

The MSc Digital Business Transformation will also introduce you to state-of-the-art software platforms such as Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, SPSS, and more, 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 a strong sense for what it means to lead teams successfully in the digital economy, particularly when making the transition to an agile working environment from traditional working patterns. This, combined with your knowledge of how to enhance organisational effectiveness and customer experiences through new technologies, will give you a powerful, modern skillset that is sought after by leading employers in an exciting range of industries.

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Course details and modules

The MSc Digital 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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  • The Digital Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Managing User And Customer Experience (20 credits)
  • Introduction To The Digital Supply Chain (20 credits)
  • Analysing Big Data (20 credits)   
  • Agile Methodologies In The Digital Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Digital 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 Digital 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. 

Digital Business Transformation Project

The MSc Digital Business Transformation concludes with an independent study assessment which forms the Digital Business Transformation Project module. You’ll identify an area of digital 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 digital 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 currently available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere 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

Part time online learning

How does it work?

Studying the MSc Digital 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 Digital 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 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; 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 Digital 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 Digital Business Transformation do for me?

By the time you graduate you’ll have gained hands-on experience across a suite of software in a practical capacity, giving you the tools you need to power the successful digital transformation or organisations. You’ll also have refreshed and expanded your understanding of business fundamentals and change management, all within a real-world context. And because of the course’s 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:

  • Skills in the latest software packages
  • The ability to confidently evaluate digital transformation solutions and their best uses
  • Handling and analysing big data
  • Applying your skills in the real world to your current and future work environment

What can I do after Arden University?

The MSc Digital 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

Industry skills

Prepare for the next step in your career

Achieving your MSc in Digital Business Transformation will help you to accelerate your progression into a senior management role. Beyond the core MSc itself, Arden students can also benefit from 1-2-1 support and online learning resources, enhancing their CVs even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, ilearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Career Development Resources

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’.