MSc Data Analytics and Finance

Data Analytics and Finance

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Location
Online

Course Overview

Today’s employers in the finance sector need skilled practitioners who have a detailed understanding of financial markets. They’re also searching for graduates who can apply statistical modelling in the context of increasingly complex data now available to financial firms.

Our data analytics and finance MSc course will teach you these skills, and is the perfect option if you have an interest in big data and data analysis and want to work within the finance and investments sector in a specialised and highly paid role. 

With course content that is regularly updated to stay up to speed with the latest developments in this fast-paced sector, you’ll cover topics such as business modelling, data visualisation, financial management, and more, as well as having the chance to complete your own original research project at the end of your final year. 

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Course details and modules

By completing this course, you’ll have demonstrated that you have the analytical and decision-making capabilities to take the next step up in your career – rising to a senior professional level. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with your international classmates on the course, building your global business network.

Clare Gillon

The staff and the support along the way has been amazing. Any questions or enquiries are answered. I cannot thank the admissions team enough for their part in advising and supporting me through this MA. It is a big step to make and having the support through the whole process really helped.

Clare Gillon
MA Strategic Marketing - Online

Modules

  • Data Design
  • Data Handling and Decision Making
  • Data Visualisation and Interpretation
  • Business Modelling for Decision Making
  • Financial Management
  • Reporting Corporate Performance
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

Showcase your strengths with a range of assessment methods. On this finance analytics course, you’ll have the opportunity to regularly demonstrate what you’ve learned, allowing your tutors to track your progress. These assessments include:

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

Study options

Got other commitments? Studying an MSc in data analytics and finance is made easy with Arden University. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.

Sathesh Paramasivam

In this programme you study partially on your own and then get further instruction in the classroom sessions. I like that it’s independent but you still have guidance and can ask questions if you need clarification. The online learning aspect of the course has been excellent.

Sathesh Paramasivam
MSc Data Analytics & Marketing - Berlin campus

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course 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. 

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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 Data Analytics and Finance master's degree, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

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; 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 an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We will consider alternative qualifications to evidence the maths component, as this qualification includes research methods which involves statistics. 

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.
 

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

Mohammed Rehman

Studying with us here at Arden teaches you how to handle and interpret complex data sets, and you’ll be developing skills that are essential in national and international businesses. If you are currently working in a management function or looking to specialise in data, our range of data analytics courses will develop your ability to analyse and interpret data in order to make business decisions. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Mohammed Rehman
Head of School Computing 

Career prospects

Strong data analytics skills. Effective decision making. Clear understanding of modern financial management. These are three of the most important qualities in demand from businesses today, and you’ll master them all as part of this course. So, whether you want to progress with your current organisation or take on a new challenge, you’ll have the skills at your disposal to direct your future.

What can an MSc in financial analytics do for me?

You’ll gain a wide range of leadership and management skills by completing this course. Best of all, because we focus on the practical application of what you learn, you’ll find these skills are transferable to a range of different roles. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Demonstrate you can apply your knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Complete projects or tasks that have directly benefited your organisation or role
  • Develop confident communication skills for a variety of settings and contexts
  • Use problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to business challenges
  • Develop advanced knowledge of financial management models and practices
  • Understand the role and applications of data analytics in finance

What can I do after Arden University?

Whether you want to work in financial analysis, management or accountancy, this course will help you develop the right skills and knowledge. Being able to analyse complex data and use the outcomes to inform effective financial business decisions is a highly sought-after skillset at both management and leadership levels.

Here are just a few of the roles your MSc in financial analytics could lead to:

  • Financial Data Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Senior Financial Manager
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Investment Banker
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Senior Data Analyst

Industry skills

Study an industry-certified course alongside your degree 

If you're looking to gain some additional skills as you study, you can take an industry-certified online course while you’re studying your Arden degree, at no extra cost. 

You can choose to become certified on Salesforce Trailhead, gain certification through Cisco’s Networking Academy, or take courses on Amazon’s cloud-based learning platform, AWS Educate. All of these courses complement our degree modules and are highly valued by employers worldwide.