MSc Data Analytics and Information Systems Management

Data Analytics and Information Systems Management

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Location
Berlin or Online
School of Computing

Course Overview

Big data holds the potential for big career opportunities, especially as today’s organisations now hold more information about their business environments than at any time in history. Add to that today’s increasing focus on data about consumer preferences, the supply chain, and sales forecasting, and you can see why leading employers are actively seeking professionals with advanced skills in big data and information systems management. 

Our MSc Data Analytics & Information Systems Management course covers the most vital topics and practices in Big Data and ISM, while helping you perfect your management and leadership abilities in this sector. You’ll cover topics such as data handling, trend monitoring, information systems and business strategy alignment, as well as having the opportunity to complete your own original research project during your final year of study. 

Whether you’re already leading a team of data analysts, or want to take on a higher management position in your current organisation, this course has been designed to help you achieve your professional ambitions. 

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Course details and modules

By helping you develop the skills and knowledge you need to demonstrate advanced management capabilities, we’re preparing you for the next step in your professional career. Alongside this, you’ll build on your communication, planning, and decision-making skills, showing future employers that you’re a well-rounded and cutting-edge professional.

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
  • IS and Business Strategy Alignment
  • Technology and Trend Monitoring
  • Project and Portfolio Management
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

You’ll be given a variety of ways to demonstrate what you’ve learned on this master’s course. These assessment methods are designed to put your new knowledge into practice and keep track of how well you’re progressing in your studies. These methods include:

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

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. 

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

Full time, blended learning

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 university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. 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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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 this Data Analytics and Information Systems Management MSc course at Arden university you must normally 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.

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

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this data analytics and information systems management course.

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.

Already completed an award with the CMI or ILM?

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

We’re 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.

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

Big data is a huge opportunity for modern businesses. That’s why data analysis and ISM skills are in high demand in all forward-thinking organisations. This MSc course gives you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge in these areas, opening up a variety of management and leadership roles that you’ll find as rewarding as they are lucrative. 

What can a master’s in information systems management do for me?

We’ve designed this course to provide you with a blend of skills that are highly valued by employers. As well as specialised knowledge in information systems management and data analysis, you’ll also gain a wide range of transferable skills to take into your management career. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Demonstrate you can apply your knowledge and skills at a strategic level for two key disciplines
  • Complete industry specific projects or tasks that have directly benefited your role or organisation
  • Develop confident communication skills and adapt these to a variety of contexts 
  • Use problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to business challenges
  • Develop advanced knowledge of information systems management and strategy
  • Understand the roles of information management and data analytics in business strategy

What can I do after Arden University?

The specialist knowledge and broader management skills you’ll develop on this course open up a variety of professional roles related to information systems and data analysis. Whether you decide to progress with your current employer or take on a new challenge after graduating, the choice is yours. 

Here are just a few of the roles you could move into after completing this course:

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

Industry skills

Career Development Resources

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.

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.