MSc Data Analytics and IT Security Management

Data Analytics and IT Security Management

MSc

Summary

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

Course Overview

Develop your skills in the in-demand areas of complex data analysis and IT security strategy with Arden’s MSc Data Analytics and IT Security Management degree. This course focuses on giving you the skills you need to solve real-world problems, so you’re ready to take on your next IT management role with confidence.

This master’s qualification will prepare you for modern IT management, through a combination of specialist IT and data analytics knowledge – alongside broader business skills. You’ll cover topics such as data handling, information security strategy and IS Governance, as well as having the chance to complete your own original research project in the form of a dissertation or journal article.

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Course details and modules

Develop an advanced understanding of IT security and data analytics, and get ready for the next step in your career. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make the move into a management or leadership role. Alongside specialist knowledge, you’ll also develop your communication, planning and decision-making ability through practical projects and research.

Modules

  • Data Design
  • Data Handling and Decision Making
  • Data Visualisation and Interpretation
  • Information Security Strategy Development
  • IT Security Management
  • IS Governance
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These 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 MSc Data Analytics and IT Security Management master's degree with Arden University, you must 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, so we recommend that you have a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE maths to proceed.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this data analytics and IT security degree.

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.

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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

IT security has never been more relevant or more vital to business. Completing a specialist postgraduate course in this area will help you demonstrate your expertise to future employers and lay the foundations for progression into management and leadership roles.

What can an IT security management degree do for me?

By completing this IT security and data analytics course, you’ll gain specialist skills in two unique fields, as well as broader management and business expertise. All of which will help your CV stand out from the rest. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Demonstrate you can apply your knowledge and skills at a strategic level in two key disciplines
  • Deliver projects or tasks that have directly improved your role or organisation
  • Develop confident communication skills, adapted to different settings in both IT and data contexts
  • Develop deep knowledge of IT security strategy and management
  • Understand the role of data security management in business 
  • Use problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to business challenges

What can I do after Arden University?

We’ve designed this course to focus on practical skills that enhance your CV and help you go further. So whether you want to progress with your current employer or start a fresh challenge, the flexibility of the skills you’ll gain means your options are open.

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

  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Information Security Analyst
  • IT Risk
  • IT Support – Cyber Security
  • Security Consultant
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Data Manager

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.