Course summary

This course addresses the need to propel information-gathering and data organisation and exploit potential information and knowledge hidden in routinely collected data to improve decision-making. The course, which builds on the strength of two successful courses on data mining and on decision sciences, is more technology focused and stretches the data mining and decision sciences theme to the broader agenda of business intelligence.

You will focus on developing solutions to real-world problems associated with the changing nature of IT infrastructure and increasing volumes of data, through the use of applications and case studies, while gaining a deep appreciation of the underlying models and techniques. You will also gain a greater understanding of the impact technological advances have on nature and practices adopted within the business intelligence and analytics practices and know how to adapt to these changes.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Big Data Theory and Practice
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Business Systems Postgraduate Project

Option modules

  • Advanced Big Data Analytics
  • Business Optimisation
  • Data Visualisation and Dashboarding
  • Data Warehousing and OLAP
  • Data Repositories Principles and Tools
  • Simulation Modelling: Risk, Processes, and Systems
  • Web and Social Media Analytics

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the further learning educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and for partially satisfying the underpinning knowledge requirements set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Science Council for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng or IEng) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP, CEng, or IEng status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high-quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Entry Requirements

You are expected to already have quantitative skills, with an interest in developing these further to support postgraduate activity in analysing, evaluating and reporting on a range of real-world data-intensive problems. You will have a suitable Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) in a scientific or engineering discipline with some exposure to the use of IT, or in an area of computer science or IT with a strong interest in quantitative analysis. If you do not have a formal qualification, but you are already in employment, you may be considered if your role involves the data mining and decision support techniques and technologies deployed in the course.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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Program taught in:
English

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
1 year
Full-time
Price
13,500 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,000 (fees per academic year)
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