MSc Data Analytics and Finance


Program Description

Course Overview

The modern workplace relies heavily on data, and people with the skills to handle and interpret business data are in high demand. Arden University’s online MSc Data Analytics & Finance dual degree programme combines the study of data analytics and finance to give you sound, applicable skills in management accounting and strategic financial decision-making.

Arden’s flexible, online programme delivery makes it is easier to develop your data handling and finance skills alongside your existing commitments and responsibilities. This programme will help you take your career to the next level whilst you bring your organisation closer to their financial goals. This programme is delivered 100% online.

Accelerate your learning! This programme is offered in both full-time and part-time study modes. The full-time study mode allows you complete your postgraduate studies in just one year so you can move on with your career.

Course Modules

Data Design:

Understand how to approach data by addressing key questions about your intended business outcomes, and select the most appropriate data collection method. You will learn to design deployment approaches and implement instruments and systems for data collection to achieve valuable outcomes.

Data Handling and Decision Making:

With access to more data than ever, those equipped to handle and interpret this data adds real value to the workplace. The focus of this module concerns the methods used to analyse the data environment and make key business decisions shaping the future of an organisation.

Data Visualisation and Interpretation:

Gain the crucial data skills that give businesses their significant competitive advantage by learning to present this data in a universally engaging manner, which can be understood by specialists and non-specialists alike.

Business Modelling for Decision Making:

Justifying your financial decisions is an essential skill in modern business. This module will explore tried and tested modelling techniques useful in the decision-making process. You will learn to balance mathematical and analytical skills and use quantitative methods for financial decision-making.

Financial Management:

You’ll develop the skills to access and process the data which underpins decision-making, strategy, and business proposals, whilst considering the role of management accounting in growing a business. You will evaluate how budgeting and absorption costing impact budget and pricing decisions, and learn recovery tactics for when things go wrong.

Reporting Corporate Performance:

You’ll examine and evaluate finance sources, learn to access capital markets, and reduce costs by structuring effectively. Explore the many disciplines imposed on companies by financial markets, and discover the importance of analysing financial information in the merger and acquisition process.

Research Project:

This vital project gives you a chance to research an area of your choice, related to the programme theme, and develop your critical abilities. You’ll create a research proposal, choose between conventional dissertation, or academic article and presentation, and then apply all of your knowledge from the programme, with the opportunity to link your research to your actual work needs.

Industry Partnerships

When you enrol in the MSc Data Analytics & Finance course, you will have the option to participate in the following business skill development programmes:


Cisco Networking Academy
Get a real world grounding in today’s most valuable technical skills. Use real equipment, software, and simulators to gain technical knowledge in at least 1 or 2 high demand job areas.


Salesforce Trailheads
There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.


Amazon Web Services
With the increasing demand for cloud employees, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals

How does it work?
Participation with our Industry Partners is completely voluntary. Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

What Our Students Say


“I work in the financial and banking sector as a data protection expert. The best part of this programme has been the fact that I feel I gain useful, practical knowledge while I progress through the courses. This feeling is really motivating, especially when comparing it to my studies in other academic institutions. The flexibility is another great advantage of Arden’s program.”

Micael De Abreu Caldas,
Arden University

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • A UK honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent.
  • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).
What if I don’t have academic qualifications?

We positively encourage and consider applications from those with substantial management experience (typically 5 years) and are able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your CV and references in support of your application.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journ ... Read More

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journey into higher education, Arden has the tools and the passion to help provide you with a truly engaging and beneficial learning experience. Read less