MSc Data Analytics and IT Security Management


Program Description

Course overview

As cybercrime keeps pace closely with new technologies, organisations recognise the need for professionals trained to read and use data to protect their business. The online MSc Data Analytics & IT Security Management programme from Arden University combines these two disciplines to give you advanced data handling capabilities to ensure the security of your systems.

Arden’s online programme delivery makes it easier to develop your data handling and managerial skills alongside your existing commitments and responsibilities. This programme will help you take your career to the next level whilst you protect and secure the operations of your organisation.

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 can add real value to the workplace. The focus of this module is learning how to both interpret data, 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.

Information Security Strategy Development

Any organisation using IT solutions should have a plan to manage security threats. Learn about the effective strategies required, and how those with specialist knowledge can create flexible security solutions. This module focuses on the technologies used, and the evaluation standards established to produce robust strategies. You will use case studies to evaluate current strategies and forensic computer skills.

IT Security Management

Going beyond the design of effective strategies, learn to manage these strategic solutions through rigorous application of policies and methods crucial to modern cyber security. Study the required techniques to manage IT security systems for organisations of all sizes in this module, whilst learning to develop and implement recovery plans. You will evaluate current organisational practice, the policies that govern it, and recommendations for improvement.

IS Governance

Robust governance frameworks grow daily in importance and play a key role that includes legal, economic, political, and technological issues. This module will encourage you to evaluate and mitigate risk, and maximise the benefits of different software and systems. You will be challenged to audit current governance approaches, critique your peers, and present recommendations for future revisions.

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 and choose between a conventional dissertation, or an academic article and presentation. Then you’ll 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 & IT Security Management 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 – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

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What Our Students Say


“Studying online allows me to fit my learning around my work and home life. This degree will help me make difficult decisions that are required at the executive level, and prepare me for a future role as a senior manager."

Reyaz Ahmad Wani,
MSc Strategic IT Management


“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,
MSc IT Security Management

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) 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