MSc Data Analytics and Information Systems Management


Program Description

Course overview

With the explosive presence of Big Data in modern business, a specialist in data analytics is essential for success. The online MSc Data Analytics & Information Systems Management programme from Arden University combines these two disciplines to give you advanced data handling capabilities that will inform technical decision-making. Learning to apply the principles of data handling to inform decision making will make you the glue that aligns information systems in your organisation to business strategies.

Arden’s online programme delivery makes it is 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 bring your organisation closer to their technical goals. 

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 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.

IS and Business Strategy Management

Develop an understanding of the design, application and enhancement of IT systems, and how these support the attainment of other strategic goals. You’ll learn about the strategic implications of effective IT systems, and how they contribute to the overall business strategy. This module explores the complex process of aligning these strategies and proposes methods to enhance it.

Technology and Trend Monitoring

Stay abreast of the rapidly changing technological environment in this strategic IT role. You’ll have the opportunity to evaluate emerging technologies and investigate the ways they are applied to current business practice. Using an analytical approach, you will evaluate the feasibility of implementing emerging IT trends into current business practices.

Project and Portfolio Management

This module will give you an appreciation of the various techniques available to managers for the effective management of a portfolio of IT projects. As the key to seeing a strategic plan through to success, effective management is central to this qualification, with emphasis on developing managerial confidence through real-world experience, and practical evaluation of tools and techniques.

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 & Information Systems 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. 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

A UK honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • 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

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