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Humber’s Global Business Management graduate certificate program prepares you for a wide choice of careers and gives you the time to decide which is best for you. Read more
Humber’s Global Business Management graduate certificate program prepares you for a wide choice of careers and gives you the time to decide which is best for you. Our program is designed to prepare degree holders from any academic discipline to work as managers in a broad array of business areas in domestic and international organizations of any size. No Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), no business experience, no prerequisite courses are required – just your bachelor’s degree and the desire to find your place in the world of business management.

This program covers what every business wants in every manager: leadership, communication skills, numeracy, creativity, analytic ability, problem-solving skills, teamwork and strategic planning abilities. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to manage the human, physical and financial resources, and complex strategic and practical management issues of international and domestic businesses.

The first year covers a breadth of fundamental business knowledge and skill areas; the second year expands on that base with a variety of more complex and strategic international and global courses that have equal application in both international and domestic businesses, making this a truly global business management program.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Collect, process and interpret data used to support international business.
• Develop, execute and analyze the results of a comprehensive global business plan which includes complete marketing, operations, financial and human resources strategies and tactics, taking into account the impact of various economic, legal, cultural, geographical, and political situations on international business.
• Conduct business with diverse populations using culturally appropriate methods in compliance with relevant national and international law, legislation, policies, and regulations.
• Assist in the importing and exporting functions of a business.
• Plan, direct, execute and evaluate individual and team projects.
• Implement strategies utilizing domestic and foreign government programs, policies, and agencies which facilitate international trade.
• Apply financial knowledge and skill to the operation of an international business.
• Apply leadership and teamwork skills establishing and maintaining working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, clients, customers and consumers.
• Apply quality control and assurance programs to sourcing and supplying.
• Apply the principles of business ethics and international corporate responsibility.
• Develop new products and services consistent with evolving market needs.
• Evaluate the viability of marketing a product or service in an international market or markets.
• Develop personal professional development strategies and plans to enhance leadership and management skills.

Modules

Semester 1
• BISM 5000: Computer Analytic Skills
• BUS 5003: Project Management
• ECON 5015: Management Economics
• HRM 5003: Human Resources Management
• STAT 5002: Quantitative Methods for Management
• WORK 5005: Career Development and Pre-Placement Seminar

Semester 2
• ACCT 5507: Managerial Accounting and Finance
• BUS 5505: Canadian Business Law
• GEOG 5528: World Geographies and Cultures
• HRM 5008: Organizational Behaviour
• MKTG 5007: Fundamentals of Marketing
• RSMT 5001: Business Research Methods

Semester 3
• BUS 5020: International Trade Law
• BUS 5021: Global Business Leadership Skills
• BUS 5022: Global Environmental Issues
• BUS 5023: Supply Chain Management
• BUS 5024: Global Business Strategy 1
• MGMT 5004: Customer Relationship Management

Semester 4
• BUS 5569: Global e-Business Management
• BUS 5571: Global Business Strategy 2
• FIN 5191: International Banking and Finance
• MKTG 5514: Global Marketing Management
• MKTG 5519: Integrated Marketing Communications
• WORK 5511: Global Business Field Placement
• WORK 5570: Industry Seminar

Work Placement

There is a work placement (320 hours minimum) in the fourth semester. It is designed to give you the hands-on practical work experience that employers desire.

Your Career

Upon graduation, you may be able to choose from a wide variety of management career fields, thanks to the rich breadth of content in this unique program. You could enter the marketing area as a brand assistant, key account representative or event manager; the finance area as a business analyst or corporate finance assistant; the advertising area as an account executive or media analyst; the operations area as a logistics manager, operations planner or project manager; the international trade area as a supply chain analyst or import/ export manager; or the retail area as a merchandise manager, purchaser or marketing co-ordinator. You may also use the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge gained in the program to open your own business or act as a consultant.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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The MSc Business & Management (MBM) is a 12-month full-time programme. The MBM is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) as a Pre-Experience Masters in Management. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc Business & Management (MBM) is a 12-month full-time programme. The MBM is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) as a Pre-Experience Masters in Management.

The degree provides you with a solid understanding of how organisations work. You’ll enhance the skills and awareness needed to operate effectively in different types of organisations. The MBM is an excellent choice as a path into business management. It’s also for those looking to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market.

The programme has consistently featured in the Financial Times global masters in management ranking. The current ranking is fifth in the UK and 36th in the world.

The MBM is designed to help you reach your potential as a manager or leader in the organisations of today and tomorrow. We place emphasis on self-development and self-discovery, not just classroom teaching.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/businessmanagement/

You’ll study

There are three areas of focus for study:
1. Understanding the Business – through a sequence of taught classes you’ll gain an insight into the major functional areas of most organisations. You’ll explore what they do and learn the language and techniques they employ in describing their area of the business. Our emphasis is on giving you managerial-relevant insight.

2. Developing Management Potential – the Professional Management Practice class will help you understand the key skills needed to be successful in your career. It introduces key skills required for a career in management and helps you to identify and address your development needs.

3. Building a Career Focus – individual classes give you exposure to different areas of the business. The elective classes and the MBM project allow you to decide what kind of focus you’re going to take in your degree and beyond. The Spring and Summer School elective classes bring together postgraduates from across the business school helping you to build networks and knowledge.

Study abroad

The MBM programme includes a number of elective classes from which students will choose. For those who are interested in studying abroad, the 'Managing in Europe' elective class provides the opportunity to do this with classes taught at Toulouse Business School, France.

Facilities

The MBM is delivered in our award-winning building on Cathedral Street in the heart of Glasgow's city centre. Designed to meet the demands of corporate clients and those studying at a postgraduate level, it’s purpose-built to facilitate study, interaction and work.

A modern lecture room in the Business School building will be your base for the year. With good social space conveniently located next to where you’re taught, you’ll find this a comfortable area from which to work. There’s campus-wide Wi-Fi and good quality catering facilities nearby.

Our Business School provides a number of services including:
- a free printing allowance
- a dedicated IT support team

The School's Business Information Service ensures that you can keep up-to-date with the latest trends and issues affecting the business world. The databases available are a particularly powerful tool, providing a rich array of information including:
- market reports
- financial analysis
- international news
- trade journals

Accreditation

The MBM is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) as a Pre-Experience Masters in Management.

Student competitions

Each year, the programme runs the ‘Best project award’ where the best final project wins a monetary award. The Dean also awards letters of commendation to other top projects selected by supervisors.
Individuals are also encouraged to participate in university and international competitions. For example, previous students have competed and won key awards at the G20 Youth Summit and Strathclyde Enterprise Pathway competition.

Conversion to the MBA

As a graduate of the MBM, you’ll be offered the opportunity to convert your qualification to the prestigious Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

To take advantage of this opportunity you must apply within five years of graduating and have acquired sufficient work experience and exposure to management processes and issues.

The conversion syllabus can be completed through any route of the MBA. That includes studying in Strathclyde Business School’s centres around the world and the flexible learning option. Most people choose to undertake the conversion while continuing their career by undertaking self-study supported by weekend workshops.

For those who started their MBM after September 2010, the conversion syllabus is:
- The Reflective Practitioner
- Exploring the International Business Environment Strategy Analysis & Evaluation
- Making Strategy
- Strategic Consulting in Practice
- Two elective classes
- MBA Project

Conversion generally takes 18 months on a part-time basis.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form , or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Classes differ significantly from traditional formal lectures. Academic staff maximise opportunities for class discussion and debate about how organisations are tackling real-life business issues and whether their approaches are appropriate in other contexts.

You’ll often be given individual or group-based research tasks to be fed back in class. This emphasis upon practical skills gives you a greater understanding of what’s happening in a wide range of organisational contexts. It also helps you to be able to formulate relevant, practical, responses to the complex issues.

Our teaching is focused on helping you to develop the high level of personal and interpersonal skills that employers are looking for. You’ll find that, from your very first day, we’ll be there helping you to find effective ways to manage yourself, while getting the best from those you're working with.

Through workshops, and in classes, we’ll help you to perfect your ability to communicate the insights you get from the analytical techniques we teach and the research you undertake.

- Living case study
The Living case study is an innovative way of bringing participants to an understanding of what it means to deal with organisational issues at a managerial level. The exercise casts participants in the role of a graduate trainee who has been asked by the management director to analyse the behaviours in the company and present to the board a way forward.
Management consultancy firm Accenture regularly attend the final presentations. These presentations showcase the professionalism of the cohort and the analytic skills they have acquired through this and the other classes that make up the syllabus. Accenture’s experienced consultants recognise the type of issues and behaviours recreated in the simulation and provide hints and tips on dealing with problem situations and communicating ideas to executives.

Guest lectures

All classes on the MBM programme have a number of guest speakers from industry. You're also regularly invited to Business School industry lectures and networking events.

Assessment

The course is assessed through written assignments, group and individual projects, exams and presentations.

Careers

The degree opens up a range of exciting career possibilities. In broad terms, our graduates’ career paths follow one of four directions:
1. Entry into a management programme within national and multi-national organisations. Recent graduates have joined organisations such as: Accenture, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Eon, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

2. Entry into a more specific programme where it’s the combination of first degree, or work experience, and the MBM that distinguishes them from the competition. Graduates have been recruited by such prestigious firms as: Ford Motor Company, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ubisoft, Cisco Systems, BSkyB, Schlumberger.

3. Many have taken up an opportunity within their family’s business, developing the business to take advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s environment.

4. Others are pursuing their dream of becoming an entrepreneur and building their own successful business.

How can I fund my course?

MBM full-time scholarships offered by the department of Strategy and Organisation include:
- One scholarship of £6,000 – Female Leader of the Future
- One scholarship of £6,000 – European Visionary Scholarship (for those who are prepared to test new ideas, to go beyond the status quo and make a difference to industry and society)
- Two scholarships of £6,000 – International Leader of the Future Scholarships

£2,000 partial scholarships for Strathclyde graduates may also be available for eligible candidates.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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This Masters course in Business Intelligence and Social Media, is supported by IBM (UK) and is aimed at graduates/practitioners seeking to enhance your practical skills and gain comprehensive knowledge of business intelligence, business analytics and the commercial tools applicable to 'big data' gathered from social media, the cloud and other data sources. Read more
This Masters course in Business Intelligence and Social Media, is supported by IBM (UK) and is aimed at graduates/practitioners seeking to enhance your practical skills and gain comprehensive knowledge of business intelligence, business analytics and the commercial tools applicable to 'big data' gathered from social media, the cloud and other data sources.

Business Intelligence has emerged in recent years as a key source of competitive advantage for companies, enabling them to improve performance across the business, from overall strategy to marketing.

Upon completion, you'll be prepared for a career in business intelligence utilising tools from major vendors including Microsoft, Oracle, SAS and Tableau.

Distinctive features of the course:
- Uniquely designed for both computing and non-computing graduates wishing to pursue a career in the IT industry.

- Develops practical hands-on experience in business intelligence and analytics using industry standard tools including MS SQL Server BI edition, Oracle 11g Database, SAS and Tableau.

- Provides a balance between business intelligence and social media subjects with a special focus on business intelligence architectures and analytics.

- Addresses latest IT trends including big data, social media analytics and digital publishing.

- Allows 'practitioner entry' for those who have had considerable industrial experience in relevant field and are able to demonstrate an ability to work at the master's level.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/business-intelligence-social-media-msc

Modules

- Business Intelligence Architecture (20 credits)
Introduces students to Data Warehouse, ETL, MS SQL-SVR, Big Data processing environments Hadoop, and the associated addresses security, legal and ethical Issues.

- Database Management (20 credits)
This module teaches database design/architecture, database security, MS SQL SVR & Oracle SqlPlus + relevant extensions for PL/SQL, T-SQL and metadata exchange using XML.

- Human Computer Interaction (20 credits)
On this module you'll be introduced to HCI design, HCI lifecycle, usability, security, privacy, mobile/desktop HCI.

- Business Intelligence Analytics (20 credits)
This module teaches dashboards, SAS, algorithms & analytic techniques.

- Research methods (0 credits, delivered over 2 modules)
The modules aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in research methodology, research ethics, planning, research design and analysis, presentation in order to undertake a large research project.

- Social Media and Digital Publishing (20 credits)
This module provides an introduction to various social media technologies and tools such as google+, google analytics, Instagram, Facebook, twitter and content formats, marketing analysis, data provenance and data security.

- Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to the essentials of the strategic planning process, the foundations of enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs, IT Strategy for SME's and managing innovation.

- Project (60 credits)
This module will see you undertake a substantial, independent research project building on the taught course.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations.

Employability

Career opportunities range from IT services to business consultancy and this course will prepare you for a career in the Business Intelligence community working actively with a range of resources including: BI tools from major commercial vendors including Microsoft and SAS.

As a graduate of this course you should to be able to work within the areas of Business Intelligence, Business/Data Analytics, in roles such as BI/BA Specialist, Data Analyst and Business Intelligence Developer.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

The course encourages students to actively seek placements / work experience and voluntary work during their studies. Many of such opportunities are offered through the University's central Employability and Skills Unit.

Teaching and learning

Students receive academic support through the usual student tutoring system and project supervision. The course provides a virtual learning environment that facilitates e-learning.

The specialist software offered to students include Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Netbeans 7.x with Java 7, Oracle, Python, SAS and Visual Paradigm.

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The International Business Management (IBM) Transnational program is an exciting tri-country opportunity offered in Canada, Panama and China. Read more
The International Business Management (IBM) Transnational program is an exciting tri-country opportunity offered in Canada, Panama and China. It is designed to help shape tomorrow's global leaders. You earn a graduate certificate from Centennial College, study for a semester in the City of Knowledge, Panama City and complete an internship in China provided by Neusoft Institute, Guangdong.

Your global journey in the Business Management Transnational program helps you:
-Attain core management skills and intercultural competencies
-Develop leadership abilities to work in an international environment
-Acquire strong analytic and strategic thinking skills
-Learn to deal with multifaceted challenges, and act creatively and responsibly as a global citizen

In Centennial College's International Business Management program, you gain the key industry knowledge to conduct business on a global scale. What's unique about an international approach to business is that you must have knowledge of specialized topics such as:
-International business law
-International finance and banking
-International marketing
-International entrepreneurship and innovation
-Global business research and analysis
-International business planning
-Corporate social responsibility and international development
-Business networking

At this School of Business program, these topics are covered along with core business courses such as project management and business communications. All of the business areas are presented in a practical approach that includes gaining technical knowledge and skill through hands-on learning.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-International Business Management courses are led by faculty members who have extensive international business experience.
-To ensure you have the necessary skills for career success in the current environment, the use of computer and Internet technology in performing international business functions is emphasized.
-Case studies, simulations and project-based learning, with a focus on developing project management, teamwork, report writing, and communication and presentation skills are extensively used.
-You gain practical industry experience through the industry project component.

Global Citizenship and Equity
Centennial College's signature Global Citizenship and Equity office offers many opportunities for students to travel abroad and work with various advocacy groups on development projects. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the available supports, please visit http://www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Career Outlook
-Trade representative
-Entrepreneur in import/export
-Business consultant
-International marketing manager
-Foreign investment analyst
-Logistics/transportation manager
-Corporate social responsibility manager
-Product broker
-Commercial banking officer
-Customs broker

Areas of Employment
-International business development
-International development
-Importing
-International services such as consulting and education
-Exporting
-Small to medium-sized international entrepreneurship and innovation
-Trade and investment
-Global management
-Customs brokerage

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This programme is ideal if you wish to use your analytic skills to derive and obtain useful insights from large amounts of data. Read more
This programme is ideal if you wish to use your analytic skills to derive and obtain useful insights from large amounts of data. By equipping you with the rigorous modelling and consulting skills needed to understand, manage and communicate useful insights from ‘big data’, it prepares you to inform business decisions or government policies.

Taught modules are delivered by our group of internationally recognised management scientists who are actively working with business, government and non-profit organisations to tackle routine, strategic or policy problems.

Our industry advisory board ensures that the focus of our taught modules is of both academic and practical relevance. IBM, our partner, has jointly developed with us two modules (Customer Analytics and Leading Analytics Initiatives), and sponsors a student prize.

During the summer, you will undertake a supervised consulting or research project. This will give you the opportunity to apply powerful tools such as data mining, forecasting, optimisation, simulation and decision analysis to a particular area of business or policy, equipping you with skills highly prized by employers.

Core study areas include consulting for analytics, discovery analytics, decision analytics, managing big data, customer analytics, leading analytics initiatives, operations analytics, policy and strategy analytics, and a consulting or research project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-analytics-consulting/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
- Consulting for Analytics
You will learn the craft and skills required by analytic consultants, and which employers look for but often find lacking. It will cover process aspects of analytics projects, as well as skills in client interaction, problem structuring and data elicitation (with individuals and/or groups, and with hard/soft data), presenting data-driven analyses, report writing, and developing simple bespoke decision support systems.

- Discovery Analytics
You will be introduced to common statistical methods to explore and visualise cross sectional and temporal data. You will also learn about the design and conduct of data collection efforts, together with methods for dealing with data outliers and missing data. Industry-leading tools that are in high demand from employers (e.g. SAS and SPSS) will be used.

- Decision Analytics
Your will be introduced to common operational research techniques to help determine the best course of action for a given decision or problem. Topics covered include optimisation, simulation and decision and risk analysis.

- Managing Big Data
Your will learn about the challenges and opportunities derived from the increased volume, variety, velocity and value of data that is available today. A range of big data topics will be covered including data type, data integration, data technologies, and data security.

Semester 2:
- Customer Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques that can help organisations gain a deeper insight into customers’ behaviour and attitudes towards their products and services. It will cover approaches designed to provide a profile of customer segments, such as those grounded in data mining and multivariate statistical analysis. Industry-leading tools that are in high demand from employers (e.g. SAS and SPSS) will be used. There is an IBM sponsored student prize on this module.

- Leading Analytics Initiatives
You will learn about the issues associated with implementing an analytics capability in organisations. It will cover topics on how to develop an analytics strategy, how to embed analytics in organisational processes to ensure they deliver value, and how to deploy analytics throughout the organisation to improve decision making. There is an IBM sponsored student prize on this module.

- Operations Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques that can help organisations to develop a better understanding of operational processes, and identify efficiency and cost reduction opportunities. Topics covered include advanced optimisation and simulation techniques.

- Policy and Strategy Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques designed to tackle complex policy and strategic issues. It will cover approaches designed to explain the behaviour of complex social systems or assess the consequences of complex decisions, in order to provide the levers for policy and strategy making in a variety of sectors.

Summer:
- Consulting or Research Project

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.
The summer project is assessed via a written dissertation.

Careers and further study

Business analytics is a new and rapidly developing field, and individuals with analytics skills are in short supply.
Graduates from this programme can expect to work as management consultants, business analysts, policy analysts, marketing researchers, operations researchers, and data scientists.
We have developed two modules - Customer Analytics and Leading Analytics Initiatives - in close collaboration with our partner IBM, who also sponsor a student prize.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-analytics-consulting/

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Surrey Business School’s Business Analytics programme is dedicated to producing creative and knowledgeable Business Analysts with the ability to convert Big Data to actionable insight in business. Read more
Surrey Business School’s Business Analytics programme is dedicated to producing creative and knowledgeable Business Analysts with the ability to convert Big Data to actionable insight in business.

Whether it’s using Artificial Intelligence to improve a chess programme, or understanding the power of visualisation from a simple graph.

With input from industry experts in class and on-site, you will engage with real-world business problems.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data. New technologies and ways of working are changing the way we make decisions.

This programme will take your career to the next level and develop your ability to confidently make high impact businesses decisions that are driven by data.

The programme focuses on two key areas: analysing business data, and solving business challenges analytically. Optional modules allow you to further specialise in areas such as the economic, managerial or finance or aspects of the subject.

Furthermore, you will benefit from hands-on experience of a wide range of analytics software such as simulators and mathematical tools.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Data Analytics
-Supply Chain Analytics
-Econometrics I
-Machine Learning and Visualisations
-Principles of Accounting
-Foundations of Finance: Finance and Investments
-Supply Chain and Logistics Management
-Information for Decision Making
-Managing Decisions Implementation
-Introduction to Marketing Analytics
-Econometrics II
-Business Process Management
-Innovation Management
-Investment Analysis
-Dissertation

CAREER PROSPECTS

Business analytics students often pursue careers as consultants, researchers, managers, and analysts.

SOFTWARE

You will get hands-on experience using a wide range of tools in the course. An indicative list of the software tools is as follows:
-Excel (using the Solver and Data Analysis Add-Ins) and Tableau for decision making and visual analytics
-COGNOS and SQL Server for Business Intelligence for analytical processing
-Apache Hadoop (Map Reduce) with Amazon’s Elastic Cloud or IBM’s Smart Cloud for distributed Big Data analytics
-SAP for Enterprise Resource Planning
-R, SPSS and EViews for coding, statistics and forecasting
-ILOG’s Optimisation Studio (Cplex) for optimisations
-Matlab for algorithms and programming and Simulink (SimEvents) for simulations
-Arena (or Simul8) for Discrete Event Simulations

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme’s aim is to provide a high quality education that is both intellectually rigorous and at the forefront of management science research, relevant for problem solving and decision making by managers.

It will respond to the emergent needs of corporations and academia for professionals who are able to work with analytical tools to generate value from available Information depots and take advantage of the vast amounts of data now provided by the modern ICT and ERP systems, which underlie the operations of modern corporations.

The program will implant understanding of the theoretical base around knowledge management and knowledge work, practical skills and experience in using analytical software tools.

It will allow future professional managers and consultants to cope with an increasingly complex and global operational environment of the modern corporation.

Completion of the programme will provide a sound foundation for those considering continuing their academic development towards a PhD degree in the management disciplines.

The programme is structured in a way that would provide students with a choice between a more quantitative intensive track of modules or a qualitative analytic (business development track) which would reflect students’ personal strengths and preferences and match future career aspirations.

The compulsory modules provide a sound foundation which builds an analytical skillset using relevant statistical and management theories, and supports the development of practical hands-on experience applying the theoretical aspects using real-world data to address corporate challenges and find solutions to actual problems.

The readings in the module will build a sound basis which would allow students to access and understand the academic literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of decision modelling and business development.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development; issues and influences relevant to discipline of Management Decision Making, Management Science, and Data Science.
-Deep and thorough understanding of quantitative analytical methodologies and hands-on experience with decision-making software and data management tools.
-Knowledge about issues, application and analysis of Big Data
-An understanding of the academic research process.

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate deep learning, understanding of the material and ability to apply the knowledge and demonstrate skills in problem solving in the topic space of the modules studied
-Carry out assessments of data in a repository, select the appropriate analysis tools, design and execute an analytical methodology (not required for PG Certificate), apply adequate visualization methodologies to present the results and interpret the findings and finally to communicate the results effectively to a select audience

Professional practical skills
-Demonstrate the ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to Business Analytics
-Know and apply a range of techniques and tools to analyse data related to business operations
-Capability of selecting the right methodology and software to solve management and operational business issues
-Relate existing knowledge structures and methodologies to analytical business challenges

Key / transferable skills
-Conduct critical literature review; to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
-Develop and apply relevant and sound methodology
-Apply the methodology to analyse the issue
-Develop logical conclusions and recommendations
-Be aware of the limitations of the research
-Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to prose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological applications

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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This exciting new course is the first in Scotland to be run in partnership with SAS, a global leader in business analytic solutions. Read more
This exciting new course is the first in Scotland to be run in partnership with SAS, a global leader in business analytic solutions. It has been developed in close collaboration with leading financial services organisation HSBC and The Data Lab, to produce graduates with the skills that industry needs.

The course addresses the acknowledged shortage of business leaders and managers with a detailed working knowledge of data analytics. It provides students with a deep understanding of the industrial and scientific relevance of advanced analytics and their application in strategic and operational decision making. In doing so it develops graduates with highly sought after blend of data analytics, business acumen and advanced management skills.

The course gives you the opportunity to develop specialist skills by choosing elective modules from finance, marketing, data science and management. You’ll work in real life consultancy-style projects alongside industry leaders in data analytics. Our extensive network of external organisations across all sectors provides opportunities to build your knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in business analytic roles.

Key information

-Degree type: MSc.
-Study methods: Full time, Campus based.
-Duration: 12 months.
-Start date: September 2016.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Structure and content

Begin your course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme. It’s exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You’ll take part in a wide range of group and individual activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at the University of Stirling Management School.

Attend the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:
-Discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead.
-Understand what is expected of you in your course.
-Get to know the teaching and support staff.
-Learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning.
-Work as part of a successful team.
-Develop your personal goals for the year ahead.

Activities range from practical skills – such as effective public speaking – to developing ways to work in groups with other students. The programme is also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, and to make new friends.

About the Faculty

The University of Stirling Management School is recognised as a centre of academic excellence that offers innovative scholarship and widespread engagement with a variety of stakeholders to improve and transform business, society and lives.

The rigour and relevance of the School’s research is represented in the way projects are sponsored and funded by leading domestic research institutes as well as international bodies who value the research expertise offered.

Other admission requirements

If you don’t meet the required criteria for this course, you can complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport to gain a guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C or above.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17.

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About the course

Businesses now frequently possess and want to exploit huge, high volume, varied dynamic data sets, known as big data. Analytics is a subset of what has become to be called Business Intelligence. This is a set of technologies and processes used to understand data and analyse business performance.

Data Analytics MSc, developed and run with SAS, has been specifically designed to equip you with the skills and abilities to address this shortage. On successful completion of the course you will have developed your analytic and technical knowledge, and enhanced your professional skills within a Business Intelligence context.

You will be equipped with the relevant skills for employment in any field of data science (such as business intelligence, data mining, SAS programming and database design) within any target industry, with the additional option to complete a placement year in industry to further enhance your employability.

There is a growing need for professionals who can combine both analytical and software techniques in appropriate ways to allow the processing of ‘big data’. Data Analytics MSc is designed to provide these analytics and processing skills embedded within a business intelligence context.

Reasons to study:

• Taught by SAS accredited teaching staff
you will be taught by experienced SAS accredited teaching staff providing you with expert knowledge and skills

• Developed to fill skills shortage
course content has been developed to enhance your employability and gain substantial knowledge and equipping you with the skills required in for the use of the SAS software as well as Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) in industry

• 50 years history of research and teaching in computing technology
benefit from our well established academic expertise and advance your skills in, and knowledge of, data analytics to business problems

• Industry placement opportunity
you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement gaining valuable experience and skills as well as networking opportunities to build your industry contacts

• Excellent graduate prospects
equipped with the relevant skills for business intelligence and data mining roles including SAS Programming, Database Design and Business Intelligence

Course Structure

Modules

First semester (September to January)

• Statistics
• Fundamentals of Business Intelligence Systems
• Analytics Programming
• Data Warehouse Design and OLAP

Second semester (February to May)

• Business Intelligence Systems Application and Development
• Big Data Analytics
• Data Mining
• Research Methods

Third semester (June to September)

• Individual project

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will normally be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be carried out through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, reports, projects and exams.

The course is run in association with SAS, the leading independent vendor in the business intelligence industry, and you will gain substantial SAS software skills as part of your study.

First semester modules provide you with fundamental abilities in the use of statistics so that you can gain insights and practice of using business intelligence systems and analytics programming to exploit multidimensional data sets.

In the second semester you are exposed to a variety of business intelligence systems, including those that use big data and data mining techniques. A further module prepares students to undertake an individual research project. This project module allows you to undertake extensive research into an aspect of big data, and/or provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your analytical and processing abilities in response to a given practical problem.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend 3 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time, for full time study this would be 12 hours per week during term time. You are expected to undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week.

Industry Association

The Data Analytics MSc was developed and is run in conjunction with SAS. SAS is the world's largest independent business analytics company. It provides an integrated set of software products and services to more than 45,000 customer sites in 118 countries. Across the globe, both the public and private sector use SAS software to assist in their efforts to compete and excel in a climate of unprecedented economic uncertainty and globalization.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:
http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply.aspx

Funding for postgraduate students:
http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-funding-2017-18/postgraduate-funding-2017-18.aspx

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Your studies on the course will cover the modules listed below. The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (eg SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). Read more
Your studies on the course will cover the modules listed below. The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (eg SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). That experience is designed, in part, to develop skills for the SAS certification that partners the programme.

Digital Innovation

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and skills necessary for the implementation of digital business models and technologies intended to realign an organization with the changing demands of its business environment (or to capitalise on business opportunities). Example topics of study include: understanding and justifying change, change management, digital business models, managing technology risks, ethical issues in change.

Quantitative Data Analysis

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and skills of the quantitative data analysis methods that underpin data science. You will develop a practical understanding of core methods in data science application and research (eg bi-variate and multi-variate methods, regression etc). You will also learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of methods alongside an understanding of how and when to use or combine methods.

High Performance Computational Infrastructures

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and skills necessary for working effectively with the large-scale data storage and processing infrastructures that underpin data science. Again, you will develop both practical skills and an ability to reflect critically on concepts, theory and appropriate use of infrastructure. Content here covers, highly-scalable data-storage paradigms (eg NoSQL data stores) alongside cloud computing tools (eg Amazon EC2) and in-memory approaches.

Systems Project Management

This module examines the challenges in information systems project management. Example topics of study include traditional project management techniques and approaches, the relationship between projects and business strategy, the role and assumptions underpinning traditional approaches and the ways in which the state-of-the-art can be improved.

Big Data Analytics

The aim of the module is to develop the reflective and practical understanding necessary to extract value and insight from large heterogeneous data sets. Focus is placed on the analytic methods/techniques/algorithms for generating value and insight from the (real-time) processing of heterogeneous data. Content will cover approaches to data mining alongside machine learning techniques (eg clustering, regression, support vector machines, boosting, decision trees and neural networks).

Data Management and Business Intelligence

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and skills to support the development of business intelligence solutions in modern organisational environments. Example topics of study include issues in data/information/knowledge management, approaches to information integration and business analytics. Practical aspects of the subject are examined in the context of the data warehousing environment, with a focus on emerging in-memory approaches.

Data Visualisation

The aim of the module is to develop the reflective and practical understanding necessary to visually present insight drawn from large heterogeneous data sets (eg to decision-makers). Content will provide an understanding of human visual perception, data visualisation methods and techniques, dashboard and infographic design and augmented reality. An emphasis is also placed on visual storytelling and narrative development.

Learning Development Project

The aim of the module is to develop a team-based integrative solution to a problem/challenge drawn from the business, scientific and/or social domain (as appropriate). Working as part of a small team you will: Refine a coherent set of stakeholder requirements from an open-ended (business, scientific or social) problem/challenge; develop a solution addressing those requirements that coherently draws upon the knowledge and skills of other modules within the programme; effectively evaluate the solution (with stakeholders where appropriate).

Dissertation (including Research Methods)

Your dissertation is an opportunity to showcase your project management and subject specific skills to potential employers, and also serves as valuable experience and a solid building block if you wish to pursue a PhD on completion of the MSc. You will be encouraged to critically examine the academic and industrial contexts of your research, identify problems and think originally when proposing potential solutions that serve to demonstrate and reflect your ideas.

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Your studies on the course will cover the modules listed below. The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (eg SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). Read more
Your studies on the course will cover the modules listed below. The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (eg SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). That experience is designed, in part, to develop skills for the SAS certification that partners the programme.

Digital Innovation

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and skills necessary for the implementation of digital business models and technologies intended to realign an organization with the changing demands of its business environment (or to capitalise on business opportunities). Example topics of study include: understanding and justifying change, change management, digital business models, managing technology risks, ethical issues in change.

Quantitative Data Analysis

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and skills of the quantitative data analysis methods that underpin data science. You will develop a practical understanding of core methods in data science application and research (eg bi-variate and multi-variate methods, regression etc). You will also learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of methods alongside an understanding of how and when to use or combine methods.

High Performance Computational Infrastructures

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and skills necessary for working effectively with the large-scale data storage and processing infrastructures that underpin data science. Again, you will develop both practical skills and an ability to reflect critically on concepts, theory and appropriate use of infrastructure. Content here covers, highly-scalable data-storage paradigms (eg NoSQL data stores) alongside cloud computing tools (eg Amazon EC2) and in-memory approaches.

Systems Project Management

This module examines the challenges in information systems project management. Example topics of study include traditional project management techniques and approaches, the relationship between projects and business strategy, the role and assumptions underpinning traditional approaches and the ways in which the state-of-the-art can be improved.

Big Data Analytics

The aim of the module is to develop the reflective and practical understanding necessary to extract value and insight from large heterogeneous data sets. Focus is placed on the analytic methods/techniques/algorithms for generating value and insight from the (real-time) processing of heterogeneous data. Content will cover approaches to data mining alongside machine learning techniques (eg clustering, regression, support vector machines, boosting, decision trees and neural networks).

Data Management and Business Intelligence

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and skills to support the development of business intelligence solutions in modern organisational environments. Example topics of study include issues in data/information/knowledge management, approaches to information integration and business analytics. Practical aspects of the subject are examined in the context of the data warehousing environment, with a focus on emerging in-memory approaches.

Data Visualisation

The aim of the module is to develop the reflective and practical understanding necessary to visually present insight drawn from large heterogeneous data sets (eg to decision-makers). Content will provide an understanding of human visual perception, data visualisation methods and techniques, dashboard and infographic design and augmented reality. An emphasis is also placed on visual storytelling and narrative development.

Learning Development Project

The aim of the module is to develop a team-based integrative solution to a problem/challenge drawn from the business, scientific and/or social domain (as appropriate). Working as part of a small team you will: Refine a coherent set of stakeholder requirements from an open-ended (business, scientific or social) problem/challenge; develop a solution addressing those requirements that coherently draws upon the knowledge and skills of other modules within the programme; effectively evaluate the solution (with stakeholders where appropriate).

Dissertation (including Research Methods)

Your dissertation is an opportunity to showcase your project management and subject specific skills to potential employers, and also serves as valuable experience and a solid building block if you wish to pursue a PhD on completion of the MSc. You will be encouraged to critically examine the academic and industrial contexts of your research, identify problems and think originally when proposing potential solutions that serve to demonstrate and reflect your ideas.

As preparation for the dissertation, you will be given a grounding in both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis appropriate to conducting empirical and/or experimental research.

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Description

This course is suitable for numerate graduates across many disciplines. Non-computing graduates are eligible.

This course provides students with the ability to solve business problems and obtain actionable business insight using analytics. The focus of data analytics is on the movement, analysis and interpretation of data and how derived advanced information can inform business strategy. The programme will firstly, prepare students to work with a variety of complex, structured and unstructured data in the business environment, using appropriate statistical and computational skills and technologies. Secondly, it will enable them to articulate insights confidently when presenting reports and visualizations.

Driven by market demands Data Analytics focuses on the movement and interpretation of data, typically with a focus on the past and present in the business context, Data analytics graduates will develop skills to apply qualitative and quantitative techniques and processes used to enhance productivity and business gain.

Core units

- Business Intelligence (with SAS)
- Computational Statistics and Visualisation
- Data Analytics Project

Option units

- Business Analytics
- Data Management and Machine Learning
- Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise
- Strategic Information Systems and Technology

Career prospects

There has been a UK increase in demand of 28% for Data Analytic themed jobs since 2013 to 2015 and Britain is expected to create an average of 56,000 new big data jobs a year until 2020. There is currently a skills shortage in this field which is forecast to increase significantly up to 2020. McKinsey and Company reports that by 2018, there will be 140,000-190,000 job postings by Companies that they are unable to fill due to the lack of expertise.

The range of roles envisaged for graduates from this degree include, but are not limited to:

- Data analyst
- SQL data analyst
- Data quality analyst
- Insight data analyst
- Business intelligence analyst
- Data applications management
- Statistical data Analyst

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Professional Accreditation

The School is an educational affiliate of the British Computing Society – the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK (BCS), a member of the Oracle Academy and an Academy for the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Many of the School’s degree programmes are accredited by BCS.

The School is also an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals who recognise our expertise in the field of information and cyber security. Mathematics degree courses are approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers.

The course will be of particular interest to:

Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
Managers employed in the financial services industry;
Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

Global Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial markets and instruments in a global context, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds and equities, which are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes. The module builds on the foundations provided in ‘Global Financial Markets’. Emphasis is placed on strategic and tactical asset allocation, and on the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision making are examined in an international and global context.

Optional modules (choose 3):

International Strategic Management+: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Marketing Financial Services+ : This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Islamic Finance: This module provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the module examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing, and highlights financial engineering and risk management features of this type of business.

Financial Modelling: This module develops a combined theoretical and practical approach to mathematical modelling for specialists in finance. The module emphasises numerical methods and other analytic approaches to financial modelling.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Islamic Banking*: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business. The first part of the course outlines the theoretical foundations and development of Islamic banking practices. In particular, the main characteristics of various types of Islamic banking products are discussed. The second part of the course examines the operational features of Islamic banks, focusing on their performance and how they compete with conventional interest-based banks. The final part of the course outlines contemporary challenges to Islamic banking business.

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Financial Technology (FinTech) is concerned with the use of technology to make financial transactions more efficient. Graduates in this field will have a good understanding of finance, accounting, business information systems and analytic methods.

Our MSc FinTech is jointly provided by the departments of Accounting & Finance and Management Science where relevant expertise resides across all core competencies both in teaching and research. This is a transitional masters degree and we accept students from a variety of background who want a career is this area.

You'll gain a comprehensive skill set using a blended learning approach that combines theory, intensive practice and industrial engagement.

What you’ll study

The course is 12 months full-time, with two semesters of classes followed by an MSc dissertation project during the summer.

The first semester is designed to give you the fundamental understanding of finance and analytical methods within the context of development in FinTech practice and application.

The second semester will extend your core skills, expanding your knowledge of analytics methods, deepening your understanding of information systems and enhancing your understanding of financial markets.

'Becoming an Effective Financial Technology Analyst is a class led by industrialists in partnership with academics concerned with FinTech problems. It lets you experience the practical reality of applying analytical methods in financial technology business. Working with industrialists on real issues presents a variety of challenges. For example, data may of poor quality, decision makers can be vague concerning their requirements or the analytical technique required may not be obvious as well as convincing industrialists of the merits of the methods would all be covered in this class. Your understanding will be reinforced by experience.

The final component of the MSc course will be a FinTech focused summer dissertation project. This can be completed either through a client-based project or a desk-based research project, depending on your interests. You'll submit your dissertation in September to complete your degree requirements.

Facilities

The course will involve big data analytics using the University’s servers. Some of the content will involve interaction with the Bloomberg Trading Simulation Laboratory in the Business School.

Course content

Compulsory classes
Semester 1
-Regulations & Technology
-Principles of Finance
-Quantitative Business Analysis
-Big Data Fundamentals

Semester 2
-Business Analytics
-Business Information Systems
-Security Analysis
-Risk Management for Banks

Semester 1 & 2
-Becoming an Effective Technology Analyst

Elective classes
Choose one Accounting & Finance class from:
-Portfolio Theory & Management
-Derivatives
-Financial Management for Banks

Choose one Management Science class from:
-Stochastic Modelling for Analytics
-Business Simulation Modelling
-Risk Analysis & Management

Choose one Computer Science class from:
-Big Data Tools & Techniques
-Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Data Analytics

Learning & teaching

The programme is mainly taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and computer labs.

"Becoming an Effective Financial Technology Analyst" focuses on experiential learning. A series of semi- or unstructured business problems, typically introduced by an industrialist from the Financial Technology sector, acting as clients, outlining real problems on projects & cases that they have been involved in. Students are formed into small working groups and placed in the role of analysts/consultants with a brief of advising the client on how to tackle the problem.

Assessment

Assessment will vary across the classes but will include exams, written assignments as well as practical team and individual projects.

Careers

The course is tailored to make the graduates eminently employable in this exciting new field that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Research indicates that students with programming, data analytics and finance skills get premium starting salaries compared to graduates from any one of these disciplines.

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This new programme reflects our strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they concern emerging and developing countries. A technical training in the formal analysis of developmental economics is vital to careers involving developing countries.

Through the delivery of specialised courses in development theory, development policy and econometrics, students are provided with the analytic and technical training necessary to examine various issues pertaining to economic development in both developed and developing countries.

The skills acquired through this program can be utilised in the private and public sectors, as well as international institutions. Additionally, the programme provides appropriate training for doctoral research.

About the School of Economics

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Economics teaching has a long history at Birmingham and we pride ourselves on achieving very high levels of student satisfaction. We are a research-led department with specialisms in Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Economic Theory and Environmental Economics, to name but a few. Our commitment to teaching and research excellence ensures that our graduates benefit from very high levels of employability.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Reflecting our teaching and research strengths in this important area of economics, this MSc will give you a clear understanding of our world economy. Exposure to the various theoretical constructs and empirical analyses within this sub-discipline, as well as other core and optional modules, you will be equipped with the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to examine recent developments in the global economy – particularly those with implications for policy.

About the School of Economics

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Economics teaching has a long history at Birmingham and we pride ourselves on achieving very high levels of student satisfaction. We are a research-led department with specialisms in Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Economic Theory and Environmental Economics, to name but a few. Our commitment to teaching and research excellence ensures that our graduates benefit from very high levels of employability.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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