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Intelligence and security issues are an increasing concern for politicians and analysts around the world. The demand for experts in the field is growing as a consequence. Read more
Intelligence and security issues are an increasing concern for politicians and analysts around the world. The demand for experts in the field is growing as a consequence. This course will equip you with an understanding of key concepts and debates in intelligence and security and the current state of knowledge in the field. It will enable you to apply this new knowledge to your own field, whether as a practitioner or academic.

You will look in depth at four major themes:

Key concepts and debates in intelligence
Intelligence collection and analysis
Intelligence failure
Intelligence ethics

As well as a greater theoretical understanding of intelligence and security, this course looks at the subject from the perspective of civilian, military and police intelligence agencies as well as providing an insight into commercial intelligence activity, such as the provision of intelligence by private security companies and political risk analysis.

Combining world leading research by members of the Department of Politics and International Relations, and their practical experience in the field of intelligence, this degree will give you an opportunity to conduct advanced study on intelligence theory and practice.

The distance learning MA in Intelligence and Security is the first course in Britain and only the second worldwide to be certified by the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), an international organisation dedicated to expanding research, knowledge and professional development in intelligence education.

Who is the course for?

The MA in Intelligence and Security will be especially beneficial to you if you are seeking professional development and/or enhanced employability working with intelligence in central government, the military, the police, private security sector, non-governmental organisations, the UN or other international organisations.

By choosing to study by distance learning, you will have the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course modules

Intelligence: Key Concepts and Debates
Intelligence Techniques and Tradecraft
Intelligence Failure
Intelligence Ethics
Dissertation

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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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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Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the war in Iraq. Read more
Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the war in Iraq. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an increasing need for staff with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment.

Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues. It will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private sectors, as well as to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement.

A distinctive feature of the course lies in its combining the rigorous study of intelligence and security policy studies with practical opportunities to develop intelligence skills through case studies and simulation exercises dealing with intelligence analysis.

Modules are subject to variation but at the time of printing core modules were drawn from the following areas:
Intelligence Concepts: Theory and Policy
The Rise of the National Security State
Intelligence and Non-conventional Threats
Agency and Community Management
Case Studies in Intelligence Failure and Success
Analytical Simulation Exercise - ASE is the jewel in the MA/ISS crown. It provides students with an opportunity to undertake a simulated intelligence analysis on a real-world subject. ASE is designed to emulate the interdepartmental assessment methods of the British Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee, and gives students a chance to apply hands-on analytical principles and methods they have learned abstractly in the MA/ISS taught courses.

Dissertation: The final leg of the programme will be a supervised research dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.


Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies:

Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies is Britain's first academic centre dedicated to intelligence scholarship and policy-analysis. It includes one of Britain's most innovative scholars in the field, Dr Philip H J Davies, as well as former CIA officer and noted scholar Dr. Stephen Marrin. Dr. Kristian Gustafson, an expert on Covert Action and military intelligence doctrine, is the current director of the programme. The former senior military imagery analyst, Geoff Oxlee, OBE, joined BCISS as an Honorary Fellow and completes the core team. Together, these scholars not only produce important original research, published world-wide, but actively contribute to the success of government and business in the UK.

The centre, though, is a an inter-disciplinary endeavour, and includes participation from some of the leading Brunel University academics in the fields of cryptography, computer networking, imagery, economics and even law. Many of these experts already assist our teaching. As well, the centre benefits from the assistance, from time to time, of various officials of Her Majesty’s Government. MA/ISS, therefore, benefits from practitioner input and insight as well as instruction by leading international academics.

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Security management is a rapidly growing profession, with companies under increasing pressure to combat regulatory and actual risks. Read more
Security management is a rapidly growing profession, with companies under increasing pressure to combat regulatory and actual risks. This distance learning course provides you with the skills and expertise to overcome these challenges through the insights of intelligence professionals, the police service and security studies.

More about this course

Taught via Informa’s online learning platform, this course allows you to set your own schedule and to fit your studies around work or other commitments.

But flexible distance learning doesn’t mean missing out on high-calibre tuition. This course is taught by leading experts in each of the relevant fields, who deliver their lectures via video and audio files and tutorial discussions.

Throughout this course, you’ll examine security threats such as cybercrime, corporate espionage and identity theft on both a theoretical and practical level. You’ll look at strategies to combat these risks and how they’re implemented.

You’ll also look at security on a broader scale, relating to terrorism, intelligence analysis and the domain of public protection. This will involve studying government agencies and law enforcement, and the way intelligence can be obtained and used.

To successfully complete the course you must pass each module. Assessment will incorporate essays and coursework, with the final year culminating in a dissertation.

To find out more about the PGCert portion of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/security-management-distance-learning---pg-cert/

To find out more about the PGDip portion of this course, please view this web-page:
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/security-management-distance-learning---pg-dip/

Modular structure

The MSc programme is comprised of seven modules. You can apply direct for the MSc level but also have the option to enrol at Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) level as well.

The PGCert level is three modules of study, the PGDip comprises the same three modules plus three others and the MSc is all six modules plus a dissertation. If you enrol at one of the lower levels you also have the option of continuing your studies at the higher level on the same or future intakes. Further fees will apply.

The modules include:
-Security Studies
-Security Management
-International Financial Crime and Security
-Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
-Intelligence Analysis
-Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
-Security Management Dissertation

After the course

This course prepares you for a role working in the security and intelligence field, whether for diplomatic organisations or international companies. With the experience gained through your studies, you’ll be particularly suited to due diligence work.

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With the MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design course at City you can unravel a business system and prepare to work as an analyst within the industry. Read more
With the MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design course at City you can unravel a business system and prepare to work as an analyst within the industry.

Who is it for?

The course is for motivated students who enjoy working within high-pressure environments often to tight deadlines. You will need a good undergraduate degree as well as the tenacity and patience to understand business systems and the ability to adapt to constant change.

Objectives

There is a common misconception in building business systems: that users know their requirements. Often they don’t. This postgraduate Business Systems Analysis programme has been designed to address this problem.

The MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design is not about developing algorithms and coding. We work with technology but we are not technicians because we know that to become an IT consultant or business analyst, you need to understand the disparate areas that make up the discipline. This is a Masters degree where you will design a business system; in order to do this you will unpick the information infrastructure to find out if the system works.

Analysing a business system is a process that demands constant re-evaluation. By investigating system requirements, considering how information flows through it, and exploring the pitfalls that emerge within user hierarchies, at City we examine the business system as a whole. This approach is essential to respond to rapid business change.

These are some of the questions the course poses:
-What is the right system to address the problem?
-Does the system meet the needs of the business now and will it be able to adapt in the future?
-How is information flowing within the system?
-How will users interact with the system throughout the project life cycle?

Placements

As a student on this programme you can undertake an internship in the July to December period, for up to six months. You can work under a client’s direction for all or part of this time. Many students use the internship as an opportunity to carry out a specific project which forms the context for their final dissertation.

One current student is working within a user experience design company to investigate how scents affect the emotional perception of digital fruit images displayed on a desktop service.

Academic facilities

As a student on the MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design course you will have access to dedicated labs and use specialist software such as SAP. At City we also have access to Microsoft Dynamics ERP software to support the enterprise information system module. Microsoft Dynamics is an industry-based CRM system. As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

We provide a diversity of teaching approaches so you get a diversity of learning experiences in the form of traditional lectures, live classroom demonstrations, tutorials, laboratories, and TV studio role-playing. We encourage you to engage with the material in an active way. As a postgraduate student, we expect you to take responsibility for your own learning and use non-timetabled hours for your own private study or group interactions.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways from coursework and laboratory work to presentations, examinations and a project dissertation. By successfully completing eight taught modules and the research project you will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules in this course are supported by Moodle, City's online learning environment.

The course is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months - two days a week). The Department is aware that this involves considerable commitment from part-time students, and we try to be as flexible as we can so you can successfully combine your work and study.

By completing eight modules and the dissertation you will be awarded 180 credits and a Masters level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed the eight modules, you will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. If you successfully complete four modules (60 credits) you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

There are six core modules and four electives from which you can choose two topics. Practical work is emphasised throughout the degree programme to develop your understanding and skills, which is strengthened by interactive teamwork. The course has an excellent track record in producing employable hybrid IT/business professionals.

In the industry you need to communicate your expertise in lay terms. The modules give you experience in working on group projects so you can manage roles and responsibilities and build a set of professional values. The core content will also give you the ability to set strategies, manage information flows and deal with problems such as overload and risk.

The course develops:
-Skills in business awareness, design and consultancy to facilitate the alignment of IT systems and services to business objectives
-The specialist understanding of theoretical principles in business systems analysis and design.
-Technical skills, through practical laboratory work, so you can apply your knowledge of IT and how it affects business competitiveness.

The course will give you specialist knowledge ranging from business systems requirements analysis and design, software systems engineering, data modelling to business intelligence, project management and business engineering with ERP solutions.

Core modules
-Business engineering with ERP solutions INM342 (15 credits)
-Business intelligence & analytics INM451 (15 credits)
-Practical business systems consultancy INM353 (15 credits)
-Project management INM372 (15 credits)
-Research methods and professional issues INM373 (15 credits)
-Systems specification INM312 (15 credits)

Elective modules - choose from one module in the first term from the following:
-User-centred design INM355 (15 credits)
-Information and knowledge management INM351 (15 credits)

Choose from one module in the second term from the following:*
-Databases INM343 (15 credits)
-Information Retrieval (IR) INM351 (15 credits)

*Note: Databases is compulsory for students who do not have prior knowledge at the discretion of the programme director.

Career prospects

As a City graduate you leave with front-line knowledge. With insight from major areas of research including software engineering, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence, you will be able to assimilate your skills within the industry and offer a future-focused mindset.

From Unilever to HMV and from Accenture to ITN, City graduates are employed across sectors in consultancy companies, software houses, the public services, telecommunications, multinational manufacturers, and large retailers. The programme will help you build a strong peer network as well as a solid network of contacts for your continued career development.

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to meet the potential gap for data analysis professionals around the world,. to prepare graduates to work with data in the business environment,. Read more

Course aims

•to meet the potential gap for data analysis professionals around the world,
•to prepare graduates to work with data in the business environment,
•provide a route for students in their transition from undergraduate study to employment in data-led sectors,
•provide the opportunity to gain practical experience in databases (and achieve two professionally accredited certificates) and a rigorous understanding of applied statistics, data mining, operational research and related areas.

This is a year-long programme including two terms of taught modules, succeeded by project work during the summer term.

1st term will include course work on:
• 3 core modules --Scientific Computing, Mathematical Modelling, Programming in C++ & Advanced Algorithms AND
•1 optional module—1 out of Generalized Linear Models, Financial Mathematics, Internet & Cloud Computing).

2nd term is similar in design with:
•3 core modules--Operational Research, Data Mining & Neural Networks, Financial Services Information Systems AND
•1 optional module—1 out of Computational Methods for PDEs, Applied Statistics, Further Statistics, Game Theory, Design & Analysis of Algorithms.

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Have you ever noticed the adverts down the side of your Facebook page or received an email promoting a product you were 'looking for'? Do you wonder how this happens? Business intelligence and the insight it provides is now at the forefront of driving companies' strategic decisions. Read more
Have you ever noticed the adverts down the side of your Facebook page or received an email promoting a product you were 'looking for'? Do you wonder how this happens? Business intelligence and the insight it provides is now at the forefront of driving companies' strategic decisions. It's vital for businesses to understand their performance but, more importantly, identify their future potential.

This course teaches you to utilise data that is available to an organisation and present this information in an accessible format which will enable decision makers within a company to plan for the future.

You will study modules that are accredited by SAS - an industry leader in developing business intelligence tools - and this unique relationship will build your knowledge of their systems, enhancing your skillset to analyse data.

Whether it's to improve products, processes, consumer relationships or target customers - firms across all industries and managers across all departments benefit from good business intelligence. We will equip you with the skills to analyse data systems, advise colleagues and take a leading role in shaping a company's decisions.

You will graduate with the ability to understand the data and its sources, design and implement a data warehouse, and be able to act upon this information to support the business strategy planning. We will develop your skills in predictive analysis, report writing, identifying patterns, and how outside factors and current issues can affect the findings.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/businessintelligencesas_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Whether it's retail, insurance, banking, education, hospitals, police, medical research or the military - you will have the skills to help lead any business in any industry that uses business intelligence to make strategic decisions. If you already work in industry, possibly as a programmer or in IT, our course will help facilitate your career progression.

- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Test Consultant
- NHS Analytical Support Officer
- Corporate Performance Analyst

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

The NHS, banks and police are among those who already use SAS system tools, and you will have the opportunity to take the SAS test, a chance to become accredited to work on their systems.

SAS want to see a higher number of business intelligence graduates who possess more than just a background in maths and statistics - they also want strong computing skills. You will be one such graduate.

Guest speakers from the business intelligence industry will also improve your knowledge and understanding of how data can be used by companies to plan their next business move.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology

"We aim to provide innovation in curriculum, engagement with current industry practices and standards, and to give our students the experience of working with staff whose research has national and international reputation."

Mohammad is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology,having joined our University in June 2011 from the University of East London. A well published researcher, with over 50 refereed conference and Journal publications, his research profile includes many funded research programmes including JISC and EU FP7 projects. Mohammad’s first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then went on to complete a PhD in the 'Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Based Learning Systems' at Kingston University. In 1989 he set up one of the UK's first multimedia PC companies, 'Systems 2000'.

Facilities

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy combines elements from our existing Security and Intelligence MA and our Diplomacy programmes. Read more

Course outline

The MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy combines elements from our existing Security and Intelligence MA and our Diplomacy programmes. Like all of our MA programmes, it aims to help to prepare graduates for careers in foreign and other ministries, international organisations, international journalism and global civil society organisations or for further research. Areas of study include intelligence and international security since 1939; intelligence, tradecraft and machinery; case studies in intelligence success and failure; international law and diplomacy; foreign policy analysis; global diplomacy; security challenges and other global issues. The modules are taught intensively in lectures, seminars and small group tutorials; they assume little prior knowledge but rapidly bring students to an advanced level of understanding. Buckingham is a small academic community and students have personal and frequent access to their instructors. The programme is also suitable for those without a specific career aim in mind but who wish to acquire an advanced understanding of these subjects.

Find out more about our Department of International Studies on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/economics-international.

Entry points

You can start this course in either September, January or April.

Teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

Assessment

Assessment will take the form of written assignments and examinations and an individually supervised 12,500-word dissertation. Candidates whose total average mark is above 70 are awarded the MA with Distinction; those whose total average mark is between 60 and 69 are awarded the MA with Merit; those whose total average mark is between 50 and 59 are awarded the MA and those whose total average mark is between 40 and 49 are awarded the Diploma.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/intelligence-diplomacy.

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The Data Science and Computational Intelligence MSc has been designed to provide an industry-relevant programme that meets the needs of individuals wishing to pursue a research and development career in data science and computational intelligence. Read more
The Data Science and Computational Intelligence MSc has been designed to provide an industry-relevant programme that meets the needs of individuals wishing to pursue a research and development career in data science and computational intelligence.

Students will acquire knowledge, skills and expertise required for the analysis, interpretation and visualisation of complex, high-volume, high-dimensional and structured/unstructured data from varying sources. The programme will be delivered through activity-led and problem-based learning in the context of current research or industrial consultancy projects conducted by the academics teaching on the course. Students will explore cutting-edge research topics and technologies in order to maximise their professional career prospects.

The course has a carefully designed set of options that allows the individual to customise their programme of study according to their preferences, strengths and future plans.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

If you choose this course you will benefit from the excellent modern facilities including specialist computing labs with high-performance hardware and industry-standard software. There will be opportunities for joint projects with local companies, guest lectures and interacting with employers. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in projects pursued by our research groups in: Computational Intelligence; Intelligent Information Modelling and retrieval; Distributed Systems and Modelling; Interactive Worlds; Digital Security and Forensics and Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies. Every year our students present their best work at the yearly Computing Show which attracts abundance of potential employers. You will work in collaborative international environment, which reflects the globalised nature of the computing industries. You can also get involved in variety of extra curricula activities including social events, trips and computing.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Mandatory study topics
-Artificial Neural Networks (15 credits)
-Machine Learning and Data Mining (15 credits)
-Fuzzy Logic and Evolutionary Computing (15 credits)
-Intelligent Information retrieval (15 credits)
-Business Intelligence and Big Data Processing (15 credits)
-Cloud Computing and Distributed Technologies (15 credits)
-Project dissertation (60 credits)

The remainder of the programme is bespoke, made up of topics from areas such as:
-IT Project Management (15 credits)
-Internet Systems Development (15 credits)
-Open Systems Application Development (15 credits)

The Data Science and Computational Intelligence postgraduate programme includes the completion of an individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, the MSc project serves to provide a method of applying previous learning whilst further developing the skills necessary to carry out research and facilitate the acquisition of valuable professional experience integral to that of a computer professional.

The MSc project serves to integrate and apply the subjects studied. The project could be industry-based or undertaken in collaboration with one of the University research groups, within the cognate area of this MSc.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The course presents existing opportunities in pursuing careers as data scientists, data professionals and data analysts in variety of sectors including financial services, retail, marketing, customer and business intelligence. On Completion of the course, graduates should be equipped with sought after, specialist knowledge and skills by industries which deal with very large volumes of data.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Business Intelligence is basically about concepts and methods to improve business decision making by using fact-based support systems. Read more
Business Intelligence is basically about concepts and methods to improve business decision making by using fact-based support systems. Business Intelligence as a discipline is made up of several related activities, including data mining, analytical processing and business process improvement.

The programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of methods for analysing data to support decision-making and for improving business processes on the basis of business analytics.

The programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about

- Methods for analysing data to support decision making
- How to improve business processes on the basis of business analytics

The courses of the programme will provide you with analytical skills to identify new business opportunities or identify inefficient business processes. The teaching form of the program encourages student participation and this in combination with the final thesis work will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PREREQUISITE COURSES

In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In Business Analytics gives the student a set of tools and models that are essential for the design and evaluation of empirical investigations that can support decisions in the business intelligence area. The course will cover major research tools including research design, experiments,response models and forecasting.

IS Development & Implementation in a Business Context introduces a range of methods and techniques that can be used to understand, plan and execute the processes in which information systems are developed, implemented, evaluated and modified to enable the student to participate in the development, acquisition and implementation of information systems.

Data Warehousing provides the student with knowledge about the wide variety of database management systems available for a data warehouse solution and how to choose a solution that is relevant for the business intelligence project in question.

SAS and SQL for Business Analytics provides the student with skills to conduct proper data analysis using some of the most flexible environments available. Focus will be on data management and data manipulation with the purpose to prepare for a statistical analysis.

SPECIALISATION COURSES

In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

Data Mining for Business Decisions teaches students how to work with large datasets and how relationships in such data can be detected with the purpose to transform data into knowledge. Business applications cover a broad range from marketing to accounting, logistics and supply chain management.

In Advanced Market Research the focus is on analytical customer relationship management. The course is devoted to customer base analysis and predictive modelling with a primary focus on customer lifetime value and customer retention.

Supply Chain Management aims to provide an introduction and a framework of the design and operations of performance management in contemporary supply chains.

Project Management aims to introduce the contents of general project management competences and provide the students with skills to manage a BI project.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at the school during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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The Master's degree programme in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics covers both organisational knowledge and technological know-how. Read more
The Master's degree programme in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics covers both organisational knowledge and technological know-how. Besides more advanced knowledge of administration systems, students also gain a thorough insight into management concepts and supporting information technologies that ensure and improve companies' business efficiency. The special focus here is on Corporate Performance Management (CPM), which uses Business Intelligence (BI) for support in all corporate areas.

The degree programme also looks at quantitative methods and analytical applications with the aim of using the flood of business data profitably.

A compulsory semester abroad at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Mendoza Argentina (http://www.frm.utn.edu.ar/) helps raise students' awareness of international specifics. The entire course is taught in Englisch.

Career options

Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics can support companies in choosing, implementing, applying and maintaining Business Intelligence solutions. They act as the interface between a company's management and the IT department, providing coordination between these vital corporate organisations.

Typical working areas and job opportunities are:

As "Data Scientist", the graduates will function as the intersection between IT and department as well as the company management. They will build analytical models for economic tasks (e.g. in the area of Data Mining).
As "BI Specialist", the graduates will work in the IT department to support integrated Data Warehouses. Out of the variety of data, they are able to extract the data needed for specific economic tasks.
As "Business Analyst", the graduates will analyze the company processes and develop company-wide BI-strategies for their support.
Additionally, extensive knowledge in IT, data analysis and management make the graduates to attractive candidates for consulting agencies.

The obtained master's degree (M.Sc.) will qualify the graduates according to international standards also for obtaining a Ph.D. in the field of Information systems Research (ISR), e.g. in cooperation with Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences or Kingston University.

Curriculum

During the first semester at the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (http://www.hs-neu-ulm.de), the Master's degree programme in Business Intelligence und Business Analytics provides students with broad-ranging knowledge of corporate strategies, Business Intelligence and Information Systems.

During the second semester at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Mendoza in Argentina students learn quantitative methods, analytical applications, key aspects of communication management and the culture and history of the partner country.

At the start of the third semester, students carry out a research project that will help them write their thesis during the same semester.

Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

The Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) provides Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in business management. Thanks to partnerships with business companies and lecturers with management experience, the courses are very much practice-related. The HNU promotes cultural and social skills, and international mobility. Small study groups enable an
intensive mentoring and create a familiar atmosphere.

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Our IT systems and devices are constantly creating data and the amount of data created and stored grows exponentially. Data, and in particular patterns and trends within data, have the ability to inform and provide valuable insights, that help us predict and diagnose specific outcomes. Read more
Our IT systems and devices are constantly creating data and the amount of data created and stored grows exponentially. Data, and in particular patterns and trends within data, have the ability to inform and provide valuable insights, that help us predict and diagnose specific outcomes. Whilst the amount of data grows, the science of gaining insights from this data grows with it. Industry, research institutions and government all seek to extract value from data to improve products and services, serve their customers better and run more operationally efficient organisations. Specialists in Business Intelligence use their mathematical, computational and presentational skills to mine data from enterprise information systems and elsewhere for value and their skills are highly sort after. There is a significant shortage of skilled Business Intelligence specialists and so there are many job opportunities available.

We have designed this MSc course in consultation with industry partners.

Having this close understanding of what industry needs makes this course relatively unique and the very best suited to those looking for a career in helping businesses to make better decisions.

The course will be of specific interest to :

A mathematics graduate wishing to use your skills in a vocational business based environment
A computer science graduate wishing to follow a vocational route
Individuals currently working in Business and looking to grow their career through gaining Data Science and Business Analytics skills
We have developed a number of modules to make up this MSc:

Business Intelligence Foundation
Managing Data and Data Warehousing
Data Exploration and Analysis
Statistics and Operational Research
Operations Management and Performance Improvement (option)
Data Visualisation and Presentation (option)
Business Decision Making (option)
The 1 year full time MSc course will be stimulating and interactive, making use of lectures, self-learning, workshops and hands-on projects.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor from the start of your course who will work with you throughout your studies to help you achieve your academic best.

The knowledge we provide you with in these areas will give you all of the essential know-how on methods, tools and techniques to deliver in your career in Business Intelligence.

The modules will be focused on the practical application of theoretical concepts using a range of contemporary enterprise management knowledge systems.

The project work we have imbedded within the course has been chosen and developed based on real-world scenarios across a range of industry and government sectors and is specifically designed to:

Provide an essential link between your theoretical learning and real-world challenges
Create an environment where you decide the methods and tools best suited to the challenge based on what you have learnt
Recreate some of the challenges facing industry today and those very similar to what you will encounter in the workplace
Be adaptable to reflect new methods / tools and scenarios in this fast developing discipline
Be able upon completion of the projects to reference your experience in working with such challenges
Fees for 2017

Home fees - 1 year full-time: £8000.00

International fees: £10,920.00

Our facilities
You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions.

All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’.

You will have access to the very best IT facilities in order to support your studies.

These range from computer labs to access to cloud analytics from the leading providers.

We will use software from the academic programs of the major enterprise I.T. vendors such as IBM and SAP as well as commonly used open source programs and frameworks.

From September 2018, many of the teaching sessions will take place in the purpose-built Engineering and Digital Technology building in the Bognor Regis campus.

What's more, you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more.

Where this can take you
The course has been designed to provide you with a very practical understanding of the issues associated with sourcing, curating, analysing and presenting data in business and other public sector and not-for-profit organisations. On completion of your MSc studies and successful graduation, you will have very transferable skills and can choose to move directly in to the workplace.

Indicative modules
Business Intelligence Foundation (20 Credits)
Managing Data and Data Warehousing (20 Credits)
Data Exploration and Analysis (20 Credits)
Statistics and Operational Research (20 Credits)
Operations Management and Performance Improvement (option) (20 Credits)
Data Visualisation and Presentation (option) (20 Credits)
Business Decision Making (option) (20 Credits)
Dissertation/Project (60 Credits)
Teaching and Assessment
Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to mirror the workplace environment. With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

We place a lot of emphasis on course work related activity.
Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects. These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe in breadth and depth, acquiring a mix of in-depth knowledge, analytical and research skills, and theoretical understanding. Read more
This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe in breadth and depth, acquiring a mix of in-depth knowledge, analytical and research skills, and theoretical understanding. Regions covered include central and Eastern Europe, the western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union.

Degree information

The programme tackles issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, corruption, ethno-political conflict, foreign policy and security in both thematic and area/country-oriented modules. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. All students take a core module in political analysis and have the option of learning Russian or another East European language.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules - students take two core modules of 15 credits each, one of which much be 'Political Analysis'
-Political Analysis

And at least one chosen from:
-Qualitative Methods
-Understanding and Analysing Data
-Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
-Introduction to Discourse Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules - choose from a list including the following:
-Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
-Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
-Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
-Making of Modern Ukraine
-Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
-Russian Politics
-Security, Identity, Polarity
-Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
-Russian Foreign Policy
-Baltic Politics and Society

Dissertation/report
All MA students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, workshops and classes. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research dissertation.

Careers

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia.

Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Parliamentary Researcher, Houses of Parliament
-DPhil Sociology, University of Oxford
-Reporter, Bloomberg L.P
-Research Associate, BCG (The Boston Consulting Group)
-Senior Associate, Business Intelligence Services, Deloitte Forensic UK

Employability
The range of modules offered allows students either to focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. The MA opens up a range of opportunities and previous graduates from this programme have gone on to work in think tanks; political parties; national, European and international private and public sector organisations; and in the media and in NGOs as political analysts. Other graduates have gone on to further academic study. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia.

Our MA allows you to study the political development of the region in unparalleled breadth and depth and to develop analytical and research capabilities, language skills and practical insights.

Our nationally unequalled specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policy-makers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

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Drawing on our research excellence in this area, this innovative programme of study in big data and business intelligence is designed to give graduates a competitive advantage in the modern, fast growing business domain. Read more
Drawing on our research excellence in this area, this innovative programme of study in big data and business intelligence is designed to give graduates a competitive advantage in the modern, fast growing business domain. This is one of the first MSc programmes in the UK covering these leading-edge technologies. The programme provides students with the deeper knowledge, advanced skills and understanding that will allow them to contribute to the development and design of big data systems as well as distributed/internet-enabled decision support application software systems, using appropriate technologies, architectures and techniques (e.g. data analytics, business intelligence, NoSQL, data mining, data warehousing, distributed data management and technologies, Hadoop, etc.).

Additionally, the programme enables students to understand and assess the security and legal implications of e-commerce applications and provides students with appropriate knowledge of business and commerce relevant to transacting business on the internet. The courses take a software engineering approach to the construction of applications and focus on modern software engineering methods, tools and techniques that enable an integrated life-cycle software development view.

Through our short course centre opportunity may also be provided to study for the following professional qualifications: Microsoft Technology Associate Exams; Certified Professional Java SE Programmer; Java Certified Associate; Oracle Certified Associate (OCA).

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/com/cgbdbi

Computing - General

Come and study in the award-winning Department of Computing & Information Systems on the magnificent Greenwich Campus. Welcoming home and international students from all backgrounds, CIS provides an exciting, diverse and friendly environment in which to study.

The latest university league table published in the Sunday Times, has rated the computer science department as seventh in the UK for teaching excellence.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

PG Project (CIS) (60 credits)
Data Warehousing (15 credits)
Database Architectures and Administration (15 credits)
Database Tools (15 credits)
Business Intelligence and Data Mining (15 credits)
Enterprise Systems Integration (15 credits)
Big Data (15 credits)
Essential Professional and Academic Skills for Masters Students
English Language Support Course (for Postgraduate Students in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Requirements Analysis & Methods (15 credits)
Software Tools and Techniques (15 credits)
User Centred Web Engineering (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

System Modelling (15 credits)
Systems Development Management and Governance (15 credits)
Programming Enterprise Components (15 credits)
Multi-structured Data and NoSQL Technology (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Database Architectures and Administration (15 credits)
Business Intelligence and Data Mining (15 credits)
Enterprise Systems Integration (15 credits)
Big Data (15 credits)
Essential Professional and Academic Skills for Masters Students
English Language Support Course (for Postgraduate Students in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

PG Project (CIS) (60 credits)
Data Warehousing (15 credits)
Database Tools (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Requirements Analysis & Methods (15 credits)
Software Tools and Techniques (15 credits)
User Centred Web Engineering (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

System Modelling (15 credits)
Systems Development Management and Governance (15 credits)
Programming Enterprise Components (15 credits)
Multi-structured Data and NoSQL Technology (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On successful graduation from this degree, the student will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilled the education requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci). For a full Chartered status there are additional requirements, including work experience. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers as data scientists, database designers and administrators, consultants, senior team members, programmers, analysts.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This course builds on your previous knowledge of computer science and Information Technology (IT), and aims to provide you with an in-depth specialism in the fields of cyber security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. Read more
This course builds on your previous knowledge of computer science and Information Technology (IT), and aims to provide you with an in-depth specialism in the fields of cyber security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. You will gain advanced and in-depth knowledge of penetration testing, cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering and software vulnerability and will exploit research using a very hands-on approach. You will gain practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security including penetration testing, digital forensics, cyber warfare and threat intelligence. Moreover, you will learn how to apply your skills in analysis, testing and maintenance of software systems or enterprise networks from a cyber security perspective.

Key benefits

• We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

• The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

• Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/cyber-security,-threat-intelligence-and-forensics

Course detail

You will use your penetration testing and vulnerability assessment skills in finding weaknesses in existing devices and applications and to advise developers or network administrators to secure their application or environment. Your cyber forensics skills can be used to identify, collect, preserve and analyse a wide range of digital evidences and present them in the court of law. You will use your knowledge of programming to analyse different malwares to determine how they work and how countermeasures can be developed. Only a small percentage of cyber security professionals are capable of analysing advanced persistent threats and are capable of understanding and managing malware campaigns. Finally, your cyber threat intelligence knowledge and skills will help you to strategically fight against organised cyber crimes, understand and analyse cyber warfare activities and propose appropriate defensive and offensive mechanisms to reduce or eliminate those risks.

You will have close and active contact with industry experts with the opportunity to attend regular industry guest lecture programs in cyber security while you operate within a well-formed professional and ethical framework.

Suitable For

Suitable for graduates of a computing subject that includes programming and networking, and who love go down to a low level to discover how things work.

Format

• Projects and assignments enable you to apply what you have learned to a realistic problem; to develop independent learning skills; to demonstrate an ability make decisions in uncertain situations; and to develop your ability to compare and contrast alternative technologies.
• Group activities in class are used to develop your team working and professional skills (though all assessment is individual).
Supervised work in computer laboratories is used to put into practice principles you have covered in supporting lectures.
• Research skills are integral to the program, and you will be required to critique examples of work and then carry out your own research-based investigations in our assignments.
• The issue of professionalism and ethics is woven in throughout the programme, and issues must be identified and addressed as part of all assignments and projects.

Modules

• Cyber Forensics and Malware Investigation
• Information Security in Practice
• Penetration Testing and Exploit Development
• Cyber Threat Intelligence
• Project

Assessment

• Examination (20%) assesses your immediate response to small or medium unseen problems
• Coursework (45%) assesses your considered and in-depth response to a larger problem
• Project (35%) assesses your ability to work independently, to plan a significant activity and, in carrying out the plan, to demonstrate originality in the application of your knowledge.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this course can work in a wide variety of technical security roles within business, banking, software, networking, government, consultancy, etc. This would include roles such as malware analyzer, penetration tester, information security manager, security consultant, forensics investigator or security programmer. There is a significant worldwide skills shortage in this area, particularly for graduates with the in-depth technical knowledge and skills that are developed by this course.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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