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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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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 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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This master's degree aims to provide students with professional training in computer engineering, telematic engineering and related ambits that specialise in Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence. Read more
This master's degree aims to provide students with professional training in computer engineering, telematic engineering and related ambits that specialise in Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence. Specifically, the master's degree:
-Provides students with the skills to use advanced ICT for designing and implementing safe intelligent systems.
-Provides students with the skills to use advanced ICT to ensure the safety of information in applications, services and ICT systems and the privacy of their users.
-Provides students with the skills to lead, manage and carry out ICT systems projects based on Artificial Intelligence.
-Provides students with the skills to innovate and conduct research in the field of Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence.

Student Profile

Students wishing to study the master's degree should possess the following personal and academic qualities:
-Bachelor's degree in computer engineering
-Knowledge of Engineering Programming and Mathematics.
-Personal maturity and skills deriving from their previous university training that will be strengthened and improved further by the master's degree (e.g. work planning, knowledge of information research tools, oral and written communications skills, English, the ability to work in a team or autonomously).

Career Opportunities

The Master's produces professionals with the skills to work in the following positions, among others:
-Head of Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence projects.
-Management of groups of developers for Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence projects.
-Analyst of advanced ICT applications, particularly in the ambits of Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence.
-Academic and research career in universities and research centres.

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Marketing managers oversee the research that provides market knowledge to help guide their decisions. This double degree (Groningen and BI Oslo) will teach you how to become a market-oriented manager. Read more
Marketing managers oversee the research that provides market knowledge to help guide their decisions. This double degree (Groningen and BI Oslo) will teach you how to become a market-oriented manager.

How can you obtain knowledge about what your customer really wants? How can you implement this knowledge in a financially sound marketing plan? How can insights from marketing research be used in marketing plans?

Truly market-oriented (marketing) managers need customer insights to guide decision-making on issues such as which markets to target, which new products to develop, and what communication themes and channels will best build customer and brand equity.

In the Groningen programme the focus is on customer relations and gaining insight into customers. You will learn to collect qualitative and quantitative data about customers and to analyze it using the latest and most advanced marketing research methods.

In the Oslo programme the focus is on strategic marketing theory, statistical methods and financial implications of marketing investments. In both programmes, practitioners in the field relate theory to practice.

The two degrees you get are:
* MSc in Marketing/profile Marketing Intelligence (University of Groningen)
* MSc in Strategic Marketing Management (BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo)

Degree: MA/MSc in Marketing

Why in Groningen?

The programme is a unique combination of two degrees, in Groningen and Oslo. You learn about marketing research and strategic marketing management in an international environment. Besides, it is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

This double degree has been designed for individuals who aspire to a career as a market researcher in the private or public sector, as a strategic marketing expert, customs relations manager, product or brand manager, database analyst or market intelligence expert.

Graduates qualify for a range of positions in international, multinational or transnational companies.

Some examples:
› strategic marketing expert› customer relationship manager› market researcher› product or brand manager› database analyst or market intelligence expert

Graduates have also acquired the qualifications to enter PhD programmes and work in international research institutions.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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This Bologna-style two-year Master’s degree is taught entirely in English. You can elect to take a Russian course when in Moscow, which can be a beginner's course. Read more
This Bologna-style two-year Master’s degree is taught entirely in English.

You can elect to take a Russian course when in Moscow, which can be a beginner's course. The course consists of the larger British-style modules taught over 20 weeks and smaller modules as taught at MGIMO. The subject area covers general topics in the area of international relations and contemporary international affairs, but allows you to specialise in subjects relating to Russia in an international context or else in more general sub-areas such as diplomacy, media or business economics. No knowledge of Russian necessary!

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Modules include:
-International relations
-International security studies
-(Year 2 at MGIMO) Political process in contemporary Russia
-Foundations of Russia’s foreign policy
-Russian language module (beginner’s or advanced)

EMPLOYABILITY

Our graduates have gone into many walks of life, from UK Ambassador, military officer, members of the SAS or intelligence analyst, to banker, political analyst, university lecturer, staff college lecturer, journalist, official in an international organisation, or policeman. Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, work for charitable foundations or parliament. Our courses give both a deep understanding of the specific subject matter and a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers.

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This MSc, designed by a panel of academic departments, industrial partners and law enforcement and security agencies, introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and advanced, evidence-driven methodological tools and approaches required to understand, analyse, prevent, disrupt and detect organised crime and terrorism. Read more
This MSc, designed by a panel of academic departments, industrial partners and law enforcement and security agencies, introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and advanced, evidence-driven methodological tools and approaches required to understand, analyse, prevent, disrupt and detect organised crime and terrorism.

Degree information

Students develop an understanding of how science, engineering and a variety of professional disciplines can contribute to tackling organised crime and terrorism. By the end of the programme, they will be able to apply appropriate scientific principles and methods to security problems, think strategically to develop and implement countermeasures, and appreciate the complexity involved in the design and implementation of organised crime and terrorism threat-reduction technologies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Students are required to complete five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising five core modules (75 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits), and which may lead to the MSc, is offered.

Core modules
-Perspectives on Organised Crime
-Perspectives on Terrorism
-Foundations of Security and Crime Science
-Designing and Doing Research
-Quantitative Methods

Optional modules - students choose three of the following:
-Qualitative Methods
-Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis
-Investigation and Detection
-Cybercrime
-Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
-Risk and Contingency Planning
-Introduction to Cybersecurity
-Prevention and Disruption
-Terrorism (External – Political Science)

NB: places for optional modules are awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

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

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects and laboratory classes. Student performance is assessed through laboratory and project reports, unseen written examination, coursework, presentations, and the research project and dissertation.

Careers

This unique linking of organised crime and terrorism, and the study of methodologies that can practically tackle both of these areas, means that this MSc holds appeal for employers across a broad range of industries.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Consultant, BAE Systems
-Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Avon and Somerset Constabulary
-Detective, Metropolitan Police Service
-Field Intelligence Officer, West Mercia Police
-Head of Counter Terrorism (Deputy Inspector General), Government of Pakistan

Employability
This programme equips students with the knowledge to develop operational strategies to counter organised crime and terrorism. This unique linking of organised crime and terrorism, and the study of methodologies that can practically tackle both of these areas, means that this MSc holds appeal for employers across a broad range of industries.

Each year we ask our graduates to tell us about their experience of the programme and their career after leaving UCL and we include some real-life graduate profiles on our website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/scs/degree-programmes/postgraduate/graduate-profiles

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Jill Dando Institute, of which UCL Security & Crime Science is the core component, is the first research institution in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

This MSc programme is delivered by experienced practitioners and researchers working in counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, risk assessment and security technology. It boasts a unique multidisciplinary platform, being the only postgraduate programme of its kind in the world taught in a faculty of engineering sciences, integrating the cutting-edge of the social and engineering sciences in the security domain.

Our graduate students come from varied backgrounds; many are practitioners and are encouraged to contribute their experience in and out of the classroom.

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The Ancient History MA is an intercollegiate degree programme of the University of London. It offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific period or topic, explore adjacent disciplines, and acquire technical skills in such areas as archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, and textual criticism. Read more
The Ancient History MA is an intercollegiate degree programme of the University of London. It offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific period or topic, explore adjacent disciplines, and acquire technical skills in such areas as archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, and textual criticism.

Degree information

Students gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of and approaches to ancient history. They develop the ability to assess historical evidence critically and synthesise historical data from printed, manuscript, archaeological, numismatic, epigraphic, and papyrological sources, and are equipped with the tools necessary for further research in this field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (40 credits), two to four optional modules (80 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules:
-Sources and Methods in Ancient History

Optional modules - options include the following (for a list of what is available in any given year please see our departmental website page):
-Ancient Rome on Film
-Change and Continuity in the Ancient Near East
-The City of Rome (BA/MA), (Royal Holloway)
-Economic and Social History of Archaic and Classical Greece
-Economic and Social History of Rome (Royal Holloway)
-Greek and Latin language at various levels
-Greek Epigraphy
-Greek Historiography
-Greek Law and Lawcourts (Royal Holloway)
-Greek Papyrology
-Latin Epigraphy
-Lived Religion in Ancient Greece
-The Making of the Christian Empire AD 284-425
-Persepolis (King's College London)
-Propaganda and Ideology in Rome
-Roman Britain (King's College London)
-Roman Egypt

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project in the field of Ancient History, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures and museum visits. Most teaching is available inside UCL, but some is held in other London colleges. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework essays, and the dissertation.

Careers

This degree provides an outstanding foundation for those wishing to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career. It is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museums and heritage and the education sector.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Head of Admissions, Unspecified International School in London
-Consulting Intern, Oracle Corporation
-Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury Publishing
-Senior Intelligence Analyst, British Transport Police
-Senior Executive Officer, Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

Employability
Students develop an enviable range of skills by taking this degree. Debates, small-group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. The analytical and research skills gained are also highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with UCL History alumni.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

This intercollegiate programme is taught jointly with King's College London and Royal Holloway, University of London, and students benefit from the international expertise and wealth of resources that the three colleges have to offer.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Institute of Classical Studies, the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

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The International Public Policy MSc at UCL provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate in world affairs. Read more
The International Public Policy MSc at UCL provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate in world affairs. The programme brings together the academic study of international relations with analysis of public policy formulation and governance beyond the nation-state.

Degree information

Students are equipped with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making within the general theories of international relations, political science, public policy and comparative politics. They develop analytical skills for the study of world politics and the assessment of issues currently facing international policymakers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-International Organisation (30)
-Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
-Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
-Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Optional modules - choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the others remain available as options):
-Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
-Global Public Policy (15)
-International Political Economy (15)
-Theories of International Relations (15)

Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits. The following are suggestions:
-Global Economic and Social Rights (15)
-Making Policy Work (15)
-Policy-Making and Regulation in Europe (15)
-The European Union in the World (15)
-The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)

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

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and includes a policy simulation and a series of talks with leading practitioners and policymakers. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including unseen examination, long essays and the dissertation.

Careers

Graduate destinations both nationally and internationally include:
-Civil servants in departments in central or local government in the UK and overseas.
-Policy officers and researchers for UK members of parliament and Members of the European Parliament.
-The European Commission (for example through internships).
-Public and private sector organisations such as: Universities UK, Transport for London, The Legal Services Commission, Accenture, -Japan International Cooperation Agency, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations Development Programme, Deloitte and Touche.
-Further research study at UCL or other universities in the UK or overseas.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Embassy Trainee, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lusaka
-VSO ICS SW Bangladesh Team Leader, Voluntary Service Overseas
-Business Intelligence Analyst, Edinburgh International
-Civil Servant, Department for Education
-Compliance and Security Analyst, Return Path

Employability
Students are prepared for a number of potential careers ranging from additional academic work to employment in both the public and private sector. Previous students have secured employment in government agencies in the UK and abroad. A large number of students also find work in the financial sector, including investment banking and consulting. The success of previous students is attributable to the rigorous methods training provided, as well as the diversity of the modules offered.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of international public policy.

London features an enormous range of seminars, conferences, and other events on issues related to the programme. These provide a means for students to expand their knowledge and extend their professional networks.

The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training students receive are of the highest standard available, at one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.

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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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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. Read more

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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We are surrounded by data. The variety and amount we collect and store grows every day, from the simplest of retail transactions to the complex and intimate medical records of millions.

There is increasing demand for individuals who can manage and control the way data is used. These individuals require an understanding of computer science and maths as well as a range of sector specific skills.

The emerging era of ‘big data’ brought about by the digital technology revolution shows no signs of abating. In this era, demand for data scientists will continue to grow, with a report from e-skills UK predicting the generation of approximately 28,000 data science jobs opportunities each year by 2017.

There are a broad range of job opportunities which require data science skills, including Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Data Manager, Data Analyst, Data Architect and Data Modelling and Data Mining Engineer.

The course

This Data Science and Analytics MSc is a highly flexible course, with a wide range of option modules taught by research-active academics. The course combines expertise from our School of Mathematics, School of Computing, School of Business, School of Geography, and the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics. This collaboration allows you to benefit from a range of data science perspectives and applications, supporting you to tailor your learning to your career ambitions.

You’ll be supported to develop a range of skills, including analysing structured and unstructured data, analysing large datasets, and critically evaluating results in context.

Course structure

The first two semesters of your course will consist of taught modules, and in the third semester you will devote your time to a dissertation in data science.

Within each semester there is one compulsory module and a wide range of optional modules spanning the areas of mathematics, computing, business, health care and geography. The aim is to support you in developing your understanding of computer science and mathematics, with specific pathways in business management, health care and geographic information systems (GIS), allowing you to tailor the programme to your ambitions.

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Centennial College's Marketing Research and Analytics program positions you at the forefront of a cutting edge job market in which organizations have oceans of data available to them but struggle to make sense of it as marketing becomes increasingly data-driven. As a result, there is a large and growing demand for trained researchers who can harness the power of big data using the latest tools and analytical techniques to uncover new insights and drive businesses forward.

This Marketing Research and Analytics program combines advanced courses in marketing research and big data analytics with training on leading commercial technologies and platforms and the opportunity to gain in-demand industry certifications.

This program equips you with knowledge, skills and training in leading business intelligence and marketing research technologies and tools used in the field. Among them are SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner, Environics Analytics Envision (used to develop comprehensive profiles of selected target markets), SPSS, Tableau (the leading data visualization software), Excel, XL Miner, Dell Factiva and NVIVO (qualitative research and text analysis software).

Upon graduation, you receive an Ontario Graduate Certificate from Centennial College, plus certificates of recognition from SAS and Environics Canada. In addition, you are put on an accelerated track to earning the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation, the premier credential in Canadian marketing research from the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA).

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-The Marketing – Research and Analytics program combines marketing research principles and skills with cutting edge "big data" analytics techniques to equip you with the training required to deliver insights and strategies to help organizations make smarter and more impactful business decisions.
-Employed is an extensive use of learner-centered approaches such as case studies, simulations and project-based learning, with a focus on developing project management, teamwork, analytical thinking, and report writing and presentation skills.
-Hands-on learning covers areas such as questionnaire design, data manipulation, quality control, statistical output and program development.
-There is a strong focus on applying marketing research and analytics to strategic marketing decision-making.
-In the second semester, you develop and implement a capstone project that will integrate and apply your learning.
-In addition to market research technologies, you also have access to the full suite of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Excel, XL Miner, Access and PowerPoint.
-Once you graduate, you have the option to take the Comprehensive Marketing Research Exam (CMRE) on campus at Centennial College, which leads to the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation.

Articulation Agreements
Start with a graduate certificate, and continue to a master of business administration through our degree completion partnership. Successful graduates of this Marketing – Research and Analytics program may choose to continue with courses leading to a graduate degree.

Career Outlook
-Marketing research specialist or analyst
-Research analyst
-Marketing research and intelligence coordinator
-Market intelligence specialist or analyst
-Customer insights analyst
-Consumer research manager
-Business intelligence analyst
-Market research analytics manager
-Web marketing analyst
-Customer experience analyst
-CRM analyst
-Direct response analyst
-Digital marketing analyst
-Social media analyst
-Data and analytics specialist
-Business analytics specialist
-Loyalty program analyst
-Sales analyst
-Marketing strategy analyst

Program Outcomes
-Optimize the financial results produced by interactive marketing programs through the application of marketing analytics
-Contribute to the design of a marketing analytics team project (develop charter, business case financials, technical requirements, design, test plan, test results, approval to proceed) and the management of the resulting project
-Create, manage and mine, and apply modelling and decision making functions to a database
-Utilize data auditing techniques and quality control processes that are consistent with current marketing research codes of conduct and Canadian privacy principles to ensure the integrity of the data collection, storage, analysis and presentation processes
-Compare and contrast, evaluate and select appropriate data sources to meet specific marketing objectives
-Conduct industry, competitor and customer analyses using a wide variety of secondary research sources
-Produce reliable and analyzable data through the application of sound questionnaire design principles to marketing research projects
-Design marketing research projects and interactive marketing programs that are founded in sound sampling techniques, hypothesis testing and research design
-Solve business and marketing problems by identifying, selecting and applying effective, current and relevant techniques such as descriptive and inferential analysis
-Prepare provisional output of analyses including cross-tabulations and pivot tables that address the needs of analysts and prepare final output, including research reports, presentation sides and visual representations of data that address the needs of management
-Develop actionable recommendations based on situation analyses and research findings

Areas of Employment
-Retail corporations
-Organizations with in-house analytical and research functions
-Marketing research firms

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You will focus on developing solutions to real-world problems associated with the changing nature of IT infrastructure and increasing volumes of data, through the use of applications and case studies, while gaining a deep appreciation of the underlying models and techniques. You will also gain a greater understanding of the impact technological advances have on nature and practices adopted within the business intelligence and analytics practices, and know how to adapt to these changes.

Course content

Embedded into the course are two key themes. The first will help you to develop your skills in the use and application of various technologies, architectures, techniques, tools and methods. These include warehousing and data mining, distributed data management, and the technologies, architectures, and appropriate middleware and infrastructures supporting application layers. The second theme will enhance your knowledge of algorithms and the quantitative techniques suitable for analysing and mining data and developing decision models in a broad range of application areas. The project consolidates the taught subjects covered, while giving you the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in your chosen area.

Teaching approaches include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. You will also learn through extensive course work, class presentations, group research work, and the use of a range of industry standard software such as R, Python, Simul8, Palisade Decision Tools, Hadoop and Oracle.

Taught modules may be assessed entirely through course work, or may include a two-hour exam at the end of the year.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-BUSINESS ANALYTICS
-DATA MINING AND MACHINE LEARNING
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-BUSINESS SYSTEMS POSTGRADUATE PROJECT

Option modules
-ADVANCED BIG DATA ANALYTICS
-BUSINESS OPTIMISATION
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-DATA WAREHOUSING AND OLAP
-DATA REPOSITORIES PRINCIPLES AND TOOLS
-SIMULATION MODELLING: RISK, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS
-WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS

Associated careers

Graduates can expect to find employment as consultants, decision modelling or advanced data analyst, and members of technical and analytics teams supporting management decision making in diverse organisations. Typical employers include local authorities, PLCs (such as GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential, Santander and Unilever), public sector organisations (such as the NHS and primarily care trusts), retail head offices, the BBC, the Civil Service and the host of banks, brokers and regulators that makeup the city, along with all the specialist support consultancies in IT and market research and forecasting, all of the whom us data for the full range of decision making.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT professional.

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You will focus on developing solutions to real-world problems associated with the changing nature of IT infrastructure and increasing volumes of data, through the use of applications and case studies, while gaining a deep appreciation of the underlying models and techniques. You will also gain a greater understanding of the impact technological advances have on nature and practices adopted within the business intelligence and analytics practices, and know how to adapt to these changes.

Course content

Embedded into the course are two key themes. The first will help you to develop your skills in the use and application of various technologies, architectures, techniques, tools and methods. These include warehousing and data mining, distributed data management, and the technologies, architectures, and appropriate middleware and infrastructures supporting application layers. The second theme will enhance your knowledge of algorithms and the quantitative techniques suitable for analysing and mining data and developing decision models in a broad range of application areas. The project consolidates the taught subjects covered, while giving you the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in your chosen area.

Teaching approaches include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. You will also learn through extensive course work, class presentations, group research work, and the use of a range of industry standard software such as R, Python, Simul8, Palisade Decision Tools, Hadoop and Oracle.

Taught modules may be assessed entirely through course work, or may include a two-hour exam at the end of the year.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-BUSINESS ANALYTICS
-DATA MINING AND MACHINE LEARNING
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-BUSINESS SYSTEMS POSTGRADUATE PROJECT

Option modules
-ADVANCED BIG DATA ANALYTICS
-BUSINESS OPTIMISATION
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-DATA WAREHOUSING AND OLAP
-DATA REPOSITORIES PRINCIPLES AND TOOLS
-SIMULATION MODELLING: RISK, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS
-WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS

Associated careers

Graduates can expect to find employment as consultants, decision modelling or advanced data analyst, and members of technical and analytics teams supporting management decision making in diverse organisations. Typical employers include local authorities, PLCs (such as GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential, Santander and Unilever), public sector organisations (such as the NHS and primarily care trusts), retail head offices, the BBC, the Civil Service and the host of banks, brokers and regulators that makeup the city, along with all the specialist support consultancies in IT and market research and forecasting, all of the whom us data for the full range of decision making.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT professional.

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