Businesses now frequently possess and want to exploit huge, high volume, varied dynamic data sets, known as big data. Analytics is a subset of what has become to be called Business Intelligence. This is a set of technologies and processes used to understand data and analyse business performance.
Data Analytics MSc, developed and run with SAS, has been specifically designed to equip you with the skills and abilities to address this shortage. On successful completion of the course you will have developed your analytic and technical knowledge, and enhanced your professional skills within a Business Intelligence context.
You will be equipped with the relevant skills for employment in any field of data science (such as business intelligence, data mining, SAS programming and database design) within any target industry, with the additional option to complete a placement year in industry to further enhance your employability.
There is a growing need for professionals who can combine both analytical and software techniques in appropriate ways to allow the processing of ‘big data’. Data Analytics MSc is designed to provide these analytics and processing skills embedded within a business intelligence context.
Reasons to study:
• Taught by SAS accredited teaching staff you will be taught by experienced SAS accredited teaching staff providing you with expert knowledge and skills
• Developed to fill skills shortage course content has been developed to enhance your employability and gain substantial knowledge and equipping you with the skills required in for the use of the SAS software as well as Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) in industry
• 50 years history of research and teaching in computing technology benefit from our well established academic expertise and advance your skills in, and knowledge of, data analytics to business problems
• Industry placement opportunity you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement gaining valuable experience and skills as well as networking opportunities to build your industry contacts
• Excellent graduate prospects equipped with the relevant skills for business intelligence and data mining roles including SAS Programming, Database Design and Business Intelligence
First semester (September to January)
• Statistics • Fundamentals of Business Intelligence Systems • Analytics Programming • Data Warehouse Design and OLAP
Second semester (February to May)
• Business Intelligence Systems Application and Development • Big Data Analytics • Data Mining • Research Methods
Third semester (June to September)
• Individual project
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching will normally be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be carried out through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, reports, projects and exams.
The course is run in association with SAS, the leading independent vendor in the business intelligence industry, and you will gain substantial SAS software skills as part of your study.
First semester modules provide you with fundamental abilities in the use of statistics so that you can gain insights and practice of using business intelligence systems and analytics programming to exploit multidimensional data sets.
In the second semester you are exposed to a variety of business intelligence systems, including those that use big data and data mining techniques. A further module prepares students to undertake an individual research project. This project module allows you to undertake extensive research into an aspect of big data, and/or provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your analytical and processing abilities in response to a given practical problem.
Contact and learning hours
You will normally attend 3 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time, for full time study this would be 12 hours per week during term time. You are expected to undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week.
The Data Analytics MSc was developed and is run in conjunction with SAS. SAS is the world's largest independent business analytics company. It provides an integrated set of software products and services to more than 45,000 customer sites in 118 countries. Across the globe, both the public and private sector use SAS software to assist in their efforts to compete and excel in a climate of unprecedented economic uncertainty and globalization.