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Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship (MSc Data Analytics)

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): October 2023
  • Duration: Two years
  • Study Mode(s): Block release
  • Campus: City Campus; Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Who is it for?

A degree apprenticeship enables individuals to earn whilst they learn, combining academic study at University with substantial training and development of transferable skills in the workplace. The Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist is a Master's level degree apprenticeship which provides employers with the opportunity to upskill existing staff, or recruit new talent in to their organisation.

“A Digital & Technology Solutions Specialist maintains digital and technology strategies through technology leadership; investigating, identifying and implementing technological strategic solutions. They direct digital technology provision by studying organisation goals, strategies, and practices and delivering and supporting strategic plans for implementing digital technologies”.

Why do the apprenticeship?

It will provide apprentices with a way to both earn in their chosen area of employment, and study to obtain a MSc degree.

What are the benefits?

The blend of technical and management skills will enable apprentices to gain confidence, competence and capability to apply leadership within their organisation. Learned management skills will enable apprentices to operate in a range of digital and technology related specialist roles. Apprentices are not required to pay University tuition fees, and will earn a full-time wage.

What you'll study

The Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist is an apprenticeship that will take 2 years to complete, leading to a MSc university qualification, awarded by NTU.

Why NTU?

NTU has a major commitment to develop degree apprenticeship courses. NTU's apprenticeships are suitable for both small and large employers, and can be tailored to meet employers' specific business needs. The Computing and Technology Department has:

  • a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems, Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity and IT management, through to hardware aspects such as networking;
  • industrial experience built up and maintained through our industrial links and our applied research activity;
  • ultra-modern facilities, equipment and software. This includes the new Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC), which contains state-of-the-art laboratories;
  • Access to academic programs from Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAS, and major software available across all campus computers;
  • Experience in delivering Masters courses in Data Analytics for Business (part time), Computer Science, IT Security, Technology, and Cloud and Enterprise Computing.

Learn more about the Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist apprenticeship standard.

  • We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

What you’ll study

The Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist is an apprenticeship that will take 2 years. It leads to a MSc degree qualification for an apprenticeship graduate who can operate in the role of a Data Analytics specialist.

For those business professionals or students who are relatively new to data analytics, the modules you study at NTU will broaden and deepen your technical understanding. Our progressive integration of business, computer science and applied mathematics modules make it a suitable and challenging option for a diverse mix of individuals. Those who may be experienced in data analytics and are now looking to progress, will gain a wider perspective on the industry whilst honing the management and leadership skills necessary to realise the benefits of big data innovation.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Data Analytics:

  • Big Data and Its Infrastructure
  • Statistical Approaches to Data Analysis

Business Modules

  • Delivering Value Creation
  • Effective Change Management

Data Analytics:

  • Practical Machine Learning Methods for Data Mining


  • Project Conceptualisation and Planning
  • Work-based Project

How you’re taught

There are 4 blocks in year one and two blocks in year two. Each block is usually 3 days, following a pattern of Thursday morning to Saturday afternoon. For the first module there is an additional course induction session on Wednesday.

Each module, except for the Work-based Project, will be delivered over a 12 week period, with the three day intensive study block taking place within the first two weeks of the module. The remaining ten weeks are for independent study and for you to complete the summative assessment with opportunities for interim developmental feedback. The Work-based Project will be delivered over a 6 month period with an interactive project workshop being delivered at your Year 2 Induction.

  • Before each study block you will be provided with pre-work. This may take the form of readings, exercises, discussion points and research to undertake within your organisation.
  • During the study blocks, you could be undertaking individual research, practicals, participating in small group or one-to-one tutorials, working with fellow students in seminar or workshop activities or attending larger group lectures.
  • After each study block you will be expected to undertake independent learning in order to consolidate and extend your learning, applying what you have learned to your work environment, and further exploring subjects before completing the module assessment.

How you’re assessed

Assessment methods include:

  • examinations
  • academic reports or essays
  • technical reports
  • reflective work
  • practicals
  • presentations or portfolios

Careers and employability

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities


Our very latest building, the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC), was completed in late 2017. This impressive facility is the result of a £5 million investment from the government and NTU in recognition of the importance of STEM teaching.

The building contains state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching, and this is where engineering practical and workshop sessions will initially be held.

“This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow's skilled workforce.”
Vince Cable, former Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or above in a related subject.

EU students are eligible, please contact the apprenticeship team for eligibility information.

Unfortunately this course is not available for international students.

Fees and funding

For Apprenticeship fees, funding and guidance information, please see our Apprenticeships pages.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications for the part-time course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.