Master of Business Administration

Online MBA with Data Analytics

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: May 2019; September 2019; January 2020
  • Course duration: 2.5 years part-time

With the Online MBA with Data Analytics, you will acquire the knowledge to address the growing area of data science to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

In this day and age, data is very easy to gather and store; it's knowing what to do with it that presents an obstacle. You'll explore methods and techniques that enable identification of data to answer strategically important questions. You'll review organisational infrastructures for capturing and managing large volumes of data, and identify database and cloud-based technologies that enhance it. Finally, you'll explore issues such as ethics, privacy, and security.

The course will equip students with the ability to address the gap many organisations have when it comes to managing big data – the lack of a structured and systematic approach to leveraging the value of big data. You will move through the well-proven CRoss Industry Standard Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM) methodology for data analytics. You will also develop a strong appreciation of the impact of big data and explore methods and techniques that will enable your organisation to identify the most important data to answer strategically important questions and thus link big data to innovation.

Why study an Online MBA with Data Analytics?

The Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most coveted and internationally recognised postgraduate management degree in the world, and there's a good reason why. It is widely recognised as a passport to a successful management career, enabling managers with a functionalist role to take on a more senior, strategic position, and empowering senior managers to gain the in-depth, strategic knowledge they need to climb even higher. This MBA is offered by Nottingham Business School and the School of Science and Technology.

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What you'll study

The course starts with an induction to help familiarise you with the online learning system and ensure that you are able to navigate successfully.

Leadership modules– Become a strong leader

You begin the Online MBA with the Professional and Leadership Development module, this will run alongside your studies from the outset and improves your reflective practice and personal development planning, concluding with you creating a targeted development plan. You'll then go on to complete the Responsible Leadership module which underpins your learning and knowledge for the rest of the course.

Online MBA modules– Manage change

Seven core modules can then be completed. These include The Values-Led Organisation, Global Marketing Management, Operations Management, Organisations and People Management, Financial Management, Business Information and Decision Making and Strategic Change Management. These modules are designed to give you a comprehensive foundation in fundamental management concepts.

Data modules - personalise your study

The Online MBA provides you the opportunity to personalise your study around your professional career development and goals. The four elective modules for the Data Analytics can be found in the module section below.

Business research project

The final module is the Business Research Project, in which students will engage in a meaningful and applied piece of research.

  • Leadership modules - become a strong leader

    Professional and Leadership Development

    This module will run alongside your studies from the outset. The module aims to improve your reflective practice and personal development planning. At the end of the week long induction you will create a targeted development plan.

    You'll then go on to complete two interconnected modules - Responsible Leadership and The Values-Led Organisation. These modules must be taken as the first two modules a they underpin learning and knowledge for the rest of the course.

    Responsible Leadership

    Develop the insights, capacities and skills to create and maintain responsible and sustainable business practices. You will be challenged to critically reflect on the ethical dimensions and sustainability considerations pertaining to various dimensions of business and management practice.

  • Online MBA modules - manage change

    The next phase of study consists of understanding the critical processes and success factors required to manage change effectively.  This knowledge will then be applied to real business situations through either a team-based live consultancy project (which includes a one-week intensive residential) or an online simulation.

    The Values-Led Organisation

    On completion of the module you will understand the interface between ethics, CSR, corporate governance and integrated sustainability.

    Five core modules can then be completed. These modules are designed to give you a comprehensive foundation in fundamental management concepts.

    Global Marketing Management

    Critically reflect on the nature of marketing and the continuing relevance to the 21st Century global business world. This will foster an enhancement of critical awareness of the extent of the marketing scope and key contemporary marketing issues. Explore the complexity of the marketing environment which will develop wide-ranging knowledge of internal and external factors within marketing decision making.

    Operations Management

    Develop a wider understanding of operations management through an understanding of the key principles and concepts. You will do this whilst developing a critical understanding of how those principles relate to operations management theory and practice which can be used to support of strategic decision making. This will improve your ability to evaluate and use theory and strategically focus the use of the tools in a range of operations environments.

    Financial Management

    Designed to help you to critically evaluate internal and external financial information and to use this to appraise corporate performance and strategy. With a duration of 8 weeks, you will be engaging with a number of aspects such evaluating the role of value maximisation in corporate objectives, the role of financial strategy in corporate strategy amongst more.

    Business Information and Decision Making

    This module introduces you to the nature of data and information within and externally to organisations, and how information informs operational and strategic decision-making. This is achieved by understanding good data and information that supports key decisions as well as understanding the basic data types and analysis of issues that help create valid data and information for operational purposes.

    Organisations and People Management

    Draw upon insights from organisational behaviour that will develop knowledge and skills relevant to managing people in organisations. You will foster a critical understanding of the origins and change of classical management theory and its implementation in managing people in contemporary organisations. This will be done through understanding the management of people at individual, group and organisational levels.

    Strategic Change Management

    Focus on the nature of organisational change and its implementation to take an integrated approach to disciplines covered elsewhere on the programme while you investigate a real life organisational problem.

  • Data analytics modules - personalise your study

    Statistical Approaches to Data Analysis

    An introduction to the statistical principles and statistical methods required for the analysis of large datasets. It will introduce hypothesis testing and its applications for initial exploration and visualisation of data and for predictive modelling. Statistical decision making is informed by an understanding of the uncertainty built into common statistical models. The module includes practical computer exercises to familiarize you with the concepts taught. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate selection, implementation and interpretation of statistical techniques.

    Fundamentals of Big Data and its Infrastructure

    Develop and structure your understanding according to the stages an organisation moves through to develop and manage the infrastructure necessary to derive business value from large volumes of data. It will introduce you to the processes, techniques and technologies used to develop infrastructure so that they are able to manage big data and transform it into useful business intelligence. A number of key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data are also raised.

    Deriving Business Value from Big Data Systems

    Learn how businesses can derive innovation and thus value from large volumes of data. It introduces you to a number of methods and techniques that enables businesses to identify the most strategically important data. You will explore how businesses can align their processes, skills sets, and culture to leverage the data to answer strategically important questions and thus link big data to innovation. In addition, a number of key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data are raised such as those surrounding ethics, privacy and security.

    Practical machine Learning Methods for Data Mining

    Develop yourself as a Data Scientist who is able to competently work with a variety of different data sets to extract, interpret and present meaningful information. The module takes a practical approach to teaching machine learning and you will therefore use the data mining package, WEKA to put theory into practice using realistic case studies and data, helping you to develop an intuitive grasp of the sophisticated mathematical ideas that underpin this challenging but fascinating subject.

  • Business research project

    The final module is the Business Research Project, in which students will engage in a meaningful and applied piece of research.

    Business Research Project

    Rigorously investigating an issue of management or business relevance, typically by bringing together business theory and primary research. This is your opportunity to research a topic that interests you in great depth and develop real benefit for organisations.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Students will complete 500 hours of distance learning using a virtual learning environment.

The online MBA teaching team use a wide range of methods to deliver and support you as you achieve your desired learning outcomes. These include multimedia content, online exercises, case analysis, online facilitated discussions forms and wikis, and experiential / action learning through simulations or in-company live business consultancies and projects.

You are expected to be inquisitive and undertake independent study relevant for a postgraduate student. You will have access to a range of materials such as eBooks, journals, electronic databases and internet links to useful sources of research.

The online MBA course provides a flexible and engaging way to learn, with a number of ways to interact with the curriculum, including:

  • video lectures
  • real-life case studies
  • interactive assignments
  • social interaction
  • digital tools and resources
  • interactive academic support.

Assessment

Modules will be assessed in a number of ways, including written assignments which may take the form of essays, reports or case study analysis, presentations submitted via video or narrated PowerPoint.

Each module will have 30% of the assessment based on collaboration to online discussions of ideas, topics or cases studies. This will help you to engage online in an international community of learning practice and develop your cross-cultural collaborative and team working skills.

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Careers and employability

Our innovative, intensive courses prepare you for a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations, enabling you to see the interconnections of your actions. Whichever you choose, you will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

This course will provide you with a multidisciplinary qualification which will enable you to either move from a functionalist position to a more senior, strategic generalist position in the organisation, or if you are already a senior manager, it will enable you to study the core disciplines that are required for a more senior career in business administration.

Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Programme (PPLD)

Throughout your time with us, you'll attend PPLD workshops, developing professional, strategic, transferable skills. Each workshop focuses on personal, professional or career development, spanning everything from emotional intelligence to creative job hunting and conflict resolution.

Accreditation

Nottingham Business School is accredited for the quality of its business and management courses from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Fewer than 1% of business schools around the globe hold both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, placing Nottingham Business School in the world top 5%. The accreditation recognises Nottingham Business School’s unique and dedicated approach to personalised and experiential learning.

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“This particular course MBA with Data Analytics presented the perfect cross for me, a mix of business and technical. I’ve always believed that having these two pillars is essential in today’s world, where technology is everywhere. The course material is accessible 24/7 so I can shift my studies according to my personal commitments. It takes determination and self-discipline to get through but the support system that exists at Nottingham Trent makes it a breeze.” - Maria Agius (Malta)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • a first degree (normally 2.1) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating supervisory responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • academic or vocational references.

In exceptional circumstances applicants without a degree will be considered, if they can demonstrate in their personal statement that they have been in a senior management position, managing people and budgets, for more than eight years.

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on 0115 941 8419.

What are we looking for?

  • a first degree (normally 2.1) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • two academic or vocational references.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

In exceptional circumstances applicants without a degree will be considered, if they can demonstrate in their personal statement that they have been in a senior management position, managing people and budgets, for more than eight years.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Help and support

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 941 8419.

How to apply

Visit the dedicated Online MBA with Data Analytics website for more information.

Please note, this online learning course is not listed in our Postgraduate Prospectus publication 2018.

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

Visit the dedicated Online MBA with Data Analytics website for more information.

Please note, this online learning course is not listed in our Postgraduate Prospectus publication 2018.

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

Further information on how to apply

Schedule an appointment to talk with our Admissions Team.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019, January 2020, May 2020 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Part-time online£15,900£15,900

Visit the dedicated Online MBA with Data Analytics website for more information.

Course fees for September 2018, January 2019, May 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Part-time online£15,900£15,900

Visit the dedicated Online MBA with Data Analytics website for more information.

Course fees for September 2019, January 2020, May 2020 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Part-time online£15,900£15,900

Visit the dedicated Online MBA with Data Analytics website for more information.

Course fees for September 2018, January 2019, May 2019 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Part-time online£15,900£15,900

Visit the dedicated Online MBA with Data Analytics website for more information.

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