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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: Intakes: January, May, September
  • Course duration: 2.5 years part-time

Our Online MBA with Data Analytics is designed to address the growing area of data science in business. It will equip you with the specialist knowledge to operate effectively at a senior, strategic management level and empower organisations to achieve their objectives.

This specialist MBA is designed to examine 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. You'll also 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'll 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?

  • meet industry demand for professionals with specialist data analysis skills
  • gain a comprehensive overview of the entire life cycle of big data
  • tackle contemporary issues, theories and conceptual frameworks used to guide management
  • online delivery enables you to balance your commitments with the flexibility to study at any time or place
  • become part of a global community of business professionals and build your network

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information about our Online MBA with Data Analytics.

This MBA is taught by the AACSB- and EQUIS- accredited Nottingham Business School and the School of Science and Technology.

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What you'll study

The curriculum consists of ten core modules (total 100 credits) and a project module (worth 40 credits). You will also study four Data Analytics modules, each worth ten credits.

The course starts with an induction to help familiarise you with the online learning system and ensure that you are able to navigate successfully. The time to completion is two and a half years.

Leadership modules– Become a strong leader

You begin the Online MBA with Data Analytics 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, allowing you to foster a critical understanding of values and ethical decision making in business.

Overall, you will have eight core modules to complete over the course. These include The Values-Led Organisation, Global Marketing Management, Operations Management, Organisations and People Management, Financial Management, Business Information and Decision Making, Global Business Simulation and Strategic Change Management. These modules are designed to expand your knowledge in fundamental management concepts.

Specialism modules - personalise your study

The Online MBA with Data Analytics provides you with the opportunity to personalise your study around your own professional career development and goals. There are four elective modules for the Data Analytics specialism, which 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 designed to equip students with a theoretical grounding in research methods and its practical application.

  • Leadership modules

    Semester one forms the core of your studies and is designed to give you an understanding of the philosophical basis of our Online MBA with Data Analytics.

    Professional and Leadership Development

    Increasing your understanding of how to manage your continuous professional development in order to be a more effective, successful leader. You will have access to an academic and an industrial mentor who are there to support you through the course and to help with your development both academically and professionally.

    Responsible Leadership

    This online module will allow you to 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

    The Values-Led Organisation

    This module is designed to help you understand the interface between ethics, CSR, corporate governance and integrated sustainability. On completion you will be able to critically analyse the theories informing responsible and sustainable business practices from a multidisciplinary angle.

    Global Marketing Management

    This online module will enable you to 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 and allow you to explore the complexity of the marketing environment which will develop wide-ranging knowledge of internal and external factors within marketing decision making.

    Operations Management

    You will 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 can be used to support 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.

    Organisations and People Management

    During this module you will 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 management at individual, group and organisational levels.

    Financial Management

    This online module is designed 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 as evaluating the role of value maximisation in corporate objectives, financial strategy within corporate strategy and the tools and techniques of financial analysis.

    Business Information and Decision Making

    Here, you will be introduced to the nature of data and information within and external to organisations, and how this information informs crucial operational and strategic decision-making. This is achieved by interpreting good data and information that supports key decisions, understanding the basic data types and analysing issues that help create valid data and information for operational purposes.

    Strategic Change Management

    This module develops the theory learned in core modules, and the theoretical content of the module focuses on the nature of organisational change and its implementation. It also provides an opportunity for students to take an integrated approach to disciplines covered elsewhere on the programme while they investigate a real-life organisational problem.

    Global Business Simulation

    This is an immersive exercise in which work as part of a team to run your own business over several weeks. You will make decisions, follow the implications of those decisions and reflect on their overall impact. The experience aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply the concepts and theories you have learned elsewhere on the course while investigating operational problems in a competitive setting.

  • Data analytics modules - personalise your study

    Statistical Approaches to Data Analysis

    An introduction to the statistical principles and methods required for the analysis of large datasets which will look at hypothesis testing, its applications for initial exploration and visualisation of data for predictive modelling. The module includes practical computer exercises to familiarise 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

    The content of this module is designed to 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, as well as some key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data.

    Practical Machine Learning Methods for Data Mining

    This module is designed to develop your data science skills to enable you to become a more knowledgeable manager who can work competently 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.

    Deriving Business Value from Big Data Systems

    This module aims to develop and structure your understanding as to 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 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.

  • 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

    The Business Research Project is a compulsory component of the Online MBA with Data Analytics course, the purpose of which is to equip students with a theoretical grounding in research methods and its practical application. It will take the form of an academic research paper or applied business research report and students will be challenged to critically reflect, develop, implement, and analyse business research methods appropriate to any business environment.

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 with Data Analytics 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 with Data Analytics 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.

Students are also allocated a personal mentor that they will be able to meet via online video teleconference on 4 separate occasions throughout the year.

The key areas of discussion/development in these meetings revolve around:

  • building self-awareness
  • understanding learning styles
  • reflective practices
  • personal development planning.

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.

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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, your course will be rich in real-world experiences, global perspectives, and bespoke learning opportunities, hallmarks that combine to help you make a distinct mark on the business world. You will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively and innovatively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

You will gain a multidisciplinary qualification from an accredited business school and triple award-winning university which will enable you to either advance to a more senior position in an organisation, or if you are already a senior manager, it will give you the opportunity to study the core disciplines that are required to make even more of an impact and progress even further within the business world.

Professional and Leadership Development Programme (PLD)

Throughout your time with us, you will be involved in PLD workshops, developing professional and strategic transferable skills. Each workshop focuses on professional or career development, spanning everything from emotional intelligence to creative job hunting to 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). This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The accreditation recognises Nottingham Business School’s unique and dedicated approach to personalised and experiential learning.

We are also proud to have achieved the prestigious EQUIS accreditation. This is the highest international benchmark of excellence for business schools, possessed by fewer than 180 schools out of 16,000 worldwide.

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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.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2020, January 2021, May 2021 entry 

Study route UK / EUInternational
Part-time online £15,900 £15,900

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

Course fees for September 2020, January 2021, May 2021 entry 

Study route UK / EUInternational
Part-time online £15,900 £15,900

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

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