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Course Essentials

Big Data is big business in today’s data-driven landscape, increasing the demand for people with the knowledge of how to approach data more than ever before.

Part of our School of Computing and IT, Arden University’s online MSc Data Analytics & Finance Master’s Degree course will prepare you in order to be able to ask the right questions and maximise the opportunities that Big Data now offers, learning to apply and communicate the principles of data handling in the financial sector.

Through our flexible Distance Learning model you’ll be able to study 24/7 and will learn everything from Data Design to Financial Management, and will be able to study around your work and life commitments, making it easier than ever to learn while you earn.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for our MSc Data Analytics & Finance Master’s Degree at Arden University you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English, you must have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Please be aware that this course will require you to handle numbers. We recommend that you have a minimum of GCSE standard maths to succeed. Please speak to our Arden University Admissions Team for more information.

If you don’t have academic qualifications

We are more than happy to consider, and positively encourage, an application from you if have substantial suitable work experience (typically 5 years senior level experience) and can show us that you have the motivation to study the programme online with Arden University. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

Don’t have any of the above?

If you don’t already have an Undergraduate Degree, and you’re not quite there with the required amount of work experience for Postgraduate study, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our Undergraduate Degree programmes. We offer online Degrees in a range of subjects at Arden University. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments.

Course Content

This Data Analytics & Finance Master’s Degree programme with Arden University will help you to develop key strategic skills in both data analytics and finance. Studying these two disciplines together will prepare you with a sound approach to management accounting and an understanding of how data analytics can inform strategic financial decisions.

Developing higher level financial management skills including qualitative and quantitative accounting and an understanding of corporate financial reporting will allow you to lead on the financial and business decision making process in your organisation.


  • Data Design
  • Data Handling and Decision Making
  • Data Visualisation and Interpretation
  • Business Modelling for Decision Making
  • Financial Management
  • Reporting Corporate Performance
  • Research Project

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.


Assessments at Arden University provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation or Journal Article

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit. If required, your Arden tutor may be able to give you suggestions for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real life settings.

Career Prospects

Today’s technology is rapidly developing, as is the need for data analytics skills within any field of business.

Studying our online MSc Data Analytics and Finance course will equip you with the much demanded skills of analysing complex data and using the outcomes to inform effective financial business decisions. This course from Arden can lead you into areas such as financial analysis, management or accountancy.

Possible roles could include:

  • Financial Data Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Senior Financial Manager
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Investment Banker
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Senior Data Analyst

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to undertake a PhD.

What is Distance Learning?

In today’s busy world it’s often difficult to find time in your day-to-day life to pursue a higher education programme full-time. Things are different with Arden University. We offer online Distance Learning courses that enable you to study for an internationally-recognised qualification without putting your life on hold.

You can choose from a wide range of online courses and we offer many different qualifications, allowing you to study for a Degree, Top-up Degree, Master’s or MBA via 100% online learning – including our latest MBA, The Karren Brady MBA.

Distance Learning could be perfect for you if you are:

  • A busy professional looking for the next step in your career
  • A school leaver wanting to gain valuable work experience without sacrificing your education
  • A parent or carer wanting to return to education but needing to maintain your responsibilities

Over 50,000 people worldwide have studied and achieved their qualifications through online and Distance Learning with us.

How does Arden Distance Learning compare to traditional university study?

It’s simple really. There are no lectures to attend on-site anywhere, no fixed timetable and your study portal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! The qualification you gain at the end of your course is the same as any other UK university course.

We provide you with all the study materials you need online, a team of expert tutors and other support to help you gain your Degree, Master’s or other qualification.

The only difference between a qualification from Arden University and a more traditional on-site university is the flexible way we deliver the course. We offer:

  • An innovative virtual classroom, ilearn, available 24/7.
  • Access to multi-media learning materials* via ilearn, developed by our Arden University subject specialists.
  • Accessible learning from any device – you can learn from your computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
  • The flexibility to study from any place in the world, at a time to suit you, as long as you can access the internet.

Studying online gives you everything you need, plus you still get support from us from the moment you apply, with our friendly Arden University Admissions Team on hand to answer any questions you have about your chosen course.

Throughout your course, you’ll also have a dedicated course tutor who can be emailed if you need help with your studies and we even have a community for our Arden University students so you can get in touch with others on your course.

Take a look below at our available online Distance Learning courses and discover the Arden University difference.


*Please be aware that there are also specific software requirements for some Arden University courses.




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