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Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

This MSc provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively develop, apply and research business intelligence systems. These are computerised information systems that enable organisations to gain business intelligence information and typically include some form of data mining functionality.

This course emphasises the concepts and techniques of business intelligence systems, their application and development, which are underpinned and exemplified via the learning of one or more contemporary ‘best of breed’ business intelligence software tools.

Compulsory taught modules give you the opportunity to gain the fundamental knowledge and practices required to apply, develop and research business intelligence systems. Optional modules provide you with a chance to study particular aspects of system application and development in more depth.

A project module allows you to undertake research into an aspect of business intelligence systems that interests you and/or to perform appropriate business intelligence development tasks in response to a given practical problem.

You will:

  • Advance your skills in, and knowledge of, how to develop business intelligence systems and data mining solutions to business problems
  • Be taught by experienced SAS accredited teaching staff on an SAS-endorsed course
  • Gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation

Key facts

Duration:  One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), three years part-time and distance learning

Start Date: September

Entry and admission criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning|, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will normally be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, reports, projects and exams.

Course modules


First semester (September to January)

You will study the following modules:

• Fundamentals of Business Intelligence Systems

• Analytics Programming

• Data Warehouse Design and OLAP

• Research Methods


Second semester (February to May)

The modules you will study are:

• Data Mining

• Business Intelligence Systems Application and Development


Plus two from the following list:

• Management of Information Systems

• Human Factors in Systems Design

• Applied Computational Intelligence

• Artificial Neural Networks


Third semester (June to September)

The individual project module.


Academic expertise

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.

Industry links and professional accreditation

SASThe Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining MSc was conceived 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.

Work experience and placements

We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional 12 month placement as part of your postgraduate studies. Our dedicated Placement Unit will help you obtain this. Once on your placement, you will be supported by your visiting tutor to ensure you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed – usually around June. When you return from your placement, you will begin the dissertation (project) stage of your course.

Graduate careers

This course prepares graduates for business intelligence/data mining roles within any target industry. There is a very high market demand for SAS expertise, and our graduates will be able to take up such opportunities. You will also be well placed to take up more general management and business information systems development roles within industry, and to undertake academic research in this field.

Fees and funding

Annual Tuition Fees for Higher Education Courses from 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015

Postgraduate Courses Standard Fees £4,500
Postgraduate Placement Year Fee £650
Students Equivalent or Lower Qualification Status* £5,000
Postgraduate Courses Standard Fees £12,700
Postgraduate Placement Year Fee £750
Part-time fees are charged on a credit basis, you will need to complete 180 credits over the course of an MSc programme.
15 Credits £375
Students Equivalent or Lower Qualification Status* 15 Credits £420
Distance Learning
Per 15 credits £355
Per 15 credits for International students £565

For more information please take a look at our Funding | section.

* ELQ Student definition - If you are a Home or EU status student and you already have a qualification at or above the level of the programme you wish to study from any country you will be considered as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) student. In 2008 the UK Government decided to stop funding universities for student in this situation and therefore the following fees will apply £5,000. Students from outside the EU are not affected by the policy.

** A fee that is charged on a periodic basis where PG or Research students need to extend their registration to complete the course.



2015/16 Vice Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarships

All DMU Home/EU graduates from the 2014/15 session, who achieved 2:1 or above, will be entitled to a 50 per cent discount in their tuition fee when enrolling onto a full-time master's degree*. 

These awards are part of the University’s on-going commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarships|.

2014/15 VC 2020 Scholarship|

*Courses included in the scholarship programme may be subject to change.


How to apply

Students can apply directly to study this postgraduate taught course at DMU by using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For further information and admissions advice

Study enquiries:  +44 (0) 116  2 50 60 70

Submit an online form| to ask questions and get advice.




Business intelligence and date mining“This course is unique in that it takes a holistic view of business intelligence systems. It doesn’t just look at one element but at the whole range of requirements for a business intelligence system: from data storage, through analytical needs to visualisation of results - and how all that relates to the needs of an organization"

Ian Manocha, managing director, SAS UK and Ireland

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