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

About the course

Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining MSc provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively develop, apply and research business intelligence systems. These are computerised information systems which support an organisation in the decision making process. Many of the techniques used in this area are underpinned by predictive statistics and mathematical modelling.

This course emphasises the concepts and techniques of business intelligence systems and 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, while optional modules provide you with chances to study particular aspects of system application and development in more depth.

The individual 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.

Reasons to study Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining at DMU

  • Advance your skills in, and knowledge of, how to develop business intelligence systems and data mining solutions to business problems
  • Taught by experienced SAS accredited teaching staff on an SAS-endorsed course, leading towards SAS accreditation in a number of areas
  • Benefit from our history of more than 50 years of research and teaching in computing and technology, allowing you to gain academic expertise and knowledge whilst you study
  • Gain an insight into real world solutions with our research groups, you have the opportunity to attend guest lectures and seminars giving you a real understanding on the impact of their work
  • Enhance your employability and gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation
  • Be prepared for business intelligence and data mining roles within any target industry, with the additional option to complete a placement year in industry
  • Recent graduates are in work within six months of completing this course in roles such as BI/SQL developers at organisations including Cognisco, Logistics Data Modeller at LLamasoft and Insight Analyst at Occam DM*
*DLHE 2012/13 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.

Key facts

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

Location: School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester

Start Date: September 2016

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 cariied out through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, reports, projects and exams.

Course modules

First semester (September to January)

• Fundamentals of Business Intelligence Systems

• Analytics Programming

• Data Warehouse Design and OLAP

• Research Methods

Second semester (February to May)

• 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 and 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 2015 to 31st August 2016

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 £375
Per 15 credits for International students £600

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.

Additional costs

Please note that some courses at DMU require additional expenditure by students, for instance to buy materials, print documents and travel to work placements. While DMU offers a wide range of bursaries and excellent library resources to support learning activities, some additional cost is possible. For further information, please contact the admissions tutor for your programme.



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   

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

International Alumni Scholarships

Find out about the international scholarships and discounts that are available for international alumni.

International Scholarships

A number of scholarships and early payment discounts are available to help international students finance their study at DMU - Find out if you are eligible

How to apply

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

Why choose postgraduate study at DMU?

We teach postgraduate courses with proven track records

Through strong links with leading employers and professional bodies – and underpinned by world-leading research – our postgraduates go on to do remarkable things .

  • 96.7 per cent of our most recent postgraduates were in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course*
  • Our most recent postgraduates commanded an average salary of £41,129 within six months of completing their qualification*
  • We provide academic teaching that complements industry experience
  • DMU keeps students at the cutting-edge of their field

* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013/14 (Employability Performance Indicator).

We don’t break rules – we make new ones

DMU is one of the leading research institutions and has been training PhD students for more than 60 years.

We don’t accept established wisdom – we challenge it

Research is at the heart of our vision. DMU is home to more than 50 specialist research groups and institutes, which are actively engaged in hundreds of projects.

We combine a distinctive ethos with courses designed with employability in mind

This ensures our students are equipped with the skills and experience relevant to today’s industry and is why leading national and international companies including Adidas, Aston Martin, BMW, Microsoft, the MoD, Next and the National Trust – to name but a few – are among the long list of employers DMU alumni now work for.

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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