Skip to content

computing-business-main

Business Data Analytics BSc (Hons)

Develop your practical IT abilities, learn how to extract information from systems in business, government and society, expertly develop models and uncover previously unknown trends and patterns to support organisational decision-making.
Digital Open Days: 13 February and 13 March Book now

Overview

Please note: this course was previously titled 'Computing for Business BSc (Hons)'

Learn how to become a specialist who can manage and interpret data from business information technology systems. 

Every day organisations accumulate huge volumes of data from a variety of sources for their business systems. These systems vary from customer support, NHS records and critical financial planning, to strategic marketing systems for international retail groups. 

We’ll support you in becoming experienced in the use of industry-standard business analytics and business intelligence software SAS, helping you to positively contribute and lead companies in improving their business intelligence. 

There is an increasing demand in industry for skilled specialists who can manage and interpret data from business information technology systems. The combination of computing skills and business knowledge taught on this course enables you to enter a diverse range of careers, such as business analyst, analytics consultant, statistical programmer, statistical analyst, SAS programmer, data management analyst and research analyst.

Our computer science and engineering and technology subjects have been scored highly in the Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings. Out-performing our inaugural ranking in 2019, computer science – which includes subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and information systems – is ranked 24th overall out of UK universities.

Modules such as Information Systems Development will give you a practical, integrated overview of the information systems development process, from project selection and inception, through to capturing user requirements and designing and producing a simple prototype system.

Our Business Intelligence module will also give you the opportunity to understand the business process model of organisations and why key business processes need supporting through effective data capture, conversion and information output.

Key features

  • 100% of our Computing for Business graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education report (2016-17).
  • You’ll be able to gain an industry-recognised qualification and a skillset that are sought by employers across the industry. Study towards a recognised qualification such as PRINCE2 Project Management and Information Technology Information Library, commonly known as ITIL, and become experienced in the use of industry-standard business analytics and business intelligence software SAS.
  • We have more than 50 years of computing experience that you can learn from. This long-standing history allows you to draw on a wealth of research and academic expertise to inform your studies. Computer science and informatics research at DMU was ranked third for its research power among modern UK universities in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • Our computer science and engineering and technology subjects have been scored highly in the Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings, meaning you can benefit from the outstanding level of research, teaching and learning on offer at DMU.
  • Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previous students have benefited from placements at leading organisations including at Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corporation, Thomson Reuters, E.ON, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express, and AstraZeneca.
  • Develop your practical skills in our specialist facilities. Once back on campus, you’ll have access to 100 computer workstations, which are divided into five interconnected laboratories, each with 20 high-specification PCs running Windows/Linux.
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous DMU Global trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy.

 

"I enjoyed the course because it prepared me for the field in which I would like to work. My placement year provided hands-on experience and allowed me to put theory into practice. I would definitely recommend this course."

Chiyanjo Kazuwa, Computing for Business BSc (Hons)

C4Blogo-ITIL 

Graduate success and news

DMU student secures work placement with global IT giant

DMU's just the job for our Technology graduates

DMU graduates picked by tech giant IBM to be among first staff of new multimillion pound Leicester base

 

More courses like this:

Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Computing BSc (Hons)

Foundation Year in Computing

 

This course is subject to revalidation.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G521

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250
See important information about EU fees

 

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G521

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our  online applications portal.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics  or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics  GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance. 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) 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.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Visual Web Development

  • Information Systems Development
  • Devices and Networks
  • Introduction to ICT
  • Mathematics and Business Management

Second year

  • Advanced Programming
  • Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation
  • Introduction to Research
  • Multimedia Development
  • Business Intelligence

Third year

  • Final Year Project
  • Computing Ethics and Privacy
  • Team Development Project
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Multi Service Networks
  • Secure Web Application Development
  • Telematics
  • Fuzzy Logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • Systems Building: Methods and Management
  • Big Data and Business Models
  • Data Mining
  • Database Management and Programming
  • IT Service Foundations
  • IT Service Practice
  • Front-end Web Development
  • Functional Software Development

Course modules are informed by current industrial practice and our own cutting edge research, ensuring that you are at the forefront of the latest developments.

You will be taught through a variety of methods including formal lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions and self-directed study.

Assessment is typically through a combination of individual assignments, group work, projects, tests and exams.

The final year includes an individual project and a range of modules you can choose from, with options ranging from technical subjects, such as web information management and network systems, to more business oriented topics, including information systems strategy and services, security management, data mining and advanced management decision making.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

 

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide over 100 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines, and a fifth laboratory with 23 machines.

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

graduate-careers-img-01

Graduate Careers

Sainsbury's partnership kick-starts careers for 16 DMU students.

Sixteen De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students have secured sought-after jobs with Sainsbury’s before graduating this summer, thanks to a fruitful partnership.

DMU has been working closely with the supermarket giant to raise awareness of the software engineer positions available at the company’s store support centre in Coventry.

Inviting Sainsbury’s to a networking event last June resulted in three DMU graduates being hired. This year representatives from the company - including those graduates - addressed more than 200 students in the School of Computer Science and Informatics

"Computing has given me fundamental knowledge in different areas. The course has taught me programming skills that are attractive to employers, such as visual web development, HTML5, C# programming, database management and reporting." Egle Sciglinskaite, Computing BSc (Hons)

dmu-global-img-01

DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Previous DMU Global trips have seen Computing and Computer Science students explore the Silicon Docks in Dublin and be inspired by the educational and networking opportunities at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas.

placements-img-01

Placements

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Our Computing for Business students have recently secured placements at companies such as GE Aviation, Next Plc, Automotive Insights Ltd, Go Inspire and Onvu Retail Ltd.

Valuable placement year kick-starts Karishma's career.

Graduating with a First and embarking on her dream career during a global pandemic is thanks to completing a placement year, according to Karishma Samani.

The Computing for Business graduate, who joined De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) through Clearing four years ago, secured a job in February with Kainos, an award-winning company specialising in digital solutions for commercial, public and healthcare clients worldwide.

DMU Open days

The next DMU Open Day will take place on Saturday 13 February

Book now

Order a prospectus

Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer.

Order now

How to apply

We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Find out more

More about your DMU

Graduate wins national award
Accommodation
De Montfort Students' Union (DSU)
CEM-taster-banner

Graduate wins national award

Habib wins national award for transforming his life, and others, through learning.

A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at this year’s Festival of Learning awards.

Habib Rezaie has received the award for his exceptional achievement in adult learning which included volunteering to care for others through DMU's award-winning Square Mile initiative.

The award recognises adults who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities and the places they work.  

Habib came to the UK ten years ago, when he was 16, to seek asylum. He was unable to speak English and was taken into care by Leicester City Council. In just 10 years, his hard work has paid off and he is now a recent graduate in Computing for Business at DMU.

accomodation-img

Accommodation


We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

dsu-img-01

De Montfort Students' Union (DSU)

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

leicester-guide-img

A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.