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Liverpool – 1 March 2017 – The University of Liverpool is offering three new, fully online IT master’s programmes to meet the demands placed on organisations by rapid changes in technology. The MSc in Big Data Analytics, MSc in Cyber Security and the redesigned MSc in Information Systems Management offer working professionals the opportunity to develop sought-after skills in strategically significant IT specialisms to enhance their career development potential.

“The addition of these new master’s degrees strengthens the University of Liverpool’s reputation as a leading provider of innovative online programmes for working professionals. Focusing on cutting-edge trends and topics in IT, these programmes will help prepare students to devise solution-oriented approaches to today’s challenges and opportunities,” said Professor Frans Coenen, Director of Studies for the University’s online IT programmes.

Students on the online programmes will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical skills through a bespoke cloud-based server. This educational platform will allow them to conduct simulations, manipulate large amounts of data, and work with different kinds of software as they complete practical tasks to support their professional development. The new programmes are:

  • MSc in Big Data Analytics, designed to provide working professionals with the skills to capitalise on the potential use of big data and analytics to transform business decision-making and planning. The programme investigates how to use big data by leveraging the appropriate tools and techniques, while also examining the underlying technology and concepts. Students will have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to develop and deploy strategies to utilise big data in a business environment, with an understanding of the challenges involved.
  • MSc in Cyber Security, providing students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and techniques of contemporary cyber security and how to apply these in response to real-world business problems. The programme combines advanced aspects of security, its practical application, and the implications of security within a business.
  • MSc in Information Systems Management, designed to give students the skills and knowledge to drive growth, innovation and change within organisations by leveraging the power of technology. Focusing on innovation management and leadership in information systems management, this programme aims to provide a deeper understanding of how technology enables business and how successful businesses are driven by technology.

These new fully online programmes are part of a portfolio of IT degrees, including master’s degrees in Information Technology and Software Engineering, as well as one-year postgraduate certificates, offered online by the University’s Department of Computer Science. The UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 97% of the research produced by the University of Liverpool’s Department of Computer Science as world-leading or internationally excellent – among the highest ratings of computer science departments in the UK.

Designed for working professionals, the University of Liverpool’s fully online learning model enables students to earn an advanced academic degree without interrupting their career – from wherever they are based in the world. Students enjoy an engaging, global and highly collaborative learning experience that provides them with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals and to enhance their immediate professional impact.

For more information on the entire online IT portfolio visit

About the University of Liverpool Online Programmes
The University of Liverpool ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide as listed in the International Handbook of Universities, published by the International Association of Universities (2014), and is a member of the UK’s Russell Group of research-led universities. Students from more than 160 countries are studying for postgraduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees online with the University of Liverpool. These programmes are provided in partnership with online learning expert, Laureate Online Education. For more information, visit

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