Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) has designed a SAS MSc in Business Intelligence, in partnership with SAS Institute, to equip IT professionals with both technical and management skills.
The course will examine the business aspects and solutions of implementing SAS software, which enables its users to produce business intelligence analyses. It will also provide a grounding in the technology.
Jeff Cutts, director of post-graduate programmes at SHU said, "If you look at the statistics there are a dearth of people needed to contract in this area. Barclays Bank has already said that there's a skills gap and it is difficult to recruit and keep staff, so it therefore turns to contractors."
A dozen companies have already expressed interest in the MSc. Businesses plan to send staff onto the course, or hire new staff and pay their course fees. The course will enable candidates to gain a dual qualification, an MSC and an SAS Institute certificate.
Stephanie Penning, training manager at SAS Institute said the course is split into two chunks, seven months at the SHU and five months on work experience. Candidates will complete a mixture of coursework and exams.
The course will begin in October so candidates need to apply now for entry. It is priced at £9,000 and candidates will need to have a first degree in a computing, statistical or business discipline. But Penning said, "We also encourage applications from more mature individuals who have five or ten years experience in the field as an alternative to a degree. For more information go to www.careermsc.com