Overview

The rapid growth of available data is transforming the way managers, accountants, investors, and marketers are working. The ability to integrate big data into their analyses, business plans and decisions is becoming essential if firms are to maintain their competitive advantage.

The MSc Business Analytics programme is a response to these changes in the economic and technological environment. It aims to transform business students into multi-talented professionals, standing in-between their core field of expertise (such as management, finance, and marketing) and information technologies.

In addition to advanced modules in finance, marketing and management, the programme offers a deep understanding of the most up-to-date methods for data-processing (such as machine learning, data mining) and data management. Our teaching philosophy is practice-oriented. With this in mind, after an intensive 12-month period of study you will have the opportunity to complete your training with a six-month internship within a company.

You will benefit from the Big Data Analytics and Technology Centre that has been set up at XJTLU in collaboration with IBM and the Suzhou International Science-Park Data Centre (SISDC). Business analytics training will be available, utilising IBM software, and you will have the opportunity to apply for internships or projects at SISDC.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Accreditation

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) in 2016 and 2018 respectively. AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation. The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritative and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

Why Should I Study Business Analytics at XJLTU?

  • Access the Big Data Analytics and Technology Centre
  • Acquire skills of practical processing and exploration of big data
  • Learn about some of the latest data analysis techniques making use of AI, such as machine learning and data mining
  • Have opportunities to complete internships
  • Take advantage of industry links with local companies

Knowledge and skills

The MSc Business Analytics programme will equip you with:

  • A rich understanding of the opportunities and threats posed to organisations by the current increase in data availability
  • An ability to analyse, model and investigate large networks of peoples and companies.
  • An appreciation of the ethical issues and risks related to the advent of interconnected databases
  • Knowledge and understanding of current practices, theories and issues in a traditional field of business studies
  • Skills in data processing (descriptive statistics, econometrics and machine learning), problem-solving and decision-making (using statistical and data analyses to resolve organisational problems)
  • Proficiency in the use of a wide variety of statistical packages suitable for analysing large data sets.

Modules

  • Introduction to business analytics
  • Contemporary issues in the ethics of business analytics
  • Econometrics
  • Databases and data management
  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Social network analysis
  • Big Data: applications in business

Internship report/dissertation. Specialised pathway modules

  • Finance pathway: Financial Analysis, Portfolio Management
  • Marketing pathway: Social Media Marketing, Marketing Management
  • Management pathway: Strategic Business Analysis, Strategic Operation Management, Modelling and Simulation of Operations

Specialised pathway modules

  • Finance pathway: Financial Analysis, Portfolio Management
  • Marketing pathway: Social Media Marketing, Marketing Management
  • Management pathway: Strategic Business Analysis, Strategic Operation Management, Modelling and Simulation of Operations

Additional learning activities

The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your Masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

Careers

Business analytics skills are in high demand in every sector of the economy, particularly within the fast-growing service sectors (e.g. finance, retail, marketing, and information technology). The typical positions our graduates target include data or information analyst, technical consultant, IT-related project manager and customer relationship management (CRM) analyst.

Entry Requirements

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

CHINA

  • 211 Project; Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
  • Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution

Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update

Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.

NORTH AMERICA

3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

OTHER REGIONS

Equivalent academic qualifications

Academic Background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

Program taught in:
English
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Last updated December 21, 2018
This course is
Start Date
Sept. 2019
Duration
18 months
Full-time
Price
120,000 CNY
Price for the entire programme
Deadline
By locations
By date
Start Date
Sept. 2019
End Date
Application deadline

Sept. 2019

Location
Application deadline
End Date