Insights from business analytics can make or break an organisation. Develop the expertise to transform the fortunes of organisations large and small.
Big data is big business. As technology becomes more sophisticated, the power to harness information becomes more valuable. To keep up with competition and progress, businesses need graduates who can harness the power of big data, spot new opportunities and efficiencies.
This course gives you the ability to understand the applications, identify the opportunities and master the tools that turn business analytics into business impact.
You’ll cover a balance of techniques and practical skills, learning how big data can deliver the kind of insights that can cut costs, deliver efficiency and boost profits. There is a range of option units on offer, while your dissertation will offer you the chance to dive deep into a topic that interests you, so you’ll find plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies around your ambitions.
Learn from the experts
While it’s a specialist field at the forefront of analytics, you don’t need advanced technical skills or a degree in business intelligence or analytics to join us. You can enrol with no prior knowledge of business or management, and develop the expertise needed for specialist roles in this rewarding field.
To explore the sector, you’ll get valuable insights into the important role business analysis plays in modern organisations through our guest lecture series. We invite experienced and active professionals from different areas of the industry to give you an idea of the potential career paths available to you when you graduate.
Features and Benefits
Taught by experts – This course is delivered by academics who have their feet firmly in the world of consulting and they bring that practical experience into the classroom.
Triple accredited – Our Business School holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, placing us among the best business schools in the world.
Customisable degree – This course allows you to tailor your degree to specialise in areas that interest you the most.
A city of opportunities – With global organisations, innovative start-ups and a thriving tech scene, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities. Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional networks.
Real-life learning – Apply your new skills outside of your course, with an opportunity to take short-term internships with employers in the city.
Unique insights – Learn from guest lecturers who are leading professionals.
Employability – Attend a series of key industry events and masterclasses throughout your course and network with recruiting businesses.
"We have a network of employer contacts, many of whom are global organisations and they bring contemporary business practice into our classrooms."Julie HardmanHead of Department
For companies across the world, in every sector and specialism, business analytics offers the route to streamlined operations, improved services, lower costs and higher profits. It’s a powerful tool that’s high in demand. Put simply, our MSc Business Analytics caters to a world of opportunities for you and your career.
It’s a specialist field, but the course is open to students from a wide variety of different academic or professional backgrounds. With a team that includes research-active academics and experienced professionals, we can help you become the kind of problem-solving, operation-enhancing, efficiency-finding professional that successful modern businesses can’t do without.
You’ll study seven core topics, covering areas from data modelling and business statistics, to decision making and data visualisation. From there, you’ll learn the masters-level study skills you’ll need to tackle a major piece of work, before going on to complete your dissertation project.
You will also have the opportunity to choose from a selection of optional units that allow you to tailor your studies to your passions and ambitions.
Please note: Option units are subject to availability.
Dissertation - business analytics
Strategy enterprise information systems
Decision making and data visualisation
Data modelling and analysis
You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, but you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.
While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.
Study and assessment breakdown
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Full-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Full-time 85% coursework; 0% practical; 15% examination
You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We’ll also welcome an application if you don’t have a degree, but you have the equivalent professional qualification or significant relevant management experience.
This course is suitable for students with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. It aims to equip those who wish to pursue a managerial career with the required skills to understand and apply knowledge and understanding of Business Analytics. However, it should be noted that applicants are not expected to possess any significant technical skills when for applying for this course.
International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international
English language requirements
We require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU Students
Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional estimate: £400
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.
The skills to discover and distil the value from big data are in high demand across the business world. With our MSc Business Analytics under your belt, you could be a valuable addition to organisations in a vast variety of industries – with an insight into the inner workings of business operations, together with the understanding to improve efficiency and find smarter ways of connecting with customers.
So, as well as traditional business analytics roles, this course could open doors to opportunities in areas such as:
Software & Programmatic
Customer Relationship Management
You may also choose to enter the field as a freelance business consultant or apply your new skills to create your own business.