MSc in Business Analytics (Full-time)

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Program Description

MSc in Business Analytics (Full-time)

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

The programme is suitable for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines who would like to use their aptitude for mathematics/computerised problem solving to address business problems.

What is the programme about

Business Analytics is a branch of applied mathematics that uses quantitative techniques to optimise decision-making in business. It is a technically focused programme directed at management applications, not a general course about management. This programme is course comparable to a Masters degree (typically MSc) in Operational Research (UK) or Operations Research (USA).


We’ll teach you how to implement quantitative techniques in a business problem-solving and project management environment. We aim to develop your computer software skills and your understanding of the theory and practice of allied information systems, to make them useful in consultancy and business.

What will you learn

You will learn how to use advanced mathematics and quantitative techniques to make effective business decisions that will help enhance companies' performance in an increasingly competitive business environment. This specialist management programme builds on students' technical and analytical knowledge and experience while providing the technical skills needed to develop software and implement these techniques in a business problem-solving environment.

How will you benefit

You will be given the tools to be an expert in business analytics and get experience with applying these tools in practice and in engagement with leading Irish companies. You will be exposed to current research in all aspects of decision and management science, including work in the field of Project Management, Simulation, Multi-criteria Decision Making and Spatial Decision Support Systems.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Business Analytics is offered as a one-year full-time programme or on a two-year part-time basis. You will be assessed by examination and continuous assessment.

To graduate, you must complete the core modules and produce a dissertation. The dissertation involves full-time work on a real management problem, generally with an Irish company. It should be mathematically complex with a computer-programming element.


There are eight specialist core modules in the programme:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Project Management & Decision Analytics
  • Numerical Analytics & Software
  • Applied Probability and Statistics
  • Network Software Modelling
  • Decision Support & Business Intelligence
  • Simulation Modelling and Analysis
  • Analytical Business Modelling

A number of these modules are shared with the MSc in Quantitative Finance programme.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum second class honours primary degree which includes mathematics and some computer programming element (at least one semester of programming). For example graduates of Engineering, Computer Science, other Sciences, business studies (with MIS-Management Information Systems subjects), maths or other quantitative courses who have already studied some computer programming content.
  • If your primary degree is from a university outside of Ireland, you must complete a GRE Subject Test in mathematics.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.
  • If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree in English, an English language qualification is required (eg: IELTS/TOEFL). IELTS – an overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each section. TOEFL – a minimum of 100 on the internet-based test, or 250 on the computer-based test; or 600 on the paper-based test.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
12 months
Full time
8,800 EUR
€1,750 for EU Nationals funded by NDP
Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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