This course is for
Graduates who want to start their career in the applications of business analytics.
Become a business leader of the future. Develop your skills in information technology, quantitative methods for data analysis and making optimised decisions.
You will learn how to get, clean, process and visualise data. Become an expert in the handling and analysis of big data. Develop understanding, insight and transferable tools and skills.
You’ll have access to the latest business analytics software thanks to our partnership with IBM and SAS.
Tier 4 visa scheme
Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.
We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.
An MSc in Business Analytics opens up a range of career opportunities. You'll be able to take your skills into sectors like finance, healthcare, logistics and marketing
You’ll enjoy our special relationships with analytics giants IBM and SAS. Immerse yourself in advanced business analytics software
Benefit from our small, carefully-selected class sizes. You'll get a lot of contact with academics, and more individual coaching
Graduate equipped with the skills global employers want. Big data's importance to businesses is growing, and experts are in demand
Get valuable experience with the opportunity to do a practice-based dissertation. You'll work with a partner company on a real business problem
Work on projects with international organisations. You'll be able to take these experiences with you into the global job market
Content and structure
Semester one: taught units
You will take these units:
Databases and business intelligence
Business statistics and forecasting
The business statistics and forecasting unit is an International Institute of Forecasters (IIF) student award unit.
The best student will receive US$100, a Certificate of Achievement, and one year's free membership to the Institute.
Semester two: taught units
You will take these units
Analytics in practice (taught in partnership with IBM)
Heuristics and simulation
You will select one of these units:
Sustainable operations management
Analytics in context
The course will finish with a dissertation. You will produce a unique piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year.
Teaching and learning
You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the field of business analytics. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.
We will also offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development. These will be delivered by specialists in our Careers Service, Academic Skills Centre and Library, or in partnership with the Students’ Union.
All units are taught on campus.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:
Methods of assessment
Units are assessed by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.
As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You should budget at least £100 for this.
Some courses involve visits away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for such trips.
This course is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Achieve your career goals
Study with us to help achieve your career goals. You will develop the right skills and work with employers from week one of the course.
Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a PhD.
2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) is usually expected. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
Type of degree
You should have at least a 2:1 at an undergraduate level.
You will be better suited to this course if your first degree is in business/management or a subject with high quantitative content (like engineering or mathematics).
If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability.
In some cases, you may be able to substitute work experience for our degree requirement. Your experience must be relevant and should be no more than three years.
European and international students
Contact us for more information about our entry requirements for your country, application help and funding details.
If English is not your first language, you will need to pass an English language test.
You will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking must be at least 6.5.
These results must be no more than two years old from the start date of your MSc course.
We also accept other language tests, including PTE Academic, TOEFL. iBT, CPE and CAE.
If you have already taken a test but have not met the required standard, you can apply to take a pre-sessional course at the University.
If you are already studying in the UK
If you completed all of your undergraduate studies in:
a country where English is the official first language
You may be exempt from our English language requirements.
If you have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or 6.0, you may qualify for a combined offer.
Five-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.5 may allow you to take a five-week English course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 6.0.
Ten-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 may allow you to take a ten-week course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.