MSc Business Analytics
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
GBP 23,100 *
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* international fee
The increase in the volume, variety, and velocity of data creates opportunities for businesses to improve decision making and develop new data-driven products and services. MSc Business Analytics has been developed to meet the demand for qualified professionals, who possess the necessary expertise to realise end-to-end business analytics solutions and are equipped to utilise data for business decision-making purposes.
The programme is built around the three core areas needed to succeed in analytics: business knowledge, statistics, and computing. This includes modules focusing on the application of analytics in core business functions such as marketing and human resources, as well as modules focusing on developing and applying technical skills such as advanced analytics and machine learning, data management, and data-driven decision making. In total, students will study eight modules in addition to pre-course training and a final dissertation project. The dissertation project will involve the application of the business, technical, and statistical skills learnt during the taught modules.
The programme will include an induction course, where pre-course training in key statistics and computer skills will ensure students from a range of backgrounds have the necessary skills to undertake the course.
Business Analytics Highlights
- Developed by staff with industry and academic backgrounds, the course is tailored towards the key skills required to succeed in a business analytics role.
- Industry reports show a global shortage of data scientists. Students will learn to use cutting edge and industry-standard tools and techniques to enable career development.
- The MSc Business Analytics is taught in the landscaped setting of Riddell Hall which features excellent facilities, including a dedicated computer lab with the latest analytics software.
- Students will learn how to use state-of-the-art, industry-standard software over the duration of the programme. This includes software such as R, SAS, KNIME, and Tableau.
The MSc Business Analytics will appeal to students who intend to pursue a career in a business analytics related field, such as data science, business intelligence, consultancy, informatics, or decision intelligence.
Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
MSc Business Analytics students can expect to study the following modules:
- Statistics for Business
- Data Management
- HR Analytics
- Operations Management
- Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning
- Data-Driven Decision Making
- Artificial Intelligence in Business and Society
- Marketing Analytics
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching methods include a mix of computer lab-based sessions and lectures.
Tools and techniques learned in the classroom context will be used to address business problems. This will involve a mix of teaching methods to enable students to build the technical and business expertise required for a successful career in analytics. This includes methods such as computer/software practical demonstrations and training, lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem-centred techniques such as national and international case studies, non-book media (videos and podcasts), individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums, industry visits and practitioner workshops. Specific details are provided in the programme specification, including details on assessments.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Assessments will focus on both theory and practical application of business analytics, including the use of data to gain business insights, the development of analytics solutions, essays and group work. It is anticipated that students will have approximately 30 hours of direct academic contact time (drawing on methods outlined above) per module. In addition to the direct teaching hours per module, each student will normally be expected to spend approximately 120 hours on individual study time plus time for assessment completion, per module.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Master's courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
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