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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Finance and Business Analytics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Finance and Business Analytics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Master's (MSc) in Finance and Business Analytics is designed to pair the key areas of finance and business analytics. This programme takes a data driven approach to the analysis of financial, market and organisational information. In addition, to cover the key principles of finance, financial modelling and financial markets, the programme includes modules on business analytics and data mining to equip students to work in the data driven areas of finance and financial management.

Key Features of MSc in Finance and Business Analytics

- A full conversion programme that may be completed in a single year

- Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level

- All modules on the Finance and Business Analytics programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career depending on the optional modules you take

- Access to the School of Management investment and trading simulation room to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

No previous study of business analytics or any quantitative subject is required to undertake the Finance and Business Analytics programme.

Modules

Modules on the MSc Finance and Business Analytics programme may include:

Principles of Finance

International Financial Markets

Financial Statement Analysis

Quantitative Financial Analysis

Principles of Law for Accounting and Finance

Financial Modelling

Business Analytics

Data Mining

Corporate Governance & Ethics

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Business Planning and Theory of Entrepreneurship

Project Management

International Management

Accreditation

The MSc Finance and Business Analytics has been awarded the following ACCA exemptions:

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

This means that graduates of our MSc Finance and Busines Analytics will be exempt from three out of nine of the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. Students graduating from the Finance and Business Analytics programme can now leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining eleven.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a Finance and Business Analytics student we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Location and Facilities

Finance and Business Analytics students will be based in a state-of-the-art building and will benefit from the applied research, innovation and employment opportunities offered by this exceptional working environment on the Bay Campus.

Finance and Business Analytics students will have access to high-tech teaching and research spaces, that together with collaborative working and practice areas will ensue the School is able to deliver its commitment to offer an engaging and innovative student experience.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Management (Business Analytics) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Management (Business Analytics) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

We offer a Master's in Management for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The Management (Business Analytics) programme has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. The Management (Business Analytics) covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the Management (Business Analytics) programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.

MSc Management Pathways

- Generalist MSc Management - for you to create your own mix of specialist modules

- Marketing - focused on the challenges of global marketing activities

- Finance – for students interested in financial aspects of management

- Human Resource Management – focused on the challenges of leadership and managing a global work force

- Entrepreneurship – for students interested in the dynamics of starting their own business

- Operations and Supply Management – focused on the management of global operations and supply networks

- International Management – considers contemporary management practice in a global setting

- International Standards – focused on the role of internationals standards (such as ISO) in quality improvement

- Business Analytics – to equip students to work in the era of ‘big data’

- E-Business - investigates the challenges and opportunities of global information systems networks and e-commerce

Key Features of MSc in Management (Business Analytics)

- All modules on the Management (Business Analytics) programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

The MSc Management (Business Analytics) is designed for students interested in understanding the dynamic data driven elements of the business world – from the data behind the internet to global supply pipeline logistics management. This programme on the MSc in Management (Business Analytics) is focused on preparing graduates for work in the era of ‘big data’.

Modules

Modules on the Management (Business Analytics) programme may include:

Professional Skills Development

Human Resource Management

Marketing Management

Operations Management

Strategy

Business Analytics

Data Mining

Research Methods

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Management (Business Analytics) programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Management (Business Analytics) programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

School of Management

Environment:

The School of Management comprises over 150 staff and more than 2000 students studying at the new £450million Bay Campus, with the School of Management building itself providing truly world-class facilities with an impressive communal Atrium, new teaching rooms, meeting room and IT equipment.

School of Management, alongside the Great Hall, also proudly offers high quality conferencing and event capacity all within half a mile of the M4 corridor, that has already attracted several high profile and key events during the short time that the Bay Campus has been open.

Ambition:

Through its enterprise and innovation activities of business engagement the School plans to focus on three global challenges: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Society and Sustainable Economies. The School of Management's aim is to deliver world-class education through collaboration, innovation and fresh thinking, and we pride ourselves on the outstanding student experience on offer here at the School of Management ensuring a rich learning environment, while also developing our staff in line with Swansea University's wider ambition to anchor and underpin everything we do with a core set of values.

Opportunity:

School of Management aspires to be known globally as a centre for educational excellence, working in partnership with other Swansea University departments and organisations to create joint programmes that reflect the skillsets required by an evolving workplace.



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Why choose the MSc in Business Analytics?. Do you want to be a professional analyst who understand both the technologies and the business?. Read more

Why choose the MSc in Business Analytics?

  • Do you want to be a professional analyst who understand both the technologies and the business?
  • Do you want to master the skills in making data-driven business decisions?
  • Do you want to learn the practical use of data visualization tools, statistical analysis tools, and big data technologies?

What is business analytics?

Business Analytics is the intersection of management science and machine learning in real world applications.

It offers new potential to improve financial performance, strategic management and operational efficiency.

Business Analytics is an increasingly critical component in preparing organizations to solve 21st-century business challenges and support data driven decision making.

Programme overview

Our MSc Business Analytics programme is a one year, full-time programme consisting of 6 core modules, and 2 elective modules from a choice of 7 elective modules.

The core modules are conducted via lectures, tutorials, and computer laboratory sessions. Students undertake the dissertation project in Business Analytics in collaboration with one of our international industrial partners.

Graduates of the programme will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge in a range of fields, including business operation, database, statistics, informatics, data analytics, machine learning and big data technologies in real-world business contexts.

Applicants for this programme are required to have at least a second class honours in the first division or international equivalent in any discipline, including business and management, and at least 10 credits equivalent value with significant mathematical/statistical content (However, this course is not suitable for students who have previously studied a significant amount of business analytics).

Teaching and Learning

Our learning environment is highly interactive and innovative with student-centred learning activities.

Other than examinations, our students will be assessed via essays writing, practical exercises, group and individual projects, and oral presentations.

The dissertation focuses on developing students’ skills in applying analytic techniques, communicating and solving the data analytics problem.

Career options for this degree

The area of business analytics is growing in financial sectors, customer services, enterprise optimization, and consumer marketing.

When our students graduate, they will be able to:

  • Find a job in the business firms that require the knowledge of big data and advanced analytic techniques.
  • Study the organisations, management, and international external environments.
  • Gain business insights and professional skills in data mining, data visualization, data management, process modeling, predictive and advanced analytics.
  • Develop the ability to optimize the business processes and management practice.
  • Contribute to business and society at large.

What are the potential careers of our graduates?

  • Business intelligence analytics,
  • Marketing analyst
  • Business systems analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Business consultant
  • Solution Architects


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Businesses are increasingly collecting large amounts of information about their customers and activities. This ‘big data’ is big news with the media, businesses and government as they consider how to use this mass of information in a meaningful way. Read more

Businesses are increasingly collecting large amounts of information about their customers and activities. This ‘big data’ is big news with the media, businesses and government as they consider how to use this mass of information in a meaningful way.

Analysts use their expertise to make sense of this information and interpret it, enabling evidence-based business decisions. As a result, they’re in high demand with employers in every sector.

This programme gives you an insight into business analytics and explores how organisations can exploit the big data revolution. You’ll develop decision-oriented, quantitative analytical skills in a management context, and learn to sift intelligence from the growing volume and variety of data collected on many aspects of life.

Combining theoretical concepts with practical application, you’ll develop a unique mix of quantitative and behavioural skills relevant to data analyses, effective decision-making and management.

Academic excellence

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised academics and business practitioners from our Centre for Decision Research, who are actively engaged in the latest research, advising businesses, governments and international bodies. They share this expertise and knowledge with you in the classroom.

With the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics on campus, the University of Leeds has a growing wealth of expertise and resources in data sciences.

Course content

This programme will build your knowledge and understanding of how business analytics can provide evidence to support management decision-making. You’ll learn how to use different evidence-based approaches to make effective decisions, developing your skills in quantitative analysis.

You’ll consider advanced techniques such as forecasting and have the opportunity to apply your decision-making skills to real-life business and management scenarios. With the support of leading researchers in this constantly shifting landscape, you’ll also gain an understanding of research methods.

A range of optional modules allows you to gain specialist knowledge that suits your interests or career plans.

The course culminates in a 12,000 word dissertation or project, enabling you to apply your learning to a topic of your choice. This is an opportunity to explore the very latest insights with the support of an academic who shares your passion and interest.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Dissertation 45 credits
  • Advanced Management Decision Making 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Forecasting and Advanced Business Analytics 15 credits
  • Evidence Based Consultancy 15 credits
  • Research Methods 15 credits
  • Quantitative Analysis 15 credits

Optional modules

You'll also choose another three optional modules.

  • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
  • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
  • Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks 15 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
  • Designing Information Systems 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Business Analytics and Decision Sciences MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning, computer classes and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Business Analytics and Decision Sciences can expect to have the quantitative skills to analyse complex business information, and use the resulting intelligence to inform business decisions.

You will be ideally placed to pursue a career in analytics and decision making, general and specialist management roles in a range of industries, or as business or market analysts.

Employers in both private and public sectors are actively seeking graduates with these skills, and trends show that the career opportunities are fast increasing. The role of the data scientist was described as the 'Sexiest Job of the 21st Century' by the Harvard Business Review.

Demand for experts in business analytics is growing rapidly and the University of Leeds is at the forefront of developments in this area.

Read more about Business Analytics at Leeds.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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The MSc Business Analytics programme is an innovative new programme designed to develop the practical business analytical skills needed in today’s data rich business world. Read more
The MSc Business Analytics programme is an innovative new programme designed to develop the practical business analytical skills needed in today’s data rich business world. Businesses need trained analysts capable of exploring data to find new patterns and relationships and make business decisions accordingly.

Organisations require analysts capable of generating value from large data sets which cannot be analysed with traditional techniques. You will be taught to apply appropriate analytical techniques within a business context.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course has been specifically designed to give a structured understanding of business analytics. Initially you will be given an overview of big data and business analytics. You will then be taught the analytical techniques underpinning business analytics.

The focus will then be on analytical techniques applicable to specific organisational functions such as: marketing, operations, finance and logistics. We will also develop your skills to improve your business understanding and important communication skills. In addition you will get some commercial research experience for your CV either through your project and dissertation or through the Postgraduate Company Internship (subject to meeting criteria).

Please note: Students will need to pass all Semester 1 modules and attend two compulsory employability skills workshops. After an interview with an internal panel of academics and formal presentation, successful students are selected by the host organisation.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The aim of the programme is to produce post graduate students who as well as understanding the value and benefits of business analytical techniques can apply these techniques and methods to organisation functions in order to facilitate data driven decision making for the organisation.

The objectives of the course are:
-To understand the context of big data and analytics within organisations
-To critically learn, understand and apply techniques underpinning business analytics
-To apply business analytical techniques relevant and appropriate for particular business functions
-To effectively use information tools to deliver effective communication of analysis leading to actionable results

The course consists of the following modules: Big Data and Big Analytics; Business Statistics; Data Mining Methodologies and Applications; Business Modelling; Applied Marketing Analytics; Operations Analytics; Financial Analysis for Decision Making; Global Supply Chain and Logistics; Dissertation or The Postgraduate Consultancy Project.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The MSc Business Analytics graduate will have an opportunity to enter the field of Business Analytics and Consultancy in small, medium or large organisations across the globe. Graduates could enter professions such as management consultants, business analysts, policy analysts, market researchers, operations researchers and data scientists. They could work in public, private and voluntary sectors where such analytical skills would give organisations competitive advantage.

The transferable skills that students develop whilst on the programme will enable them to search for opportunities within and beyond business analytics.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

There will be an emphasis on intercultural experiences for students on the MSc programme via:
-The opportunity for students to enrol on the Global Leaders programme.
-Advertised field trips throughout the School.
-The use of international case studies and examples.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Companies need people who can take data and transform it into a powerful strategic asset. This specialisation provides a rigorous, practical foundation in the key skills needed to unlock the value of data, and an in-depth understanding of how companies can use data to make decisions and improve business performance. Read more

Companies need people who can take data and transform it into a powerful strategic asset. This specialisation provides a rigorous, practical foundation in the key skills needed to unlock the value of data, and an in-depth understanding of how companies can use data to make decisions and improve business performance.

About this degree

Business Analytics (with specialisation in Management Science) is taught by UCL School of Management (in conjunction with UCL Computer Science). It combines modules that explore how data and analytics are transforming key areas of business (decision-making, strategy, marketing, operations) with modules that provide the mathematical and computational skills needed to make effective use of the latest business analytics tools.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Business Strategy and Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Mathematical Foundations for Business Analytics
  • Programming for Business Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Operations Analytics

Optional modules

Students take two optional modules from a selection of elective modules offered by the UCL School of Management and other selected UCL departments. Possible electives, subject to agreement, may cover topics including software engineering, consulting psychology, project management and network analysis.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Business Analytics (with specialisation in Management Science) MSc

Careers

Graduates from this new programme will be likely to find employment in global companies and high-growth businesses, finance and banking organisations, and consulting firms.

Employability

Students will develop strong quantitative and analytical skills, an in-depth understanding of how companies use data to make decisions and improve business performance, and practical experience with leading business analytics tools.

They will be equipped to influence strategy and decision-making, and be able to drive business performance by transforming data into a powerful and predictive strategic asset.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The world is changing: more than 30 billion pieces of content are shared on Facebook every month; and companies are capturing trillions of bytes of information about their customers, suppliers, and operations. This explosion of data is disrupting industries and creating new opportunities. Companies need people who can take data, understand it, process it, extract value from it, visualise it, and communicate it. They need people who deeply understand data, its potential and its limitations, who can frame business problems, analyse data with statistical techniques, develop and maintain predictive models, and communicate analytics results to business executives, partners and customers.

Business Analytics requires a combination of management insight, strong quantitative and analytical skills, and an understanding of the technology required to handle data at scale.

UCL School of Management offers innovative undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes to prepare people for leadership roles in the next generation of innovation-intensive organisations. The school works closely with global companies and high-growth businesses at the cutting-edge of management practice. UCL Computer Science is a global leader in research in experimental computer science.

Students on the Business Analytics (with specialisation in Management Science) MSc will benefit from the extensive industry networks of both departments.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL School of Management

70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Programme description. Given the ever-increasing volume of data that businesses have access to today, there is a demand for employees who have computational and analytical skills and who can help inform business decisions to increase efficiency and ultimately build a competitive edge. Read more

Programme description

Given the ever-increasing volume of data that businesses have access to today, there is a demand for employees who have computational and analytical skills and who can help inform business decisions to increase efficiency and ultimately build a competitive edge. Our Masters in Business Analytics has been developed with just that in mind and aims to train students to understand the variety of business environments as well as importance and relevance of decision problems facing organisations and ways of solving these using a variety of techniques.

Students will learn how to apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics of big data concepts and techniques to generate valuable insight that can assist with decision making. Last, but not least, the Masters will provide students with hands-on experience in applying these concepts and using these techniques and most of the popular analytics software through their projects including industry projects. In sum, the programme aims to equip students with the skills required to interpret, conceptualise and convert Big Data into useful information and thus enabling students to make better informed decisions as future business managers.

Programme structure

All students attend and complete four core courses in Semester 1 and four option courses in Semester 2. The programme concludes with a 60-credit Dissertation.

Learning outcomes

General Educational aims are to:

  • Enable all participants to recognise, understand and apply the language, theory and models of the field of business analytics.
  • Foster an ability to critically analyse, synthesise and solve complex unstructured business problems.
  • Encourage an aptitude for business improvement, innovation and entrepreneurial action.
  • Encourage the sharing of experiences to enhance the benefits of collaborative learning.
  • Instil a sense of ethical decision-making and a commitment to the long-run welfare of both organisations and the communities that they serve.

Specific Educational aims are to:

  • Understand and critically apply the concepts and methods of business analytics.
  • Identify, model and solve decision problems in different settings
  • Interpret results/solutions and identify appropriate courses of action for a given managerial situation whether a problem or an opportunity.
  • Create viable solutions to decision making problems.

Career opportunities

It is anticipated that the demand for data analytics employees will continue and indeed grow as analytics is viewed as a key competitive resource by many companies. If market forecasts are anything to go by then the worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020 (Source: IDC). This will inevitably lead to further growth of the market for employees in the area of data analytics.

The new MSc in Business Analytics will offer students from a range of degree backgrounds the opportunity to equip themselves with an artillery of concepts, methods and applications of business analytics along with hands-on and practical experience in applying them to industry projects in different business settings. It is not just about being able to analyse and digest the data available but to then translate this into effective decision-making. In sum, we expect the new programme to open a range of career pathways in analytics for our graduates including business consultants, business analysts, business intelligence & analytics consultants, metrics & analytics specialists, analytics associates, data analysts, solution architects, business process analysts, management consulting associates, and operational research consultants.



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Overview. Our MSc in Business Analytics will train you to become a business leader of the future. You will develop skills in information technology, quantitative methods for analysing data, and making optimized decisions. Read more

Overview

Our MSc in Business Analytics will train you to become a business leader of the future. You will develop skills in information technology, quantitative methods for analysing data, and making optimized decisions. You will become an expert in the handling and analysis of big data and develop understanding, insight and transferable tools and skills.

We believe that knowledge is gained through experience. Throughout the course, you'll have access to the latest business analytics software thanks to our partnerships with IBM and SAS. You will also have the opportunity to do a dissertation with an industrial partner, applying theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

Why study Business Analytics?

Every day we click buttons, swipe screens and use apps, processing and generating a vast amount of information. There is an increasing demand for business analysts (or data analysts / data scientists) with the skill set to handle the ever growing Big Data and the business opportunities that come with it.

The Bath MSc in Business Analytics is a specialised degree aimed at graduates who want to start their career in the applications of business analytics and to use these skills in diverse contexts such as finance, healthcare, and sustainability to create competitive advantage.

Structure and Content

Our MSc in Business Analytics is a full-time degree that lasts 12 months. It is divided into two semesters and the summer period which runs from June to September. In Semester 1 you will study five core units. In Semester 2, you will study 3 core units and select two optional units from an approved selection.

Semester 1 core units

Databases and business intelligence; Spreadsheet modelling; Operations management; Business statistics and forecasting; Optimisation

Semester 2 core units

Data mining; Heuristics and simulation; Analytics in practice (taught in partnership with IBM)

Semester 2 optional units

Sustainable operations management; Project management; Operations strategy; Analytics in context

For more information on the course structure, please visit our website: http://management-masters.bath.ac.uk/course/business-analytics/content-and-structure

Dissertation

The course will finish with a dissertation. You will produce a 12,000-15,000 word piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year. Your dissertation should demonstrate originality, innovation and drive.

The dissertation can be done as a company project, subject to approval from the Director of Studies.

Personal career development

We know that an important reason for doing a master's degree is to improve your career prospects and our graduates have an impressive employment record. As the MSc in Business Analytics launched in 2017, we don't have any graduate data yet, but 100% of MSc in Management students (class of 2016) were employed within 6 months of graduation. Employment data based on those who were looking for work and for whom data is held. Based on Financial Times ranking methodology

We have years of experience working with a range of organisations and we will make sure you have access to as many organisations as possible, from day one of your degree. we will also help you to develop the skills needed to achieve your career goals. You will enjoy various timetabled and optional career activities during the year. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of optional workshops and events designed to improve your CV.

 Careers support at Bath :

  • A dedicated careers advisor
  • Career training and workshops (including interview practice and support for assessment centres)
  • Industry insight events
  • Opportunities to meet graduate recruiters
  • Support for international students
  • Support for entrepreneurs

A highly ranked business school

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools and a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014. We are currently ranked 1st for Marketing and 2nd for Business and Management in The Complete University Guide 2018 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings-and-accreditations.html)

 Learn about our faculty here: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/

 Find out how to apply here: http://management-masters.bath.ac.uk/apply/



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Organisations of all sizes must analyse complex business data to remain competitive. Business analytics helps to predict market trends and improve business processes. Read more
Organisations of all sizes must analyse complex business data to remain competitive. Business analytics helps to predict market trends and improve business processes. It empowers managers to make strategic decisions to improve performance in areas such as product development, operations, marketing, sales and supply chain management.

Our MSc Business Analytics develops your analytical skills so you can solve complex business problems. You’re trained to organise, integrate and interpret data so you can make insightful forecasts into all aspects of business operation and implement appropriate actions.

You cover topics such as:
-Statistics and forecasting
-Data mining, visual and analytical techniques
-Global supply networks
-Economic theory
-Business management

Our range of optional modules gives you the opportunity to specialise in a variety of complementary business, management and marketing subjects.

Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is home to the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps local authorities and businesses across the UK to harness data more effectively. Not only does the centre have expert data analytics facilities, you’re taught by academics who are actively involved in researching big data and collaborating with businesses to solve real-world issues.

Our School is home to an international community of students and staff. Across our two campuses, our current Masters students join us from more than 40 different nationalities. The University of Essex also offers a number of scholarship and discounts for Masters study, including tailored awards for international applicants.

MSc Business Analytics can be studied on a full-time, part-time or modular basis (ideal if you’d like to gain a qualification whilst in employment).

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert academics are at the forefront of the big data debate and reflect this thinking in their teaching.

Essex Business School is in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and is recognised for being at the cutting edge of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.

Specialist facilities

MSc Business Analytics is based at our Southend Campus, with its excellent study and social facilities.

You benefit from being located close to London in the Thames Gateway, one of the UK’s priority areas for economic growth – offering fantastic internship and networking opportunities.

Southend is a seaside town with award-winning beaches, a vibrant night life and excellent transport links. You have access to The Forum, a state-of-the-art building with 24-hour computer suites and study pods. Unlike our Colchester Campus, Essex Business School in Southend is a town centre campus, so you’re amongst the buzz of the High Street, with its excellent bars, shops and restaurants and employment opportunities.

The University of Essex provides initiatives, including those for international students, to help you perform to your best academic potential, such as free academic English classes.

Your future

Data is the driving force behind critical business decisions, so data scientists and analysts are in great demand in both start-ups and well-established companies. Becoming an expert in data analytics means you can help businesses gain competitive advantage by becoming better at making decisions and predictions through organising, analysing, integrating and interpreting data.

This course will equip you with essential numerical, analytical and problem solving skills for a thriving career as a business analyst, manager, or consultant in private and public enterprises.

We have a dedicated employability team within our department, in addition to the University of Essex Employability and Careers Centre, so you are well-placed to find work opportunities both during your course and after you graduate.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Business Analytics - MSc
-Managerial Economics
-Global Supply Chain and Operations Management
-Business Analytics for Managers and Entrepreneurs
-Applied Statistics and Forecasting
-Research Methods
-Dissertation
-International Business and Strategy (optional)
-The International Business Environment (optional)
-Creating and Managing the New and Entrepreneurial Organisation (optional)

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Prepare for an efficient leadership within the digital transformation to create value for businesses and society. At the intersection between data science, statistics and management,. Read more

Prepare for an efficient leadership within the digital transformation to create value for businesses and society

At the intersection between data science, statistics and management, Business Analytics consists of using data to inform strategic decision making under uncertainty and to optimise business processes. In the digital economy with the proliferation of data, businesses have understood the tactical and strategic importance of analytics - the learning from data - as a critical field to detect and monitor client behaviours and expectations, or even future market trends.

Business Analytics tries to answer the following questions: "What has happened?" (descriptive analytics), "Why did it happen?" (explanatory or diagnostic analytics), "What will happen?" (predictive analytics) and "What should be done?" (prescriptive analytics). As such, Business Analytics is about bringing the business questions to the data.

Investing in Business Analytics can lead to a substantial competitive advantage, which, in certain sectors, ensures prosperity or even survival. Analytics is also one of the most promising approaches for public authorities who, in terms of transport, energy or public health, are required to manage and leverage the explosion of data to generate greater value for both businesses and society.

Given the increasing importance of "big data" in the economy, GSEM offers a new master program in Business Analytics that provides a wide range of career opportunities. This program responds to the growing need of medium to large organisations to leverage the use of data and to transform data assets into better management decisions.

Objectives

  • Support students to manage, analyse and use data in strategic, tactical and operational decision making under uncertainty
  • Prepare students for an efficient leadership within the digital transformation to create value for businesses and society
  • Bridge the gap between university education and professional needs

Career opportunities

With the proliferation of data and the present lack of analytical talent, students of the Master in Business Analytics will have excellent career opportunities across the globe. The McKinsey Global Institute estimated in 2016 a demand of 2 to 4 million “business translators” that serve as the link between analytical talent and practical business applications in the US economy by 2026. In 2017, the Business Higher Education Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers projected data science and analytics-related job postings in the US alone to grow from 2.35 million in 2015 to 2.72 million by 2020.

Application

The application procedure opens every year at the beginning of January.

Applications close on 28 February for all students.

There is only one Master intake in September every year. Attendance is mandatory for admitted students from day one.



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Specialize in optimizing company decisions by using data and mathematical models and algorithms. Read more

Course details

Specialize in optimizing company decisions by using data and mathematical models and algorithms
Do you like working with data and mathematics? Do you want to specialize in solving the most complex decision problems, from supply chain management to vehicle routing and from donor kidney allocation to train scheduling? Then Business Analytics and Operations Research is the right program for you.

Apply the theory in practice, and learn to communicate efficiently with decision makers
This program teaches generic Data Science and Optimization methods that allow you to solve decision problems in a wide variety of applications. Examples from logistics include vehicle routing, supply chain optimization, and inventory management. But there are many other applications, such as donor kidney allocation and optimizing tumor treatment plans in the medical field, or dike height optimization and train scheduling in the public sector.

Because Business Analytics and Operations Research are predominantly applied fields, you will also develop the skills to successfully apply the theory in practice, and to communicate efficiently with the decision makers.

The program offers you:

- a degree qualification held in high regard by international organizations that increasingly depend on quantitative methods to support their operations, logistics and supply chain management decision-making.

- a program that is comparable to top Business Analytics and Operations Research programs in the world, both in terms of the contents of the courses and the quality of the teachers and supervisors.

- excellent career perspectives: The Master's program in Business Analytics and Operations Research is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Business Analytics and Operations Research professionals are currently in very high demand, and the demand is predicted to increase even further.

- relevant, real-world learning where the emphasis is on solving actual business problems and turning data into managerial insights, whether it is during in-class exercises or while on an internship in a company.

- BAOR Mastermind, your ideal opportunity to explore the labor market and meet your future employer! We invite companies that give you insight in real business cases. You will also get the opportunity to discuss new trends in Business Analytics and Operations Research with academics and practitioners.

- lectures by teachers and supervisors that are leading experts in this field, with strong links with practice.

- small class-sizes giving you more quality time with approachable and supportive professors and closer interaction with your classmates

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? Do you want to explore… Read more
Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? Do you want to explore the latest techniques for analysing ‘big data’ in order to improve an organisation’s decision making? This course develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in business analytics that starts after the first semester.

Specialist modules cover topics like business intelligence and marketing metrics. The course culminates in either a master’s dissertation or, if you prefer, a consultancy project where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real client. Throughout the course there’s a focus on self-development and employability.

There is no requirement to have studied business or business analytics at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

This course can also be studied over 2 years full time (with a year abroad) - for more information, please view this web-page:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/business-with-business-analytics-with-study-abroad-msc-dtybba6/

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work and presentations. The master’s dissertation or consultancy project will form a major part of the assessment.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new, higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your 15,000-word dissertation or your master’s consultancy project. We’ll support you in the development and completion of the dissertation/project.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief. It’ll be essential to undertake primary and desk research combined with reading and reflection.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

The master’s consultancy project offers an (optional) opportunity to develop practical experience. You’ll work in a small group, typically no more than five people, and tackle a live project from a host organisation under the mentorship of a member of our academic team. The project will require you to link theory to practice while simultaneously honing your employability skills.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Thanks to the specialist modules – Business Intelligence, Marketing Metrics and Analysis, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in areas related to business analytics, including market research, digital marketing and consulting.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? Do you want to explore the latest techniques for analysing ‘big data’ in order to improve an organisation’s decision making? This two-year course with study abroad develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in business analytics.

Specialist modules will cover topics like business intelligence and marketing metrics. You’ll develop your research skills through a master’s dissertation or an investigative consultancy project related to an issue faced by a real client.

In the second year of this course you’ll undertake study in another country. Employers often prefer applicants who have a strong international awareness. Our exchange option will increase your experience and it’ll help you stand out from others.

There is no requirement to have studied business or business analytics at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll spend a whole semester studying in another country which will take your international experience to another level. We organise exchanges at one of our partner Universities which will most likely be in Europe, but opportunities do exist further afield. You’ll study general business topics or deepen your specialism in analytics, with English as the language of teaching. There may also be studies related to the language and culture of the host region. On your return you’ll complete your dissertation or consultancy project.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work and presentations. The master’s dissertation or consultancy project will form a major part of the assessment.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

At Northumbria it’s easy to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new, higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your 15,000-word dissertation or your master’s consultancy project. We’ll support you in the development and completion of the dissertation/project.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief. It’ll be essential to undertake primary and desk research combined with reading and reflection.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be extending your international experience and widening your knowledge of business topics. You’ll develop an intercultural awareness that will help you stand out from other job applicants. Our network of partners and academic links will make it easier for you to find the right university in the right country to suit your interests and aspirations.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Some employers require completion of a two-year master’s and this course will meet their requirement.

Thanks to the specialist modules – Business Intelligence, Marketing Metrics and Analysis, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in areas related to business analytics, including market research, digital marketing and consulting.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? Do you want to gain… Read more
Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? Do you want to gain experience of the latest techniques for analysing ‘big data’ in order to improve an organisation’s decision making? This two-year course with advanced practice develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in business analytics.

Specialist modules will cover topics like business intelligence and marketing metrics. You’ll develop your research skills through a master’s dissertation or an investigative consultancy project related to an issue faced by a real client.

In the second year of this course you’ll undertake an internship or further consultancy project. The course fee is divided evenly between year 1 and year 2. In addition, while you can only work twenty hours per week during term time, you can use the extra vacation periods to travel or work full time and help fund your time in the UK.

There is no requirement to have studied business or business analytics at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll undertake an internship or consultancy project for a whole semester. You’ll follow this up with an Applied Management Work Investigation Report that will critically analyse an issue related to your practical experience.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work and presentations. The master’s dissertation or consultancy project will form a major part of the assessment.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

At Northumbria it’s easy to put your learning into practice. In addition to the Advanced Practice element of the course, further opportunities for experiential learning are available through our Student Engagement Centre which promotes volunteering and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new, higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your 15,000-word dissertation or your master’s consultancy project. We’ll support you in the development and completion of the dissertation/project.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief. It’ll be essential to undertake primary and desk research combined with reading and reflection.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be gaining workplace experience and putting your new learning into practice. You’ll develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We’ll help you find an internship / project that matches your interests and career aspirations, building on Newcastle Business School’s very successful background in placing students.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Some employers require completion of a two-year master’s degree and this course will meet their requirement.

Thanks to the specialist modules – Business Intelligence, Marketing Metrics and Analysis, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in areas related to business analytics, including market research, digital marketing and consulting.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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MSc Business Analytics has been designed to help you gain the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a career in business analytics. Big data and business analytics are areas where employers are finding increasing difficulty in recruiting graduates with the right qualifications and skills. There is a growing demand for such roles but also a significant gap between current graduates’ analytical skills and employers’ needs. By completing this programme, you will improve your employability opportunities by gaining the expertise needed to analyse big data, improve decision-making and help companies gain a competitive advantage.

This programme will equip you with the quantitative skills needed to understand and engage with complex data as well as the analytical tools to drive business advantage. You will deepen your knowledge of business analytics, web analytics, data mining and management consultancy with a view to using that knowledge to improve the decision-making process in business.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-Descriptive Analytics
-Decision Models
-Performance Analytics
-Effective Management Consultancy
-Data Mining and Web Analytics
-Applied Research
-Business Analytics in Practice
-Gamification in Business Decisions
-Professional Development Programme.

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation. You should ensure that your choice of elective modules is consistent with your intended dissertation topic area.

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a range of specialist careers as a consultant, data analyst, manager or business analyst. Modern businesses in the UK and worldwide have a great need for professionals with analytical planning and big data analysis skills.

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

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