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This programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools. Read more
This programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools.

Why this programme

◾You will develop the skills required to manage portfolios to optimise clients' objectives, exploit available information to forecast future behaviour of stocks, interest and exchange rates, and provide analysis of financial investment.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President of Morgan Stanley.
◾The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets
◾Portfolio analysis and investment.

Optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Applied computational finance
◾Behavioural economics: theory and applications
◾C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Corporate finance and investment
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Empirical asset pricing
◾Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Hedge fund risk management
◾International finance and money
◾Investment, finance and asset prices
◾Mathematical finance.

Career prospects

Career paths will be in financial institutions including central banks, investment banks as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, asset management firms, governmental bodies and banks. Recent graduates have gone on to work in organisations such as Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and various investment firms and banks.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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The Economics master’s program provides students with the knowledge required for entry-level or mid-level positions conducting economic analysis and forecasting within industry or government. Read more
The Economics master’s program provides students with the knowledge required for entry-level or mid-level positions conducting economic analysis and forecasting within industry or government. Courses are selected to allow students to be well prepared for these as well as related alternatives.

Visit the website: http://manderson.cba.ua.edu/academics/departments/masters_program/master_of_arts_in_economics

Course detail

Students pursue the master’s degree by following one of three different tracks. Each track is designed with a different objective, though the choice of one over the other does not close any option the student may later want to pursue. Markets may rise and fall, but our graduates remain ahead.

Track 1: PhD Preparation

Track I prepares the student for a doctoral program.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 610
Seminar in Microeconomic Theory

EC 611
Seminar in Macroeconomic Theory

EC 616
Seminar in Monetary Economics

EC 660
Game Theory

EC 670
Econometrics

ST 554
Mathematical Statistics I

In addition to these courses, students would complete an additional twelve hours of graduate coursework.

Track 2: Applied Economics

Track II is for students who want to prepare for a career for which they apply the skills of economic analysis. These jobs are typically in the financial sector, government agencies or industry.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 508
Microeconomic Theory

EC 513
Economic Forecasting & Analysis

ST 521
Statistical Data Management SAS I

ST 531
Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining I

EC 509
Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

EC 571
Econometrics

ST 522
Advanced Statistical Data Management SAS II

ST 532
Advanced Data Mining II

The set of required courses enhance students’ understandings of the core concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics, developing the quantitative skills necessary to work in econometrics and economic forecasting.

Track 3: Policy Economics

The set of courses enhances students’ understanding of the core concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as enhancing students’ skills in understanding and analyzing policy issues. Students also gain quantitative skills through course work in econometrics and economic forecasting. This degree program requires 30 hours of coursework.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 508
Microeconomic Theory

EC 513
Economic Forecasting & Analysis

EC 509
Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

EC 571
Econometrics

Four 500-level elective courses are also required.


How to apply: http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

Fund your studies

Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive information and services regarding opportunities to finance the cost of education at The University of Alabama. We recognize that financial assistance is an important key to helping reach your educational and career goals. The financial aid staff is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible. Visit the website to find out more: http://financialaid.ua.edu/

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This programme offers training in the core areas of finance. It draws on recent developments in each of the subject areas with a quantitative approach to understanding the structure of financial markets and forecasting their expected movements. Read more
This programme offers training in the core areas of finance. It draws on recent developments in each of the subject areas with a quantitative approach to understanding the structure of financial markets and forecasting their expected movements.

Why this programme

-◾This programme will develop both your understanding of theory in lecture-based teaching and its practical application in computer labs, allowing you to develop real-life skills, such as pricing financial derivatives and forecasting exchange rates.
◾The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10% worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.
◾The Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial derivatives
◾Mathematical finance
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets.

Optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Applied computational finance
◾C++ in finance
◾Empirical asset pricing
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Portfolio analysis and investment (co-requisite for Advanced portfolio analysis).

Career prospects

In addition to providing a strong foundation for PhD research, particularly for our PhD in Quantitative Finance, this programme will prepare you for a career in financial institutions, government organisations and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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Your programme of study. A good MBA can really make you stand out for the top jobs in any type of business in fast paced major growth, transformation, innovation and operational change in any country and business discipline area. Read more

Your programme of study

A good MBA can really make you stand out for the top jobs in any type of business in fast paced major growth, transformation, innovation and operational change in any country and business discipline area. You develop insights across the top discipline functions such as finance, strategy, economics and project management, marketing, leading and managing people, supply chain and new business creation. These are all disciplines within themselves which you rapidly acquire skills and knowledge to manage successfully. These are essential disciplines to many known high street brands, service industries, online businesses and high growth start ups which ensure that if you start a business using existing skills or a new team that you are likely to provide a high growth enterprise very quickly. Alternatively you may have been employed within a sector undergoing a real transformation to prevent threat to business existence which involves you in making changes very quickly at operational level using the range of disciplines you learn.

In this situation you can overcome the threats quickly to ensure long term viability whilst managing short term risks to business and you can be a very sought after individual due to your ability to quickly assess what needs to be done with minimum impact to allow long term profitability. Many brands have recently been disrupted by mass communications and the rapid rise in online trading, some were able to quickly re-organise their business model to avoid going out of business, some were able to innovate and others relied on a wide variety of techniques to allow them to reinvent themselves. MBA positions are normally fast paced but very rewarding in terms of achievements and business satisfaction.

Aberdeen MBA - On Campus

The Aberdeen University MBA is a one year full-time management programme which covers all the main disciplines of business management. You take leading edge modules during our intensive summer school, which is run by visiting scholars, as well as our own expert staff at the University of Aberdeen Business School. In drawing upon the international expertise of research-active staff, the programme promotes the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge in preparing students for effective management careers in both the private and public sectors. You can take this programme over a year full time or two years part time with September or January start.

You may be able to continue working whilst you study, but there is also an online option which may help you manage your time much better whilst studying (below)

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Accounting & Finance For Managers

Provides an understanding of accounting information and financial reporting and introduces key aspects of financial analysis to undertake accounting; ratio analysis, user-group specific tools, e.g. Z scores and credit ratings; accounting information, the stock market; forecasting and valuation.

  • Operations Management

You look at the management of capacity and inventory, production planning and control, project management and the management and improvement of quality.

  • Business Economics

You examine the ways in which economic theory may be applied to solve real business problems, focussing on aspects of economics vital to a student of business, to be comfortable with the tools of economic analysis as applied to the international, economic and business environments in which modern day businesses and policy makers have to operate.

  • Business Strategy & Organisation

Drawing mainly on microeconomics theories and applications in order to introduce students to many typical business situations.

Semester 2

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing management and strategic planning across product and all communications areas of business
  • Managing People At Work
  • Management of people as a key element for organisational success
  • Managing Change and Innovation

You look at the context of innovation and change examining new product development (goods and services), innovation and change.

  • The Leadership Challenge

Investigates how each of us behave in a leadership role to develop your behaviour and your method of leadership.

Semester 3

  • Strategic Financial Analysis
  • Key concepts of financial forecasting and analysis
  • Talking to Teams
  • Investigates how teams are shaped in terms of performance by their managers communication methods
  • People, Creativity and Change

The course helps you to understand the relationship between creativity and change within an organisation.

  • Supply Chain Management

You will gain a strong understanding of the supply chain.

  • Internationalisation

You will look at how globalisation affects the contemporary small business, trade and social capital.

  • Essential Human Resource Practise

The course helps you appreciate the links between HR procedures and organisational outcomes with practical issues faced by employees.

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 3 University for world leading research impact in Business and Management (REF 2014)
  • Teaching is informed by close links with industry and delivered by industry professionals in some cases
  • You gain top level operational management across special core functions required to drive business growth

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen for the MBA (Aberdeen)
  • Online for the MBA (Global)
  • Full time and part time options available plus September, January available for the MBA (Aberdeen) and other options available for the Online MBA

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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The MSc Statistics offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics which will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject and its applications. Read more

Overview

The MSc Statistics offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics which will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject and its applications.

The programme will provide you with specific techniques and skills suitable for a professional career in statistics or as a solid basis for research in the area.

Optional topics typically include generalised linear models, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, the bootstrap, multivariate analysis, spatial statistics, time series and forecasting, multilevel models, stochastic finance, and shape and image analysis.

This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Key facts:

- This course is informed by the work being carried out in the Statistics and Probability research group.

- The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the largest and strongest mathematics departments in the UK, with over 50 full-time academic staff.

- In the latest independent Research Assessment Exercise, the School ranked 8th in the UK in "research power" across the three subject areas within the School of Mathematical Sciences (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research).

Modules

Advanced Stochastic Processes

Applications of Statistics

Computational Statistics

Fundamentals of Statistics

Medical Statistics

Statistics Dissertation

Time Series and Forecasting

Topics in Biomedical Statistics

English language requirements for international students

IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)

Further information



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This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector. Read more

Why take this course?

This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector.

It combines theoretical and applied aspects of economics, finance and banking alongside an understanding of business decisions and strategy. You’ll interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy arguments as well as develop your financial forecasting techniques.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade. On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

The government sector
Commercial banks
Insurance companies
Regulatory bodies

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Contracts, Markets and Regulation:

You will learn about contemporary economic theories which assist with identifying issues, problems and solutions, and how these are applied to decision-making. Topics include the objectives of the firm, creating and sustaining competitive advantage, consumer behaviour and strategic choices, advertising and innovation, principal-agent theory, property rights and the boundaries of the firm, regulation, social welfare and public policy.

Financial Econometrics:

You will gain a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, in order to provide you with a strong, intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance. To do this, you will use the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS.

Finance and Financial Markets:

In the first part of this unit you will study corporate finance and financial decision-making. You will learn about the ideas and techniques used by corporations to make decisions on investment, financing, dividend policy and capital structure. In the second part you will study finance from the financial markets’ perspective, covering stock and bond pricing models, portfolio investment and risk management using derivatives, such as futures, forwards, options and swaps.

International Banking:

In this unit you will study commercial and investment banking at national, international and global levels. Topics covered include money and the banking system, banking structures and regulations, risk management in banking, scale and scope economies and the measurement of competition in banking, determinants of bank crashes and failures, global banking and regulation, global financial markets and instruments and derivatives-related financial crises.

Research Methods and Dissertation:

You will need to complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and banking sectors. Opportunities include business professionals and commercial, industrial and public sector managers, as well as many other positions with responsibility for decision making. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Financial analyst
Account manager
Trader in financial assets
Purchasing and acquisitions officer
Econometrician

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If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations. Read more

Why take this course?

If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations.

It is a practically orientated course based on financial, computational and modelling studies related to financial decision making and analysis. You’ll apply your improved decision-making ability in a range of areas including investment, risk management, budgeting, planning and forecasting.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemption for their five Certificate level papers on successful completion of this course.

For the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we currently have exemptions from Fundamentals Level papers F1 - F3.

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Commercial banking
Corporate finance
Financial planning
Insurance
Investment banking
Money management
Real estate

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering decision and risk analysis, strategic management accounting, investment strategies and business valuation. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: This will enable you to gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.

Strategic Business Planning and Control: You will start on this unit by considering the internal perspectives of the firm in areas such as business planning and control including issues such as budgeting, the design of management control systems and the development of spreadsheet-based decision support systems. You will then build on this foundation by developing a more strategic corporate perspective. You will explore the relationships between strategy, strategic management and strategic management accounting and set the latter in the context of the historical development of management accounting in general.

Managerial Finance and Financial Markets: You will be introduced to key theoretical issues relating to financial markets and institutions, investments and corporate financial management and their practical applications and limitations. The areas covered will encompass shareholder value and the goals of the firm and the process of shareholder value creation, project evaluation and the discounted cash flow model, capital market theories including the efficient markets hypotheses and the ideas of modern portfolio theory. From this core understanding you will move on to look at the psychological, institutional and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. You will consider key empirical research on the explanatory and predictive power of models in the context of implementing investment strategies. This will be assisted by guided critical analysis of research and analysis of live data.

Corporate Finance and Valuation: This unit will give you the opportunity to consider the primary financial decisions of the firm focussing on advanced capital budgeting techniques and the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories and financing policy, and dividend policy. You will appraise theories in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. Advanced study in business valuation will give you a practical understanding and further enable you to apply key professional techniques, which is particularly relevant for mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Research Methods and Dissertation: This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. On completing this programme you will be ideally placed to develop your own research projects and work within professional research teams.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, case studies and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly, yet challenging class environment.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, financial consultancy and project management in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in non-financial companies or consultancy firms, government departments and international agencies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial finance analyst
Bid pricing executive
Finance internship
Graduate econometrician
Hedge fund manager

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This programme will look at the economic and financial determinants of financial risk including market risk and some elements of liquidity and counterpart risk. Read more
This programme will look at the economic and financial determinants of financial risk including market risk and some elements of liquidity and counterpart risk. You will learn how to take advantage of the opportunities inherent to financial risk.

Why this programme

◾You will learn about the determination of interest rates in bind markets, about risk management, bank regulation and the preventive role of financial regulation.
◾You will learn from internationally published academics in financial economics, many of whom have worked as research collaborators or consultants with the IMF, World Bank, numerous central banks and HM Treasury.
◾The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Teaching is based on lectures which also allow opportunities for class discussion. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly small tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with some issues or questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software.

Core courses
-Basic econometrics
-Economic fundamentals and financial markets
-Financial markets, securities and derivatives
-Financial risk analysis.

Students can drop Basic Econometrics and take Modelling and Forecasting Financial Markets as a core subject if they have a strong background in Econometrics.

Sample optional courses
-Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
-Applied computational finance
-C++ in Finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Corporate finance and investment
-Corporate finance theory
-Empirical asset pricing
-Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Financial market micro structure
-Financial services
-Game theory with applications in economics and finance
-Hedge fund risk management
-International finance and money
-Mathematical finance
-Modelling and forecasting financial markets
-Portfolio analysis and investment

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be qualified to work in organisations such as central banks, investment banks, the IMF and the World Bank, asset management firms and governments bodies. Recent graduates have gone on to work at Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Deloitte, Development Bank of China, and different banks around the world.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field. Read more
This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, management and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, management or financial data and relating the results to theory.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a stimulating research environment.

Programme structure

Core units
-Economics for Finance and Management
-Finance and Accounting
-Management
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units - You will choose one option from each of the key subject areas of economics, finance and management and a fourth option from the entire range on offer. Optional units can vary from time to time but may include:

Economics options:
-Growth, Trade and Structural Change
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Introduction to Development Economics
-Law and Economics
-Personnel Economics

Finance and accounting options:
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting

Management options:
-Electronic Commerce
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Careers

Some past students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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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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Summary. This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytic skill set necessary for success in business and industry. Read more

Summary

This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytic skill set necessary for success in business and industry. From day one you will find yourself working with multinational organisations on case studies to develop your abilities in applied analytics. Opportunities for summer projects in a wide range of industries are an integral part of the programme.

Full time study: This one year masters programme is suitable for numerate graduates. The MSc programme lasts for twelve months.

Part-time study: This scheme is suitable for numerate students who are qualified to enter the one year full time scheme but wish to study on a part time basis. Project work takes the special circumstances of a particular student into account.

Many prestigious organisations recruit our students because of the strong vocational training on this programme. You should be numerate, a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy problem-solving. A three-month project follows successful completion of the instructional component. The majority of projects involve either working on a placement or in partnership with a company or organisation.

Introducing your course

Operational researchers play a fundamental role in the modern world, providing analytics and guidance to management teams. This MSc will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide effective solutions to complex organizational challenges in a business environment. You will study modules such as revenue management and forecasting and you will learn to use optimization techniques to enhance productivity.

The summer dissertation gives you an opportunity to develop your research skills, often in a commercial setting, and our industrial liaison team will work with you to find a project that suits your skills and ambitions.

What is Operational Research?

Operational Research is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems. Even within the same organisation Operational Research tends to be highly varied because of its project-driven nature. This breadth of experience offers an exciting and rewarding career in many organisations and in general management. Moreover the nature of the work brings an Operations Research graduate into early contact with senior management, and career advancement is typically rapid.

Why do an MSc?

An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in OR. The MSc is also a good preparation for research work.

A highlight of the programme is the 3-month summer project. The student is usually placed with a nearby company and works on a real problem of practical importance to that company.

Environment

The Operational Research Group in Mathematics is a strong committed team of 11 lecturing staff and a number of research staff. The Group teaches a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as undertaking consultancy work for outside organisations. Many of the staff are internationally known in their fields of research.

CORMSIS Business Advisory Board

This Committee is a good indicator of the high regard in which the Southampton MSc programmes involving Operational Research are held by outside organisations. Its purpose is to ensure that the MSc programmes produce graduates with the requisite skills for the needs of industry. It also provides a focal point for liaison between the Operational Research Group and industry. You have the chance to meet the Committee several times during the year. Major companies including Shell, British Airways, BAA, BT, The AA, Dstl and HM Revenue & Customs are represented on the Committee.

Modules

Compulsory modules: Deterministic Operational Research (OR) Methods; Presenting Reports; Case Studies; Problem Structuring; Data Analytics; Statistical Methods; Stochastic OR Methods; Visual Basic for Applications

Optional modules include: Credit Scoring and Data Mining; Financial Portfolio Theory; Forecasting; Game Theory in Business; Healthcare Modelling; Nonlinear Optimisation; Project Management; Revenue Management; Data Visualisation Plus dissertation as three-month project (MSc only)



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As data capture becomes more widespread and the need for data analysis skills ever more vital, a shortfall in qualified professionals able to effectively structure, make sense of, and draw useful conclusions from complex sets of data has emerged. Read more
As data capture becomes more widespread and the need for data analysis skills ever more vital, a shortfall in qualified professionals able to effectively structure, make sense of, and draw useful conclusions from complex sets of data has emerged.

This innovative masters course has been specifically designed in close consultation with industry partners (including Teradata, Innovation Partners, BT, SAS and the Pensions Regulator) to produce graduates with the unique combination of skills required to address this industry need.

As a University of Brighton student, you will graduate with a particularly broad – and much in demand – skill set. Your data analysis skills will develop in tandem with your experience of managing data analysis projects end-to-end, proposing sound business cases and strategies for analysis, performing and overseeing analyses, as well as critically appraising and presenting results to others.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

The course covers three main areas:

• data management (structuring and manipulating data for analysis purposes)
• data interpretation (statistical analysis using advanced features of industry-standard software such as SAS and R to draw meaningful conclusions)
• project management (the business-specific and strategic aspects of analytics).

Throughout the course, your teaching will be informed by cutting-edge business developments as well as ongoing staff research. Specialisations include risk analysis, medical image analysis and time series.

A range of partners provide industry-based projects to help students gain hands-on experience. Guest lecturers have included expert Tom Khabaza, the author of 9 Laws of Data Mining.

Syllabus

You will study five core modules. One of these involves a major project, with possible industry collaboration, that will provide you with hands-on experience.

As a Data Analytics student, you will also choose option modules allowing you to tailor the degree around your own interests.

Core modules:

Data Management
Programming for Analytics
Data Visualisation and Analysis
Business Analytics Strategy and Practice
Industry project

Options:

Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Modelling
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Data
Stochastic Methods and Forecasting
Risk Analysis and Retail Finance
Medical Statistics

Employability

A wide variety of organisations draw upon data analytics specialists to help produce valuable information for decision-making, for example commodity price forecasting, customer intelligence, clinical trials, R&D, and many other areas utilising large amounts of data.

Graduates are able to choose from a wide variety of private, governmental and academic roles, depending on their personal interests.

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Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research. Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership. Read more
  • Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research
  • Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Work on a research project with one of over 30 industrial partners
  • Gain hands-on experience through our field course, atmospheric observatory and professional forecaster training delivered by the Met Office

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Operational forecasting systems and applications
  • Hazardous weather
  • Measurements and instrumentation
  • Experiencing the weather field course

For an idea of what topics you may be able to study, view our 2017/18 modules list (2018/19 modules may differ).

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.

In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.



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As a student of Applied Economics, you will be prepared to work at a private firm or government agency in forecasting, market research or policy analysis. Read more
As a student of Applied Economics, you will be prepared to work at a private firm or government agency in forecasting, market research or policy analysis. You'll be learning in a program that emphasizes the practical aspects of economic theory and provides a solid foundation in advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and forecasting. Coursework focuses on economic theory, applications of theory, research methods and empirical analysis.

Program Highlights

Students can work toward a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Applied Economics simultaneously through the 5-year track for undergraduates.
Opportunities available to engage in research with faculty members.
Prepares students for jobs in business, government and non-profit institutions that require advanced quantitative skills.
Graduate assistantship positions available each year in both the fall and spring semesters.
Prepares students for Ph.D. programs in economics, applied economics and finance.

Program Distinctions

All faculty hold doctorates in economics.
Faculty research has been published in "American Economic Review," "Economics Letters," "Journal of Economic Education," "Journal of International Economics," "Journal of Money, Credit and Banking," "Public Choice" and the "Rand Journal of Economics.
Graduates have gone on to jobs in the private sector and government, especially in the banking industry. Others have been accepted into Ph.D. programs in economics or applied economics throughout the country.

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Why should we obey the law? Why don’t democratic countries go to war with each other? Why don’t young people vote? Why do oil-rich countries have poor human rights records? These are the kinds of questions addressed in our Graduate Diploma in Politics, which provides a thorough training in all major areas of political science, and is based in the top politics department in the country. Read more
Why should we obey the law? Why don’t democratic countries go to war with each other? Why don’t young people vote? Why do oil-rich countries have poor human rights records? These are the kinds of questions addressed in our Graduate Diploma in Politics, which provides a thorough training in all major areas of political science, and is based in the top politics department in the country.

Our Graduate Diploma in Politics is a nine-month full-time course which provides a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study. Our course is for you if you already have an undergraduate degree, but not in politics, and therefore need further study before taking politics at Masters level.

You develop your knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and conceptual foundations of political science, and master the necessary quantitative methods for your study of politics.

You also choose from a range of optional modules on topics including:
-Mass media and democracy
-Forecasting global trends
-Ethics and public policy
-International security
-Public opinion

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began. Ranked top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2017).

Our expert staff

Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics. Our staff are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and international media.

Our academic staff work on topics ranging from international conflict and violence to British elections, and from the obligations of the younger generation to why authoritarian leaders welcome natural disasters.

You join an active and prolific research team, with the opportunity to work alongside a member of staff on their research instead of completing a dissertation; some of these projects have even resulted in joint staff/student publications.

Specialist facilities

-Laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political analysis
-ESSEXLab provides opportunities for experimental lab research
-Student societies for politics, debating, and Model UN
-We organise the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
-A programme of seminars and events run by the department

Your future

All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.

As well as enabling you to go on to a Masters course of your choice in politics, this course will also develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design, quantitative methods, data analysis and essay-writing.

Our graduates go on to enjoy influential careers in British, European and international politics. This includes working as an MP, being the Speaker of the House of Commons and employment as political lobbyists or staff assistants to MPs and MEPs.

Our graduates have also gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:
-The Civil Service
-Local government
-The World Bank
-The United Nations
-NATO
-YouGov and YouGov America

Our academic reputation is illustrated by the fact that many of our graduates now teach or research at universities, colleges of higher education and schools. For example, recent graduates are now research fellows and academic staff at: Mannheim, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Duke University, USA; NATO/SHAPE, Belgium; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Conflict Analysis
-Measuring Public Opinion (optional)
-Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS (optional)
-Ethics and Public Policy
-Principles of Social Justice
-American Political Institutions (optional)
-Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
-Development, State Building and Conflict (optional)
-Domestic Politics and International Relations
-Electoral Behaviour
-Environmental Politics (optional)
-Future Global Trends: Forecasting Scenarios
-Human Rights and Global Justice (optional)
-International Negotiation (optional)
-International Security Studies (optional)
-Mass Media and Democracy (optional)
-Placement-Linked Project
-Political Economy (optional)
-Political Economy of International Development
-Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
-Project: Collaborative Faculty - Student Research Experience (optional)
-Project: Politics (optional)
-Quantitative Political Analysis (optional)
-Authoritarianism (optional)
-The Analysis of Conflict and Peace (optional)
-Seminar in Legislative Politics (optional)
-Representation and Policy-Making (optional)

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