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MSc Business Analytics

Course Description

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.

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.

Course director
Dr Leonidas Anastasakis
Leonidas’ research interests include business forecasting, time series analysis, predictive analytics in business processes, e-commerce and adoption of innovations. He holds a BSc in Automation from the Department of Automation at the Technological Institute of Piraeus. He gained his MSc (with Distinction) in Control Systems from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and PhD in the area of Business Forecasting from the University of Sheffield.

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.

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

Visit the MSc Business Analytics page on the Aston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University (you will need to demonstrate strong quantitative skills). As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants.

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