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Business Analytics (with specialisation in Computer Science) - MSc

Course Description

This exciting and challenging programme studies how data can be utilised to solve major business and societal challenges. The programme provides students with the knowledge, technical ability and skills for leadership roles in the fields of business analytics and data science.

Degree information

The programme is designed to give students multidisciplinary skills in computing (i.e. programming, big data), analytics (i.e. data mining, machine learning, computational statistics, complexity), and business analysis. Emphasis will be on business problem framing, leveraging data as a strategic asset, and communicating complex analytical results to stakeholders.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Programming for Business Analytics
-Data Analytics
-Information Retrieval and Data Mining
-Introduction to Supervised Learning
-Statistical NLP

Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary.

Optional modules
-Applied Machine Learning
-Graphical Models
-Web Economics
-Statistical Models and Data Analysis
-Statistical Design of Investigations
-Decision and Risk
-Consumer Behaviour and Behavioural Change
-Consulting Psychology
-Talent Management
-Data Science for Spatial Systems
-Group Mini Project: Digital Visualisation
-Urban Simulation
-Mastering Entrepreneurship
-Decision and Risk Analysis
-Managing Hi-Tech Organisations

Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary.

During the summer students will undertake a work placement with a UCL industrial partner. The research and data analysis conducted during this placement will form the basis of a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by world-class academics and industry leaders, seminars, workshops, tutorials and project work. The programme comprises two terms of taught material, followed by examinations and then a project. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework and the dissertation.


Graduates of UCL Computer Science are particularly valued due to the department's international status, and strong reputation for leading research. Recent graduate destinations include: IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Citibank.

This programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for exceptional data scientists and analysts. Graduates will be highly employable in global companies and high-growth businesses, finance and banking organisations, major retail and service companies, and consulting firms. 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. We expect our graduates to progress to leading and influential positions in industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is a global leader in research in experimental computer science. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the department as first in the UK for research, with 96% regarded as internationally excellent.

The department consists of a team of world-class academics specialising in big data, computational statistics, machine learning and complexity.

The programme aims to create the next generation of outstanding academics and industry pioneers, who will use data analysis to deliver real social and business impact.

Visit the Business Analytics (with specialisation in Computer Science) - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must be:
- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a quantitative subject as computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics or a quantitative social science subject. Applicants must be proficient in object-orientated and/or analytical programming, have strong communication skills, and an outstanding aptitude for quantitative analysis.

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