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Business Analysis and Consultancy (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

The course has been developed to enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas:
i) Business Analytical Methods and Information Technology
ii) Business Problem Structuring and Solving
iii) Consultancy Skills in the Business Environment

These themes are explored through modules in Business Analytics, Computer Simulation, Creative Problem Solving, Consultancy Skills and Business Statistics. The course also includes a project based module where you will solve a problem for a client using the knowledge and skills acquired during your study. There is then a further applied consultancy project, which allows you to independently research, investigate and analyse a current business problem.

The course focuses on:
- computational, mathematical, philosophical and management science approaches to business analysis

- developing problem solving skills

- enhancing your ability to use business software and other information technology

- encouraging independent and creative thinking

- effective communication in all formats appropriate to a business environment.

Why choose this course?

This new Master's in Business Analysis and Consultancy aims to provide you with the analytical knowledge and skills required to be a successful consultant in the modern business environment.

Three key reasons to study Business Analysis and Consultancy at the Hertfordshire Business School:

1. It is a hands-on, practical programme
2. It is client-facing so it counts as work experience
3. It is a unique programme, informed by the latest research and consultancy in the area

You will gain experience of applying these skills to real consultancy (working with a local organisation) in the complex context in which organisations operate. You will also experience a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods, which will enable you to gain - and be confident in - the skills of modelling, analysis and consulting. All this should directly improve your employment prospects.

The programme is delivered by the Business Analysis and Statistics (BAS) group at Hertfordshire Business School (HBS). The BAS group is very strong in the areas of Business Analytics and Consultancy, and its members have diverse experience and expertise in mathematical, computational and philosophical methods of analysis. The group is home to the Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit which does commercial consultancy carried out by members of the group. The course is informed by the cutting edge research undertaken by members of the group.


Graduates can work in a wide range of industries as business analysts or management consultants. The knowledge and skills obtained will enable you to work as an independent consultant, or within an organisation at middle management or senior level.

Teaching methods

You will learn how to be a successful analytical consultant through a varied programme of teaching that will include guest lectures, masterclasses, facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, computer based tutorials, case study analysis and traditional lectures.

Assessment will be practical and coherent across the course, including a mixture of methods such as presentations (written and oral), case study work, action learning sets. The University promotes professional integrity and thus the course provides opportunities to develop the skills of communication, independent and team working, problem solving, creativity, digital literacy, numeracy and self-management.

The course will provide the opportunity to work in teams with a local organisation and an academic supervisor to scope out an area for improvement / where you can deliver a business solution, your team will then create a proposal of the research to be undertaken and this will be presented to the organisation. Individual areas of research will be identified to form the basis for your individual applied consultancy project.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/business-analysis-and-consultancy-msc#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Business Analysis and Consultancy (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (at least 2:2 or above) in Business, Management, or any other discipline that includes a quantitative or computing element. Whilst not a formal requirement, an aptitude for mathematics or computing is essential for students on this course.

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £5,750, Part time £480 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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