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MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

Course Description

The course introduces you to the fundamental theories, approaches and analytical toolkit of decision sciences, applied operational research, and statistics.

It shows you how they can be applied to common problem areas across business and management. You then have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of options to meet your interests or career aspirations.

The course gives you a solid theoretical foundation and quantitative skills, alongside practical problem-solving techniques. Much of your learning involves real-life scenarios using case studies, individual and team consulting-based assignments, presentations and software tools. An understanding of analytical approaches in business and management opens up many exciting career paths in consultancy, finance, retail and manufacturing sectors, government analytics units, defence and major ‘solution providers’ in IT systems, outsourcing and telecoms.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: America Veintiuno, Aon, Deloitte Touche, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC, IBM, LBM
Direct, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Swiss Re, Triumph Motorcycles.

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
–– Applied Statistics and Business Forecasting
––Mathematical Programming and Optimisation

At least one and no more than two of the following ‘specialist’ electives:
–– Decision Behaviour, Analysis and Support
–– IS Strategy and Enterprise Systems
–– Social Media and Web Analytics

One elective unit from:
––Games Businesses Play
––Global Operations Management: Theories and Concepts
––Managing Projects
–– Strategic Supply Chain Management

Semester 2
–– Data Analytics for Business Decision Making
–– Risk, Performance and Decision Analysis
–– Simulation and Risk Analysis

One elective unit from:
–– Business Improvement Tools and Techniques
–– Global Supply Chain Management
–– Information and Knowledge Management
–– Psychology of Behaviour and Decision Making

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Topics reflect the expertise of lecturers and you may be asked to select from a list of options
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
––Web analytics for evaluating online user experience
–– Capa city management of product test equipment
–– Risk management in the hotel industry
–– Equity forecasting using ARIMA and neural networks
––Grouping time series via random forests
–– Predictive modelling: A case study for selling additional contracts to existing customers in the telecommunications industry

Open days
Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

Visit the MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, in a quantitative subject (eg maths, stats, physics, eng, man science). TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students. Apply now! You can submit your application before you graduate.

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