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Business Analysis & Consulting (distance learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

Organisations across the world are looking to gain a sustainable competitive edge in an increasingly difficult environment. The smarter organisations are using business analysis to make better decisions and deliver business performance and improvement.

That means more than just collecting and routinely processing large amounts of business data. It means applying sophisticated quantitative techniques to help with decisions, particularly at the strategic levels.

This distance learning course focuses on applying advanced analytical methods to business problems to help managers make better decisions.

You’ll develop an understanding of key quantitative business analysis methods. You’ll also be introduced to business models used to support the development of strategy for organisations and to help them to monitor and measure strategic processes. You’ll also develop key consulting skills to effectively support management.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/businessanalysisconsultingdistancelearning/

You’ll study

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They will guide and support discussion via discussion forums.

The programme contains three stages. In progressing towards completion of the MSc students will undertake the following:

- Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis & Consulting
This includes five compulsory classes and one elective class all of which can be completed fully online.
Compulsory classes:
1. Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis
2. Quantitative Business Analysis
3. Managing Business Operations
4. Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting
5. Strategy Modelling & Management

Elective classes:
One optional class chosen from:
1. Business Simulation Methods
2. Risk Analysis & Management
3. Business Information Systems
4. Performance Measurement & Management

- Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis & Consulting
After completion of the Postgraduate certificate two further elective classes and one compulsory class are required to be undertaken.
Compulsory class:
1. Becoming an effective business analyst

Elective classes:
Two elective classes chosen from same list as for the Postgraduate Certificate.
If you wish to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma you need to be in appropriate employment. The final decision as to what is "appropriate employment" remains with the University of Strathclyde. However, if your employment covers all of the following, you're likely to be in the correct type of post:
- solving problems owned by someone else
- ill-defined problems
- working in teams
- the opportunity to use a variety of Business Analysis techniques
- your work has an influence on the operation of your organisations

Your employment should require some analysis of business situations, in the private or public sector. Samples of your work will form the basis of reflection and learning projects, guided by a personal mentor.

- MSc in Business Analysis & Consulting
Students who complete the Diploma and gain sufficient marks to proceed to the MSc will be expected to undertake a project. The project will be integrated with your employment. You'll have individual personal mentoring to guide you in reflection and learning.

Technical requirements

To undertake this course you need to have:
- Modern PC running Windows Vista or higher, web cam, headset with microphone
- Minimum 2Mb/sec broadband connection
- Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher

NB: Some of the course software is Windows-only and will not run under Linux or on Macintosh computers so use of a PC or PC-emulation software is essential if these operating systems are used.

Start dates

You can start the Certificate programme in October or April. The Diploma course usually runs between September and May, though there is some flexibility with this. It's followed by the project which has a flexible timetable.
Normally, a student should be able to complete the MSc programme in around two and a half years. Please contact us if you need advice about the best start date for you.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form , or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They'll guide and support discussion via forums.

- Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
As a registered student on this programme you will have full access to our user-friendly VLE. Benefits of using the VLE include:

Anytime, anywhere learning:
At home, at work, on the move, in an internet cafe - all you need is your username and password.

Access to tutors throughout your course:
Unlike many other online courses, you're not simply given your materials and left to get on with it. You're a full student of the University of Strathclyde. Tutor support is equal to that on our other, face-to-face, courses. Tutors and support staff include lecturers and academics whose prime concern is your progress through the course.

Continuously updated, dynamic, interactive online materials:
We constantly update and revise our material.

Online group discussions:
Group discussion is an integral part of the learning process on the all of our distance programmes. Some issues are developed best by peer discussion, often with tutor involvment.

Live question & answer sessions:
Classes often have a "Question& Answer" session, broadcast live by video, audio and text. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions in a group forum. These sessions are archived on the website for those unable to be present at the time.

Live conferencing:
Several sessions of the Postgraduate Diploma are conducted using live conferencing and online collaboration software such as Elluminate and FlashMeeting.


Each module includes two pieces of assessment. Around half of these will be assignments and the other half will be by examination at local centres.


The skills you’ll learn on the MSc make you very marketable to potential employers.
We’ve very good links with business and have hosted recruitment events for many companies, including Barclays Wealth, British Airways, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Rolls Royce, Sopra and SIMUL8, to name a few.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

Visit the Business Analysis & Consulting (distance learning) (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Certificate should normally hold at least the equivalent of a UK pass degree. Students from a wide variety of first degrees are accepted onto the course. Many students have first degrees in business, economics, engineering and the social sciences. However, we also encourage applications from other degrees.

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