MSc Business Analytics and Information Systems Management

Key information

Duration of programme: 12 months full-time

Start date: September

UK/EU:          £10,500 (2012 fee)
International:  £16,000 (2012 fee)

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Application & contact:
ABS Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44(0)121 204 3200
Email: abs-msc@aston.ac.uk


The terms predictive analytics, web analytics and customer analytics are becoming increasingly common, among both the professional and academic communities. These are all part of Business Analytics: the use of applied mathematics and statistical software packages to inform decision-making in the business environment. The new Aston MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles and processes involved in the design and interpretation of information systems, while providing you with the wide range of competencies that will enable you to further your career in the corporate world.

The MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management equips you with the technical and organisational skills needed to interpret complex business systems, with a special emphasis on modelling, computation and optimisation. The programme aims to refine and enhance your ability to think critically, enabling you to develop and interpret complex information systems and understand the ways in which they can be used to support businesses and their operations.



Compulsory Modules:

Elective Modules (Choose one):

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

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  • Entry requirements
  • Learning, teaching & assessment 
  • Career opportunities


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  • Facilities & equipment
  • Course director
  • Teaching staff

Entry requirements

Candidates must have strong quantitative skills. Candidates must also hold one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum upper second class)

  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

In addition to all of the following:

  • Two references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date (in addition to an official English translation if the original documents are not in English)

  • A completed application form.

Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements with one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of 100 with a minimum score of 23 in writing and speaking and 20 in reading and listening (internet based)

  • An overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading)

  • A PEARSON score of 61 overall with a minimum score of 61 in writing and speaking and 53 in reading and listening

Learning, teaching & assessment

Students participate in a well-structured programme of lectures, workshops and lab sessions, which are supported by a programme of peer learning tools that includes module forums and virtual classrooms. Individual supervisions with academics are another important component of your learning experience, especially over the course of the dissertation. The eight taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. This will be complemented by an extended programme of independent research leading to the completion of a MSc dissertation.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for a range of specialist careers as consultants, managers and business analysts. With the growing importance of analytical information systems, this programme ensures that you are well prepared for the many challenging requirements of modern information systems in the corporate world.

Personal development

The MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management aims to refine and enhance your  analytical skills, enabling you to design and implement the information systems that support complex decision-making in a business context. The programme has been expertly designed to develop the range of skills and competencies valued by employers internationally. These include:

  • Analytical and problem solving skills

  • Dealing with clients and managing relationships

  • Management, scientific and technical consulting skills

  • Delivering projects which meet business requirements

  • Time management and organisational skills

During your studies at Aston you will also follow an integrated Career and Project Skills module, which will link your learning on the programme to your employability, career planning and continuing personal development.

Facilities & equipment

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students (24 hour access)

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • An e-business suite equipped with modern hardware and software that includes many leading business analytic tools. The suite is reserved for the exclusive use of postgraduate students.

Course director

Dr Ozren Despic

Ozren Despic is Lecturer in Management Science at Aston Business School. His primary research interest is in the area of mathematical modelling and decision making. Ozren has a great amount of international experience, having lived, studied and worked in many different countries over the past 20 years. He is a devoted teacher and he brings his consulting work in optimising various business processes directly to the classroom.

Teaching staff

Academic staff who contribute to the MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management are active in a wide range of research projects. This ensures that students benefit from teaching that is both up-to-date and well informed.

Paul Bocij
BA (Hons), PGCert (SSRM), MPhil, LCGI, MBCS, CITP, FIfL

Mr Paul Bocij is a Teaching Fellow at Aston Business School, specialising in ICT, information systems and e-business.  He is the author of numerous books relating to technology and is co-author of Business Information Systems (Prentice Hall, 2008), now in its 4th edition. He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a member of the British Computer Society, with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Professor John Edwards
BA, MA, PhD,

John Edward’s interest has always been in how people can and do (or do not) use models and systems to help them do things.  For many years, John has studied the development and uses of various types of system in management and administration.  John’s current interests cover three overlapping themes: Knowledge Management, Business Processes and Decision Support.

Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis
BSc, MSc, PhD

Emmanuel Thanassoulis is Professor of Management Sciences at Aston Business School. He has published over 70 refereed and working papers in the theory and application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), including its use in banking, school and retail outlet assessments. He has acted as consultant to a number of organisations on the use of DEA including HM Treasury, the Department for Education and Skills and the Home Office.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research