Business Analytics

MSc

Do you want to master data-driven decision-making and develop cutting-edge skills for today’s data-centric business world?

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Full-time
Entry requirements
Duration

One year (April 2024 and September 2024 starts)

Start date

APRIL 2024 START

Course overview

Studied in-person at our campus in the heart of Birmingham, our MSc Business Analytics programme is tailored for those eager to master the art of interpreting and leveraging vast data sets to improve business performance.

It focuses on essential areas like descriptive analytics, statistical modelling, data mining and visualisation, blending academic rigor with practical skills in data analysis. This course, attracting a diverse international student body, not only enhances your analytical capabilities but also develops your communication, teamwork, and cross-cultural management skills. You will be equipped to transform complex data into strategic insights, preparing you for a pivotal role in any data-driven business environment.

Accredited by the Institute of Analytics (IoA), this course offers you enhanced employability, IoA membership benefits, and fast-track professional advancement opportunities.

Seema Pagarkar Business Analytics MSc

“I loved every minute of my time at Aston [University]. The practical approach to learning was my highlight of the course. Group assignments [provided] opportunities to learn, grow and build confidence."

Seema Pagarkar
MSc Business Analytics
Technology analyst, Barclays

Why Business Analytics at Aston University?

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Professionally accredited
Accredited by the Institute of Analytics (IoA) as an IoA recognised programme
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Experiential learning
Benefit from the Global Business Challenge - a student-led, coached, skills focused module in which teams work towards a business assessed by portfolio
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Recognised for quality
Aston Business School is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation
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Excellent prospects
Aston University was named runner-up in the University of the Year for Graduate Employment Award (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024)
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Global top 100
Aston University was ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide (Masters in Business Analytics; QS World University Rankings, 2024)

Course description

MSc Business Analytics

Our MSc Business Analytics programme offers a dynamic blend of cutting-edge analytical skills and real-world business insights, tailored to thrive in today's data-driven world.

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What we will provide
First-class teaching in the UK’s second-largest city, delivered by a diverse array of staff who will inspire and excite you. You will benefit from applied learning, research-informed teaching and constructive assessment. You will learn from experts renowned for their work in data envelopment analysis (DEA), data mining, machine learning and time series forecasting.

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What you will provide
It is important you learn how to adapt a growth mindset to your studies – understanding that intelligence and success come from applying yourself, a willingness to learn and an ambition and drive to excel.

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What skills we teach
The MSc Business Analytics programme hones your quantitative skills for discerning trends and extracting insights from complex data. You will master descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, alongside data visualisation and analytical tool proficiency, enhancing decision-making and business performance for organisational leaders.

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Career prospects
Our Business Analytics graduates are in high demand for roles in international companies and consultancies, equipped with skills to interpret and communicate strategic data insights, ensuring a competitive edge in this rapidly evolving and influential field.

How you will learn

Our MSc Business Analytics programme offers a dynamic mix of lectures and practical learning. You will engage in lab workshops with specialist software and tutorials that apply your knowledge to real business scenarios. Aston University's virtual learning environment supports your journey, providing resources like lecture slides, e-books and online journals.

Hands-on projects, including creating descriptive analytics posters from real data, hone your data visualisation and interpretation skills, mirroring professional tasks. Interaction with guest speakers and access to networking events and career fairs connect you with industry experts and potential employers, enriching your educational experience and preparing you for a successful career in business analytics.

In the Global Business Challenge module, you will deepen your understanding of global business via strategic management, team development, simulations, and intercultural teamwork. You'll also integrate with alumni and engage with industry experts and practitioners, enhancing your learning through diverse research methods and practical experiences.

At the start of your course, you will be allocated a personal tutor who can offer individual study advice and guidance. You will also benefit from access to the University Library's extensive collection of over 25,000 books and electronic journals.

What you will learn

Our programme integrates analytical skills, decision and game theory, machine learning, operational research and performance management. Emphasising real-world application, it equips you to analyse complex business scenarios, enhancing decision-making and consultancy skills within organisational contexts.

In the taught stage, you will practically apply this knowledge, mastering analytical techniques like data exploration and visualisation and predictive modelling. You will develop a nuanced understanding of the role analytics plays in decision-making, undertaking research projects that foster ethical practice and social responsibility. This stage hones essential transferable skills, preparing you for a dynamic career in business analytics, with capabilities in teamwork, communication and leadership.

In the dissertation phase, you will complete a research project on a business analytics topic of your choice, showcasing your ability to conduct independent research with a clear consideration of ethics, theory and methods.

This course offers an Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway, meaning you can spend an additional year at one of our international partner institutions. If successful, you will graduate with two masters degrees.

Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway

Sri Ramya Vadali MSc Business Analytics graduate

Unwavering support

Sri Ramya described her lecturers, who “consistently provided unwavering support”, as one of the things she enjoyed most about her course.

Course objectives

  1. Develops your analytical skills essential for the analysis and presentation of business data to enhance and support the decision-making process.
  2. Allows you to analyse the application of decision and game theory to business decision making.
  3. Applies the theoretical knowledge and practical solution methods from operational research and statistics to business solutions in general.
  4. Develops understanding of how business analytics, optimisation and modern performance management methods can be applied within organisations in general.
  5. Enables you to identify the appropriate level of business analytics techniques needed for various decision-making contexts and to carry out such analyses.
  6. Develops the consultancy skills needed to carry out consulting projects within an organisation while working within the constraints of business decision-making.
  7. Develops the skills necessary to both build and interpret common empirical models in the performance measurement literature.

Modules

Modules and learning outcomes

Taught stage modules

In the taught stage you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Descriptive Analytics
We will introduce you to visualisation techniques used to display and summarise information. You will look at descriptive statistics that can be used to extract meaningful information from data. This module will give you the skills and practise in using appropriate statistical techniques when completing business reports and communicating data analysis to the organisation management team.
15
Effective Management Consultancy
This module will help you to understand different approaches to consulting projects. You’ll explore what is good and what is bad consulting practise. It will also prepare to you to carry out successful consulting projects within organisations either as an external consultant or as a line manager given a one-off problem-solving task.
15
Decision Models
This module will focus on turning real-world problems into mathematical and spreadsheet models and examine how you can use models to help rational decision making in organisations. You’ll develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the main modelling concepts and you will be able to quickly identify problems and situations in business where the use of those models can be beneficial.
15
Data Mining and Web Analytics
We will explore data mining techniques and their use in business decision making. You will also learn how to uncover patterns and trends hidden in data.
15
Software Analytics
This module aims to teach you the programming skills required to carry out advanced data analysis on large datasets such as those found in many Big Data applications. These skills are now commonly expected by organisations seeking to employ data analysts, and the module aims to address this demand.
15
Managing Projects
This module gives a broad examination on the subject of project management and how this supports the ever increasing requirement to co-ordinate and support business growth and development in an international context. It covers a broad range of theoretical and practical tools and provides the environment in which to apply them in practical work based situations.
15
Global Business Challenge30
Ethics in Academic Practice
This module provides an introduction to the Academic Offence framework. By completing the resources you will understand the key principles underpinning the submission of academic assignments. These principles can then be applied to the rest of the modules studied at the university.
0
English for Postgraduate Studies*
This module is compulsory for students with an IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), and focuses on enhancing academic language skills essential for postgraduate success in English-speaking environments.
0
Total120

*This module is compulsory for those students who enrol with IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), as outlined in the offer letter.

Dissertation stage modules

In the dissertation stage you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Research Methods15
MSc Business Analytics Research Project
You will carry out an original piece of work applying material that you have learnt in the taught element of your degree. Specific requirements will be explained relating to different degree programmes but in summary you must demonstrate both theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen area of specialism.
45
Total60

Programme outcomes

On successful completion of both the taught and dissertation stage, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main theories, principles, underlying concepts of business analytics and their relevance in an organisational context.
  • Demonstrate a high level of intellectual and analytical skills in the analysis of big data.
  • Understand how business analytics methods can support interventions in the decision-making process of organisations.
  • Identify and apply appropriate business analytics techniques such as visualisation methods, statistical models, predictive modelling approaches and optimisation techniques to support and enhance performance in management, perform prediction tasks and analyse large datasets.
  • Consider different levels of business analytics to critically assess and engage with business and management problems as well as undertake research in the form of a dissertation or a work-based project.
  • Appreciate the role of business analytics in various areas and processes in an organisation.
  • Promote social responsibility, sustainability, accountability and ethical practice in your working life.
  • Demonstrate a range of transferable skills that are necessary for a successful career in business analytics and enhance your employability. These may include: IT and computing skills, presentation and writing report skills, communication and teamworking (collaboration) skills, self-confidence, reflective practice, problem solving, leadership, decision making skills and ability to assimilate into multicultural and cross-cultural work teams.

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • 2:2 (lower second-class honours) degree or equivalent
  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University (see international students tab below for more information)

Subject specific requirements

Applicants are also required to have taken the following quantitative modules at bachelor's level, achieving a minimum of 60%:

  • Mathematics 
  • Statistics 
  • Economics (micro / macro)
  • Finance 
  • Computer Science 
  • Any other quantitative disciplines

You will also need to provide:

  • A professional reference
    • If you are a current student or recent graduate (within the last 2-3 years), we will ask for an academic reference
    • If you are currently employed and not a recent graduate, we will ask for a professional reference
  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date
  • A completed application form.

English language requirements

For the April 2024 intake, international students will require a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you are enrolling with IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), you must take and pass the English for Postgraduate Studies module to proceed through your programme.

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our postgraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study but also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area pages below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

How to apply

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Pathway programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.

Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:

Email: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09:30-16:30)

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Meet your programme director

Dr Viktor Pekar
Programme Director, MSc Business Analytics

If you have any questions about the course or modules you will be studying, you can get in touch via email and I will be happy to answer your queries.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students
(2023/24)

Annual tuition fees:£11,850

International students
(2023/24)

Annual tuition fees:£22,750

More information on fees

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as UK students.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment methods, including exams, coursework, poster design, presentations and group work. For our assessments, we use real or fictitious business scenarios. The practical assessments help you to develop the skills and competencies required for future job roles.

Career prospects

With insights from data often providing the basis for competitive advantage in the marketplace, it’s not surprising that business analytics graduates are becoming increasingly sought-after.

The transferable skills that our business or analytics programmes provide mean that our graduates are successful in finding employment in a wide range of roles such as:

  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Strategy analyst
  • Operations analyst
  • Credit risk analyst
  • Analytics executive
  • Financial risk modelling analyst

Our graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Atos, Appriss, Wren, FDM Group, Nationwide Building Society, Essence Global, QNB Group, Cognizant and the NHS.

Saloni Wadhwa

Making a real impact

After graduating, Saloni Wadhwa put her MSc Business Analytics degree to good use in her role as data surveillance information officer at Public Health England.

Our graduates achieve amazing things all over the world – whether it’s setting up their own businesses, landing jobs with high profile organisations, or making real differences within their communities.

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Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Business Analytics at Aston University?

You will develop your knowledge in various areas of business analytics and enhance practical skills, ranging from using analytical software tools in the lab to interpreting data and providing meaningful information to business leaders. We also offer a wide range of exposure to employers, including opportunities such as an internship or a study abroad program during your third term's Business Project. This approach not only brings your learning to life but also significantly aids in securing a job upon completing the course.

What is the Global Business Challenge?

The Global Business Challenge is a module designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the global business environment. The module is structured around five key components:

  • strategic management
  • team development
  • a business simulation
  • intercultural teamwork
  • integration with alumni

Throughout the module, students will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners, alumni, industry experts, and policy makers who may be invited to give talks. The course draws upon the academic and practical experience of the module team in applying a wide range of management and business research methods. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deep understanding of the global business environment and the skills necessary to succeed in it.

Why should I study my postgraduate degree at Aston University?

There are lots of benefits of studying a postgraduate degree at Aston University.

Watch this video from MBA student, Monique, who talks about just a few of them:

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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What will my timetable look like?

We understand how important it is to know your timetable in advance for planning around work, childcare, or other responsibilities. Here's some basic guidance on what to expect regarding your student timetable.

Full-time programmes
As a rough estimate, full-time postgraduate students in the College of Business and Social Sciences should expect to spend about 12-15 hours per week in lectures and on-campus seminars. This is in addition to independent study, and there may be additional guided learning activities during certain weeks. The exact distribution of these hours will vary depending on your course and module choices.
Part-time programmes
Part-time students will have fewer weekly on-campus hours compared to full-time students. This reduction is proportional to the number of modules you're enrolled in.
Timetable availability
Complete timetables are usually released shortly before the start of your programme. This timing is necessary to ensure that we accommodate all course requirements and that rooms are allocated based on the number of students likely to enrol on each programme. We aim to provide these timetables as early as possible, to assist you in your planning.

As your induction week approaches, you will be sent more information about your timetable via email, and you will be able to access your timetable by logging into MyAstonPortal. For any further queries or information regarding your timetable, you can reach out to your programme director or the Student Support team.

Online/distance learning programmes
The above information also applies to students enrolled in online/distance learning programmes. Please note that both full-time and part-time distance learning students are still required to attend scheduled synchronous learning sessions.

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