MSc Business Analytics

Insights from business analytics can make or break an organisation. Develop the expertise to transform the fortunes of organisations large and small.

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Overview

Tech is growing at a phenomenal rate. To keep up with competition and progress, businesses need graduates who can harness the power of data, spot new opportunities and efficiencies. 

During this course, you’ll learn how big data can be used to streamline operations and improve economic performance. As well as learning about data management, you’ll also discover how to use big data to identify profitable business opportunities. 

You’ll master a variety of tools and information systems and develop practical skills in data visualisation. This course will also allow you to delve deeper into areas such as data mining, analytics in marketing and hospitality business analytics.

Learn from the experts

You don’t need a degree in business intelligence or analytics to join this course. You can enrol with no prior knowledge of business or management, and develop the expertise needed for specialist roles in this rewarding field.  

To explore the sector, you’ll get valuable insights into the important role business analysis plays in modern organisations through our guest lecture series. We invite experienced and active professionals from different areas of the industry to give you an idea of the potential career paths available to you when you graduate.

Features and Benefits

  • Taught by experts - this course is delivered by academics who have their feet firmly in the world of consulting and they bring that practical experience into the classroom.
  • Customisable degree – this course allows you to tailor your degree to specialise in areas that interest you the most.
  • A city of opportunities – with global organisations, innovative start-ups and a thriving tech scene, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities. Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network.
  • Real-life learning – apply your new skills outside of your course, with an opportunity to take short-term internships with employers in the city.
  • Behind-the-scenes business visits – see how businesses are structured through visits to global organisations such as Manchester United, Jaguar Land Rover and BBC MediaCityUK.
  • Unique insights – learn from guest lecturers who are leading professionals.
  • Employability – attend a series of key industry events and masterclasses throughout your course and network with recruiting businesses.

“I chose to study Business Analytics because I think that data interpretation and visualisation is an interesting field and applies directly to the key decision-making processes in companies.” Loic Villepinte, MSc Business Analytics.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"We have a network of employer contacts, many of whom are global organisations and they bring contemporary business practice into our classrooms."

Julie Hardman, Head of Department.

Career Prospects

We’ll help you use big data to find smarter, more intelligent ways of reaching customers. The expertise you’ll develop will give you a unique insight into the inner workings of business operations, and allow you to thrive in the world of business analytics. 

As well as traditional business analytics roles, your skills can also give you opportunities in areas such as:

You may also choose to enter the field as a freelance business consultant, or apply your new skills to create your own business.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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Entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or  equivalent (including International), in any subject. We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.

This course is suitable to students with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.  It aims to equip those who wish to pursue a managerial career with the required skills to understand and apply knowledge and understanding of Business Analytics. However, it should be noted that applicants are not expected to possess any significant technical skills when for applying for this course.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“An important principle for us is that our teaching is current. It's up to date and it reflects industry thinking. So, for example, we use industry standard software in our teaching to ensure our students leave with the right level of digital skills…”
 
Listen to what Dr Julie Hardman, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

For companies across the world, in every sector and specialism, business analytics offers the route to streamlined operations, improved services, lower costs and higher profits. It’s a powerful tool that’s high in demand. Put simply, our MSc Business Analytics can let you into a world of opportunity.

It’s a specialist field, but the course is open to students from a wide variety of different academic or professional backgrounds. With a team that includes research-active academics and experienced professionals, we can help you become the kind of problem-solving, operation-enhancing, efficiency-finding professional that successful modern businesses can’t do without.

You’ll study seven core topics, covering areas from data modelling and business statistics, to information systems and decision making, as well as two option units – allowing you to tailor your studies to your passions and ambitions. From there, you’ll learn the masters-level study skills you’ll need to tackle a major piece of work, before going on to complete your dissertation project.

Core units

  • Data Modelling and Analysis
  • Organisational Strategy for Information Systems
  • Business Statistics
  • Data Management
  • Decision Making and Data Visualisation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose two from a list including:

  • Data Mining
  • Analytics in Marketing
  • Financial Analytics
  • Hospitality Business Analytics
  • Data Management and Machine Learning
  • Business Intelligence

Please note: all option units are subject to student numbers and timetabling. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Placement options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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