For more information about Business Analytics at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 17350 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 24900 per year

All study options

About Business Analytics at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

This is the age of Big Data. Organisations hold more information about their business environments than ever before. Increasingly, these organisations are recognising the role of data in gaining insights and out-thinking competitors. As a result there is a growing demand for employees and managers who have analytical skills and can make informed decisions that can drive organisational success.

Business Analytics Programme Structure

An overview of the MSc in Business Analytics programme structure, including details of the course information for semester 1 and semester 2.

This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses, which are undertaken in semester one. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.

A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.

Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.

Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2019/20.

Semester 1

September?December

Compulsory Courses

Semester 2

January?May

Option Courses (Group 1)*

Option Courses (Group 2)*

Please Note: Courses may be delivered at different times. Some courses in Group 2 have recommended prerequisites.

Summer

June?August

Dissertation (MSc in Business Analytics)

Details of the Dissertation

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.

Core and Elective Courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.

Business Analytics Degree Programme Table

Programme Preparation

Students will be contacted prior to arrival and expected to complete some work prior to coming on campus in order to familiarise themselves with some of the systems they will be using during term time.

Expand Your Skills

Career Development

It is anticipated that demand for data analytics employees will continue to grow as analytics is viewed as a key competitive resource by many companies. Our dedicated Student Development Team within the Business School will be an integral part of your student experience from day one. We are here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.

Graduate Employment

If market forecasts are anything to go by then the worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics are expected to reach $189.1 billion this year, an increase of 12% since 2018. IDC expects worldwide BDA revenue will be $274.3 billion by 2022 (Source: IDC). This will inevitably lead to further growth of the market for employees in the area of analytics.

The programme prepares students to not only be able to analyse and digest data available, but also to translate this into effective decision making. This MSc could lead to a multitude of roles, including:

  • Business and management consultants
  • Business analysts
  • Data analysts
  • Metrics and analytics specialists
  • Operational research consultants
  • Solutions architects

Student Development Team

The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one.

Skills

In your first semester you can benefit from a series of professional development sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:

  • Team working
  • Networking
  • Job search strategies
  • Presentation skills
  • Self awareness

Top Tips for Group Work

For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:

  • CV and application advice
  • LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Careers guidance
  • Interview or assessment centre practice

For general enquiries please email the Student Development Team.

Opportunities

All our MSc programmes have various built-in opportunities to engage with companies; an important step in your skills development and the expansion of your corporate network. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:

  • Treks
  • Guest lecturers
  • Group consultancy projects
  • Company sponsored dissertations
  • Career lounges

More on Industry Opportunities

Edinburgh Award for Professional Development

As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.

By proactively working on your own development, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award for professional development. As well as receiving an official certificate from the University, the achievement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Participants are offered individual coaching sessions; peer support networks; a 'buddy system' and masterclasses on topics such as leadership and advanced communication.

Networks

The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence and networking skills. By involving our alumni and network of corporate contacts, we are able to ensure that the activities are industry-relevant and give you the opportunity to build your own professional and global networks.

In addition to the Student Development team, there are a number of other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:

Got Questions? Get in Touch

Peter Maksimczyk

Student Development Manager

peter.maksimczyk@ed.ac.uk
+44(0)131 651 5973

Engagement with Industry

Industry Opportunities

On the MSc in Business Analytics you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through group consultancy projects, dissertations, guest lectures, and career exploration treks.

Investment Management Consultancy Project

Our students share their experience of working with a client for their investment management consultancy project.

Group Consultancy Projects

During your MSc you may elect for a course which involves a consultancy project; this involves working closely with companies or businesses as part of a team to assist with a real-life active project.

In most cases, the client will ask you to write a report which you will research and develop during the taught component of the course. Furthermore, there is likely to be an opportunity to present your findings back to the business.

Topics range from broad, strategic issues to more specialised business matters. Your group will have to work together to produce clear and practical recommendations while meeting deadlines.

Past companies have included:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Aubrey Capital Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Costain
  • Quince Advisory Ltd
  • Standard Life Investments

Company Sponsored Dissertations

A company sponsored dissertation (CSD) involves a student carrying out an authoritative piece of work on a business or management issue identified by a project client.

The work will typically take an in-depth look into a defined research area and result in a substantial report containing extensive research, rigorous analysis and practical conclusions.

Benefits

  • Real project defined by a company's business needs
  • Enhances your technical skills, also developing further transferable skills
  • Gain an insight into the sponsoring company
  • You get to network and raise your profile
  • Enhances employability and adds to your CV

Past companies include:

  • BDO
  • Cameron Hume
  • Heineken
  • Jupiter Investments
  • RBS
  • Standard Life
  • State Street
  • Tesco Bank

Treks

Throughout the year, the School gives students the opportunity to engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.

Benefits

  • Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make the best career choices
  • Getting a feel for the culture, people, and values of particular companies
  • Building your network of industry professionals and alumni

We run different types of treks:

  • Local Treks: involve visiting organisations in and around the Edinburgh area
  • Industry Treks: take place over the course of two or three days and are designed to give insight to a particular industry through visiting a series of related organisations, typically in a location away from Edinburgh
  • Thematic Treks: generally programme-specific and focus on issues surrounding employability and the main learning outcome of your programme.

More on the Dublin 2018 Trek

Guest Lecturers

Within modules of the finance programmes our academic team bring in senior figures from relevant international organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.

These lectures are followed by the opportunity to network further with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.

Organisations represented in the past include:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Tesco Bank

Got Questions? Get in Touch

Peter Maksimczyk

Student Development Manager

peter.maksimczyk@ed.ac.uk
+44(0)131 651 5973

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 17350 per yearInternational course feesGBP 24900 per year

Entry requirements

Business Analytics Entry Requirements

Entrance to our MSc in Business Analytics is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

  • An undergraduate degree in any disciplinary area related to management science, operational research, statistics, econometrics, mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, or business and management which incorporates a distinct quantitative element is required
  • Applicant's background should ideally include courses and/or experience gained in topics such as linear algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, and computer programming
  • Candidates with a first class or 2:1 honours degree in an unrelated subject area but who have relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis

Supporting Your Application

  • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance
  • Relevant professional qualifications will be considered
  • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme

To help you build a strong application, please refer to our selection criteria.

Please note: all students are required to have their own laptops for this programme. In particular, applicants need to ensure that their laptop is able to run MATLAB. This software and relevant licence will be provided for the duration of your Masters; see MathWorks for more information.

Applications from Current Undergraduates

Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

Overseas Students

In addition to academic and professional requirements, international students will have to adhere to immigration guidelines.

Overseas Students Advice

The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

  • Canada: mid B+; 3.3+ (4 point scale); 7.3/8+ (9 point scale)
  • China: 80-85%+; B+
  • Germany: 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale); Sehr Gut/Gut
  • India: 1st Class degree (60%+)
  • Nigeria: 2:1
  • South Africa: 2:1/1st
  • USA: GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale)

If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

Entry Requirements by Country

Important Points

  • The ranking of the university at which you studied is considered when we determine whether or not your degree is equivalent to a first or upper second-class honours degree in the UK.
  • If your degree is not of the required standard and you do not have highly relevant work or other experience, we will normally reject your application.
  • Meeting the degree requirement doesn't ensure acceptance. A higher standard may be needed for your application to be competitive for admission or funding.
  • Other equivalent qualifications can be requested from the Admissions team.
  • A conditional offer can be made if you are waiting for a final degree result or a language test result.

You must demonstrate English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English Language Tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees Taught and Assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

More on English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Other Important Points to Note

  • If you already have an English language certificate then you can include this with your application. However, if you have not yet taken a test, we will still process your application and you will be able to upload your results when you receive them.
  • A conditional offer may be given to you if you do not yet meet our minimum English requirement. But you must provide evidence that you have reached the minimum English requirement before we can provide you with an unconditional offer.
  • We advise you to start working towards your English language qualification as early as possible to ensure that you have achieved the required standard in time to start the programme. If you require a visa, you must have achieved your English qualification and have met any other conditions to qualify for an unconditional offer, which is a requirement for the CAS. The University will commence issuing CAS from June onwards.

Optional Pre-Sessional English Courses

The English Language Education offers summer pre-sessional English language programmes intended for students who plan to study at the University of Edinburgh.

English for Business Masters

This programme focuses on improving English language skills for effective participation in the University of Edinburgh Business School MBA and MSc programmes. If you have been accepted by the School and have already met your English requirement, you may want to attend this course to brush up on your English skills.

General English for Academic Purposes

This programme is intended for international students who need to improve their English language level prior to commencing a programme of study at the University of Edinburgh. At the end of the course, students will undertake an assessment which can be used to meet the English requirements of their Masters programme beginning in September.

English for Academic Purposes Summer Courses

Further Information

For further advice and guidance, please contact Postgraduate Admissions.

What students think about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

    Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.

Photos from The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Videos from The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Location of The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh main campus is shown on the map below:

Read more about studying in the United Kingdom