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Business Analytics and Decision Sciences, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 11250 per totalGBP 21000 per total

About Business Analytics and Decision Sciences, MSc - at University of Leeds

Businesses are increasingly collecting large amounts of information about their customers and activities. This ‘big data' is big news with the media, businesses and government as they consider how to use this mass of information in a meaningful way.

Analysts use their expertise to make sense of this information, interpret it and uncover hidden patterns and important insights, enabling evidence-based business decisions. As a result, they're in very high demand with employers on the lookout for analysts in every sector.

This programme gives you an insight into business analytics and explores how organisations can exploit the big data revolution. You'll develop decision-oriented, quantitative analytical skills in a management context, and learn to sift intelligence from the growing volume and variety of data collected on many aspects of life.

Combining theoretical concepts with practical application, you'll develop a unique mix of quantitative and behavioural skills relevant to data analyses, effective decision-making and management.

Academic excellence

You'll be taught by internationally recognised academics and business practitioners from our Centre for Decision Research, who are actively engaged in the latest research, advising businesses, governments and international bodies. They share this expertise and knowledge with you in the classroom.

With the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics on campus, the University of Leeds has a growing wealth of expertise and resources in data sciences.

You'll also be encouraged to join the Leeds Data Science Society, a group of diverse individuals at the University who share an interest in 'big data' and analytics, which continues to grow and host a number of workshops and events throughout the year.

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  • Course content

    This programme will build your knowledge and understanding of how business analytics can provide evidence to support management decision-making. You'll learn how to use different evidence-based approaches to make effective decisions, developing your skills in quantitative analysis.

    You'll learn to use advanced analytical techniques such as forecasting, predictive modelling, clustering and optimisation while having the opportunity to apply your decision-making skills to real-life business and management scenarios. With the support of leading researchers in this constantly shifting landscape, you'll also gain an understanding of research methods and consultancy.

    A range of optional modules allows you to gain specialist knowledge that suits your interests or career plans.

    The course culminates in a 12,000 word dissertation or project, enabling you to apply your learning to a topic of your choice. This is an opportunity to explore the very latest insights with the support of an academic who shares your passion and interest.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    You'll take eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

    • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
    • Advanced Management Decision Making 15 credits
    • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
    • Forecasting and Advanced Business Analytics 15 credits
    • Evidence Based Consultancy 15 credits
    • Research Methods 15 credits
    • Quantitative Analysis 15 credits
    • Business Analytics and Decision Sciences Dissertation 45 credits

    Optional modules

    You'll also take two optional modules.

    • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
    • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
    • Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
    • Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks 15 credits
    • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
    • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
    • Designing Information Systems 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Business Analytics and Decision Sciences MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning, computer classes and tutorials.

    Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You'll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject. A strong grounding in quantitative subjects is required, typically through some university-level study in subjects such as statistics, management science, computer science or mathematics. In exceptional circumstances, outstanding performance in mathematics and/or statistics at pre-university level can be considered.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
      or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Application deadlines

    UK/EU: 31 August 2018

    International: applications received before 31 March 2018 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2018 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2018.

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you'll need

    • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
    • Two academic references
    • A personal statement
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
    • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Fees

    UK/EU: £11,250 (total)

    International: £21,000 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

    We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

    There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible for, including:

    • Masters in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences International Excellence Scholarship
    • Masters in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
    • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
    • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

    Read more about Business School scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the MSc Business Analytics and Decision Sciences can expect to have the quantitative skills to analyse complex business information, and use the resulting intelligence to inform business decisions.

    You will be ideally placed to pursue a career in analytics and decision making, general and specialist management roles in a range of industries, or as business or market analysts. Our recent graduates are now working in roles such as data quality analyst for the NSH, business analyst at Transport for London, operational researcher with The Home Office, operational research analyst for the Department of Health and advisor in business intelligence for Dell International LLC.

    Employers in both private and public sectors are actively seeking graduates with these skills, and trends show that the career opportunities are fast increasing. The role of the data scientist was described as the 'Sexiest Job of the 21st Century' by the Harvard Business Review.

    Demand for experts in business analytics is growing rapidly and the University of Leeds is at the forefront of developments in this area.

    Read more about Business Analytics at Leeds.

    Links with industry

    Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

    You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

    Careers support

    We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

    Read more about our careers and professional development support.

    The Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

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  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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