The programme gives you practical skills to provide model-based support to managers.
You’ll develop an understanding of key quantitative business analysis methods. You’ll also be introduced to business models used to support the development of strategy for organisations and to help them to monitor and measure strategic processes.
You’ll also develop key consulting skills to effectively support management.
Compulsory modules include Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis, Quantitative Business Analysis and Managing Business Operations.
You'll also choose three optional modules from a range including Business Simulation Methods, Risk Analysis & Management and Business Information Systems.
MSc students undertake a three-month project, typically for an external organisation. This gives you the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories you've studied on the course.
The apprenticeship scheme forms a vital component of this course. Many of our students spend an invaluable three weeks in January embedded in the analytical function of their host organisation.
Last year, more than 35 selected students worked with over 25 different organisations based all over the UK, including Capita, Department of Health and Tesco Bank.
The scheme has a highly competitive selection process, where the students with the strongest generic skills and academic capabilities are chosen for external placements.
In addition, many MSc projects are carried out for an external organisation. Students spend the three months from July to September working on a project of importance to their clients. The aim is to gain direct experience in applying the concepts and theories studied on the course.
Project clients include many major concerns, in fields ranging from aerospace to whisky distilling.
Project: Becoming an Effective Business Analyst
This takes place over both semesters and also involves the ‘apprenticeship scheme’. Every year, case studies and challenging projects are presented to the students by various organisations such as Accenture, British Airways, RBS and Simul8, to name a few from last year.
The course can be done through distance learning. All classes are taught using material presented via the internet so you can study when it suits you. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They will guide and support discussion via discussion forums. This is a flexible degree and duration can vary.