About the course
Organisations of all sizes must analyse complex business data to remain competitive. Business analytics helps to predict market trends and improve business processes. It empowers managers to make strategic decisions to improve performance in areas such as product development, operations, marketing, sales and supply chain management.
Our MSc Business Analytics develops your analytical skills so you can solve complex business problems. You’re trained to organise, integrate and interpret data so you can make insightful forecasts into all aspects of business operation and implement appropriate actions.
You cover topics such as:
- statistics and forecasting
- data mining, visual and analytical techniques
- global supply networks
- economic theory
- business management
Our range of optional modules gives you the opportunity to specialise in a variety of complementary business, management and marketing subjects.
Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is home to the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps local authorities and businesses across the UK to harness data more effectively. Not only does the centre have expert data analytics facilities, you’re taught by academics who are actively involved in researching big data and collaborating with businesses to solve real-world issues.
Our School is home to an international community of students and staff. Across our two campuses, our current Masters students join us from more than 40 different nationalities. The University of Essex also offers a number of scholarship and discounts for Masters study, including tailored awards for international applicants.
MSc Business Analytics can be studied on a full-time, part-time or modular basis (ideal if you’d like to gain a qualification whilst in employment).
Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
“I applied to the University of Essex because I considered it to be one of the best institutions in the UK for big data systems and analysis and has a great reputation for finance and management. I chose this course because I wanted to broaden my knowledge of database and financial management and gain experience of working with large datasets.”
Ömer Coskun, MSc Business Analytics (2016)
Our expert staff
Our expert academics are at the forefront of the big data debate and reflect this thinking in their teaching.
Essex Business School is in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and is recognised for being at the cutting edge of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.
MSc Business Analytics is based at our Southend Campus, with its excellent study and social facilities.
You benefit from being located close to London in the Thames Gateway, one of the UK’s priority areas for economic growth – offering fantastic internship and networking opportunities.
Southend is a seaside town with award-winning beaches, a vibrant night life and excellent transport links. You have access to The Forum, a state-of-the-art building with 24-hour computer suites and study pods. Unlike our Colchester Campus, Essex Business School in Southend is a town centre campus, so you’re amongst the buzz of the High Street, with its excellent bars, shops and restaurants and employment opportunities.
The University of Essex provides initiatives, including those for international students, to help you perform to your best academic potential, such as free academic English classes.
The Hive Enterprise Centre is located close to Campus, providing access to networking events and business meetups that offer finance and marketing support for startups.
Data is the driving force behind critical business decisions, so data scientists and analysts are in great demand in both start-ups and well-established companies. Becoming an expert in data analytics means you can help businesses gain competitive advantage by becoming better at making decisions and predictions through organising, analysing, integrating and interpreting data.
This course will equip you with essential numerical, analytical and problem solving skills for a thriving career as a business analyst, manager, or consultant in private and public enterprises.
We also have a proud history of graduate entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
We have a dedicated employability team within our department, in addition to the University of Essex Employability and Careers Centre, so you are well-placed to find work opportunities both during your course and after you graduate. You can also access employer talks on campus.
In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree in business, engineering, or science, including an introductory knowledge of statistics, calculus and algebra.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.