Clearing 2021
Postgraduate Course

MSc Business Analytics

MSc Business Analytics

Overview

The details
Business Analytics
October 2021
Full-time
1 year
Southend Campus

All courses closed on 27 August 2021 to applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK for October 2021 entry. Applications received after this date will automatically be considered for the next available entry for the course applied for.

All courses remain open for applicants who DO NOT require a student visa to study in the UK for October 2021 entry.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world are stepping up their analytics capabilities in order to inform their response to unforeseen changes in their markets.

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 and help to answer questions raised by local and global pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. You are trained to organise, integrate and interpret data so you can make insightful forecasts into all aspects of business operations 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.

This course is available to study starting in January or October.

Essex Business School is home to an international community of students and staff. Across our two campuses in Colchester and Southend, our current Masters students join us from more than 40 different nationalities. The University of Essex offers a number of scholarship and discounts for Masters study, including tailored awards for international applicants.

Why we're great.
  • Choose between starting your course in October or January and take optional modules to tailor a Masters degree that is unique to you
  • Our academics are at the forefront of the big data debate
  • We have expert data analytics facilities in our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our expert staff have world-class research reputations. They’re at the forefront of real-world data, management and entrepreneurial issues, ensuring you experience the very latest teaching and thinking to prepare you for the modern business world.

Our staff specialise in areas including:

  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • new product development
  • human resource management
  • microfinance
  • ethics
  • social responsibility
  • sustainability
  • data analytics

Our academic staff are active members of the School’s Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship Group, which carries out cutting-edge research into issues affecting the sustainable growth of business, society and the economy.

Many are also part of the national Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which is based at our Colchester Campus and carries out research into issues impacting entrepreneurship and innovation, such as local economic growth and access to broadband. 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.

When you join our school, you will benefit from world-leading research being conducted by our senior academic staff, like Professor of Technology Strategy Suma Athreye. Her teaching is informed by her work around the evolution of technology markets, inclusive innovation and international research and development management. She has consulted to the World Intellectual Property Organisation and is on the Editorial Board of the Innovation and Development and Multinational Business Review. She also advises the Big Innovation Centre.

Academic staff at our Southend campus also contribute to research for the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship Innovation Management and Internationalisation (REIMI) which specialises in interrogating the research and practice of entrepreneurship, international management and innovation.

Specialist facilities

Our MSc Business Analytics is taught at our Southend Campus, just 40 minutes from London and in the heart of the Thames Gateway - one of the Government’s priority areas for economic growth – offering fantastic internship and networking opportunities.

Southend-on-Sea combines the charms of a traditional seaside resort with the attractions of a vibrant, modern town and our campus sits right at the centre. With seven miles of coastline, a thriving arts and cultural scene and a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife all on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to live and study. Our town centre location has excellent transport links and London Southend Airport is just five minutes away by train, offering flights to over 50 destinations across Europe.

When you choose our Southend Campus for your studies, you’ll have access to a superb learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • 24-hour Learning Hub with computer suites and study pods
  • extensive public and academic library
  • student services desk
  • modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • Graduate employment support, events and initiatives
  • study skills advice
  • in-house dentist and Faith Centre
  • our cosy SU Lounge, with pool tables and large-screen TV for socialising and relaxation

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.

A short walk from campus is The Hive Enterprise Centre - a dedicated business hub that hosts networking events and provides finance and marketing support to start-ups and growing businesses.

Your future

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 work with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

93% of our Essex Business School students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020). Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in any discipline. Your undergraduate studies should have included on of the following: statistics,quantitative methods, mathematical methods, advanced mathematics, management science or operations research.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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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.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore, to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible, your core module structure may be subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE WITH OPTIONS

BE984-7-PS or BE964-7-PS
(60 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Applied Statistics and Forecasting
(15 CREDITS)

The importance of data and evidence driven decision making cannot be overstated in today’s world. Managers have access to vast amounts of data, as well as tools which can help them analyse the data. The ability to understand this data and use it to support your decisions is increasingly proving to be a necessary skill in a typical manager’s portfolio.

View Applied Statistics and Forecasting on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Managerial Economics
(15 CREDITS)

Managerial Economics applies economic theory to business management, decision making and forward planning. This module explores how economic concepts, such as profit, demand, cost, pricing production, competition and business cycles, can be used to solve business problems.

View Managerial Economics on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Research Methods
(15 CREDITS)

Gain the key skills and competencies to carry out management research or prepare a comprehensive business plan, suitable for the completion of a Masters level programme. You address the philosophical issues underlying management research, and discover how to select methods and judge the quality and value of research outcomes.

View Research Methods on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management
(15 CREDITS)

Matching the ability to supply a product or service with customer demand is vital for any organisation. Excess supply can lead to wastage and increased costs, but too little can irritate customers and result in lost revenue. Supply chain management is a complex and challenging task, but, done right, it can create significant competitive advantage. This module explores how organisations manage their product range and operations to best align supply with demand in a global environment, categorised by expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, and continuous advances in business analytics. You explore areas such as industry competition, resource allocation, organisational learning and competitive dynamics.

View Global Supply Chain and Operations Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Business Analytics for Managers and Entrepreneurs
(15 CREDITS)

Data analytics presents a massive opportunity for business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs alike in modern globalised economies. You explore how crucial data analytics is in today's business world, and consider real-world examples where businesses have harnessed this power to solve critical problems. You learn a wide variety of data mining, visual and analytical techniques which can be applied to data generated from different markets and businesses.

View Business Analytics for Managers and Entrepreneurs on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 07: OPTIONAL

Option(s) from list
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 08: OPTIONAL

Option(s) from list
(15 CREDITS)

Teaching

We develop your skills in leadership, team work, decision making and communication to help you secure your dream job:

  • our teaching is interactive; you learn through group working and applied projects
  • choose from a wide range of modules
  • take part in the Essex Business School open seminar series and hear from world-renowned academics
  • research is embedded into our curriculum, so you graduate ready to tackle current entrepreneurial issues

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation
  • If you start this course in October, you will start work on your dissertation or work-based project during the summer term (term three) after you have completed your autumn and spring term modules.
  • If you start this course in January, you will start work on your dissertation or work-based project during the summer term (term two) and you will receive feedback on your first draft. You will continue to work on your dissertation during the autumn term (term three) and will have the opportunity to incorporate learnings from your autumn modules before you submit the final version at the end of the year.
  • A work-based project may be taken instead of a dissertation, enabling you to put your knowledge into practice by undertaking an employer work placement for between eight and twelve weeks. You'll produce a research report based around a priority issue for the organisation.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£12,410

International fee

£19,380

EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Southend Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing southend@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2021 Open Days (Southend Campus)

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Southend Campus

Visit Southend Campus

With its lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit international community, Southend is the perfect environment for living and learning.

If you're joining our School of Health and Social Care, East 15 Acting School, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, or Essex Business School, you may well be studying at our Southend Campus.

Famous for its beach resort and pier, Southend-on-Sea stretches along seven miles of award-winning coastline, providing plenty of opportunities for a wide range of water sports and leisure activities.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Check out our website to find out more information about our Southend Campus, watch videos and view our campuses.

Exhibitions

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