Gain in-demand data analytics skills without pausing your career
The ability to analyse complex data is becoming increasingly essential for success in business. Our online MSc Business Analytics will develop your understanding of business analytics, data, and artificial intelligence and how this can transform business and society. The programme is designed for those who want to upskill and apply their learning in their current organisation or pivot into a new role involving data or analytics consulting.
Modelled on our full-time, on-campus degree programme, the online MSc Business Analytics offers greater flexibility and managerial module options designed specifically for working professionals. You can choose to complete the programme in two or three years depending on your commitments and learning pace. Graduate with the same degree as the on-campus programme without putting your career on hold and improve your career prospects.
Take your career to the next level with a MSc Business Analytics Online
Your first year will provide you with the mathematical and computational foundations of analytics. You will have two one-week, on-campus periods in your first year when you will be expected to visit London for workshops and classes and to experience life at Imperial.
For the remainder of the programme, you will focus on the application of knowledge and skills learned in your first year to real-world situations in industries such as healthcare, logistics and supply chain, and finance, or functional areas such as retail marketing, digital marketing, and human resources.
Please note, programme content is subject to change.
Online pre-study modules
Before the start of your programme, you will be expected to complete online pre-study modules, delivered via The Hub, our bespoke virtual learning environment. Some of these modules are compulsory while others are strongly recommended as they will help you prepare you for the remainder of your programme.
The programme induction week is one of only two periods of on-campus activity during your programme and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the Business School experience. We strongly encourage you to attend on campus in London if at all possible.
Data Structures and Algorithms
This module introduces you to the design of algorithms and data structures for computational problem solving. The design of efficient computational methods for sifting through large data sets lies in the core of modern technological innovation ranging from search engines and social networks to healthcare, energy and finance. The module will familiarise you with key algorithm design paradigms and central concepts of computational complexity and running-time analysis. You will develop a working knowledge of basic algorithms (for problems such as search, sorting, and shortest paths) and data structures, along with the necessary programming constructs. The module will also serve as an introduction to the Python programming language, with the goal of becoming proficient in organizing and writing programs for practical problem-solving.
This module will teach you basic analytics skills and methodologies for large-scale data analysis. It will focus on the practical use of these skills and methodologies to solve real world problems. The goal of the module is to enable you to be data-savvy, analytically minded and coding-literate problem solvers.
Maths and Statistics Foundations for Analytics
This rigorous module will teach you concepts of probability, statistics and linear algebra. You will learn to summarise and analyse data using statistical concepts and understand linear algebra to represent and manipulate data. This will ensure that you build a solid foundation of the mathematical concepts necessary to succeed on the programme. This module will also serve as an introduction to R.
Optimisation and Decision Models
Optimisation plays a key role in statistical, machine learning and business operational models. This module trains students on the fundamental optimisation tools available to the modeller and business analyst. You will obtain hands-on experience with the key modelling (AIMMS, GAMS, AMPL) and optimisation (CPLEX, GUROBI) software packages.
Statistics and Econometrics
This module provides an introduction to multiple regression analysis and related methods for analysing data in business applications.
Advanced Machine Learning
Data Analytics and Visualisation for Business
Digital Marketing Analytics
Emerging Technologies in Marketing
Fundamentals of Database Technologies
Healthcare & Medical Analytics
Leadership in Analytics
Logistics and Supply-Chain Analytics
Retail & Marketing Analytics
It may be possible for online students to take selected elective modules from the School’s other programmes. Specific elective availability will be confirmed nearer the time, and specific combinations are subject to availability, timetabling, and individual student credit requirements.
Electives available and module outlines are subject to change. Imperial College Business School reserves the right to alter modules whenever they need to be amended or improved.
Analytics in Business Capstone: Work-Based Project
The Work-Based Project aims to contribute to the development of your potential by providing you with the opportunity to apply the material of the programme to a challenging business situation in which you are fully immersed.
The focus is on developing your skills in one specific business context, drawing on the knowledge and skills achieved across the modules. Many students studying the part-time programme use this opportunity to undertake a relevant project that will add value to their current employer.
Analytics in Business Capstone: Analytics Project
The Analytics Project will develop your analytical potential by giving you the opportunity to apply problem-solving techniques to a challenging business situation, integrating your theoretical knowledge with practical, industry-relevant skills. You will manage the expectations of key stakeholders, delivering value to an organisation through the completion of business-related tasks and analysis.
The IRR is offered to students who show an interest in pursuing a PhD. It constitutes a small piece of research to be completed in the final three months of the programme. Students must find a faculty member to supervise them to be considered.
We have carefully designed this programme for online delivery via The Hub, our bespoke learning environment, ensuring students receive a high-quality and supportive experience which is comparable to our on-campus programmes.
You will be assessed through online exams, individual coursework and group work. Case studies and group activities will be used to strengthen your conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Exit points: We recognise that circumstances may change for part-time students and exit points are offered upon completion of 30 ECTS (PG Certificate) or 60 ECTS (PGDiploma). You must successfully complete all 6 compulsory modules to be eligible for the PG Certificate exit award, and an additional 6 elective modules for the PG Diploma award. The maximum period of registration for either exit award is 36 months.
What our students say
“With Imperial having such a great reputation in science and math-based subjects, I also expected the MSc Business Analytics to be more maths focussed than at other universities. I saw this as a clear advantage, as I expect to go deeper in analytics, to really master it, compared to similar programmes.”
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At Imperial College Business School, your career is our priority. We have a dedicated Careers team that is committed to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. With close links to industry and a busy calendar of events, workshops, and personal development programmes, you will be prepared to enter a highly competitive recruitment market.
Employment outcomes below refer to MSc Business Analytics (on-campus, full-time) class of 2022.
employed within six months
employed in finance
employed in UK
“I recently made a career change to the tech industry so will upskill myself in different areas within technology and develop my career in the industry in the coming years. Therefore, this programme is a perfect fit for me to acquire technical skills and apply them at work. At the same time, I am inspired by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at the Business School and will definitely explore more by taking part in student opportunities offered by the Enterprise Lab.”
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Our faculty are at the forefront of data science and business analytics, using state-of-the-art technology such as the Data Observatory, one of the world’s most advanced data visualisation spaces. They combine theoretical knowledge from their cutting-edge research with the latest practical insights from their extensive network with industry and government.
Mark Van Lokeren
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Frequently asked questions
All applications to our postgraduate programmes are made online – we do not accept paper applications. Please refer to the ‘How to apply’ section of each programme page to see what documents you are required to submit with your application and to view the selection process.
All of our programmes are academically rigorous and include a quantitative component so all candidates are expected to be familiar with a basic level of mathematics before the start of the programme. The quantitative experience statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate this to the selection committee.
In the quantitative experience statement, you need to list up to five of the most quantitative modules or elements of your studies to date. You should list the main topics of study (eg: algebra, probability etc) as well as the level of study (eg: high school, undergraduate degree, short course etc) as this will allow the selection committee to have an understanding of your quantitative experience to date.
Quantitative experience is a key selection criterion for our more quantitative programmes (MSc Finance, MSc Finance & Accounting, MSc Financial Technology, MSc Investment & Wealth Management, MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering, MSc Business Analytics, MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance and MSc Economics & Strategy for Business) so please be sure to check the entry requirements for your programme of interest to ensure your background is sufficiently quantitative. For other programmes, candidates are advised to review both the programme content and the pre-study modules to see what the numerical content of the programme includes before they submit an application.
You can apply to be considered for one programme each year. We will take your areas of interest and eligibility into account when considering you for alternative programmes.
While it is not compulsory to submit the results of an approved English language test with your application, it is strongly encouraged and will add weight to your application if you are able to show that you have met the language requirement prior to applying. You can find detailed information regarding the Business School’s language requirements and the tests that we accept here.
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide the contact details of two referees. Your referees will be contacted by email once you have completed and submitted your application, and the email will contain instructions on how they can submit your reference via our application system.
Please ensure that each reference letter that is submitted has been sent from an academic or professional email address. We cannot accept references sent from personal email addresses, such as Gmail, Hotmail, 126, 163, Sina, QQ, and Yahoo.
Our electronic application service is provided by an external provider, so there may be a delay before the receipt of your references is confirmed on your student application account.
If you receive confirmation that your references have been received but this still isn’t confirmed on your account a week after receiving the confirmation, please contact the Central Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates for our MSc programmes will be invited to complete an interview. Interviews are conducted through Kira Talent, our video interview platform, which you can access online to record and submit your answers.
The interview process typically takes about 20 minutes and does not require extensive preparation. It aims to supplement your written application by providing a further opportunity for you to articulate your suitability for your MSc programme of choice through questions about your previous experience and future aspirations.
If you are invited to submit a video interview, you will be sent details of how to access and use the Kira Talent online interview platform.
Once you have created an account, you will be asked a series of questions, to which you can record your answers as short videos and submit them online.
Please make sure that the invitation doesn’t go to your junk mail by adding kiratalent.com to your list of safe senders. You must complete your online interview by the deadline stated in the email. If the email has gone into a junk, spam, or clutter folder in your inbox, we will not be able to rearrange a new interview for you, and your application will be considered for withdrawal.
For all MSc programmes, you can normally expect to receive a decision within 6-8 weeks of having submitted a complete application. Please keep in mind that during busy times and/or where documents are missing from an application, this time may increase.
When an offer is submitted by the Business School, the Central Admissions need to make a number of final checks before it can be formally approved. These may include an additional review of an applicant’s academic background or ensuring the references we have received are valid. Until you have received confirmation of the official offer via the College’s applicant portal, please do not arrange accommodation, book flights or decline any other offers you may be holding. The majority of offers are successfully approved by Central Admissions and you will be able to see full details of your offer conditions once your official offer has been confirmed.
Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm when you will receive a decision on your application but we will be in touch via email as soon as there is an update. Please be aware that you do not need to provide any additional information unless you think that this will add significant weight to your application (e.g. updated transcripts, relevant internships, English language results).
Please email your programme admissions team if you would like feedback on your application. Please note that whilst limited feedback can be provided, the decision of the academic selectors is final and it will not be possible for your application to be reconsidered.
We are unable to assess eligibility before an applicant applies as the academic selection committee needs to review a full application before any decision can be made. Please check the specific entry requirements of the programme you are interested in studying along with our international entry requirements. If you feel you meet our entry requirements you can apply online.
In addition to the guidance available on our website, we also hold regular information sessions both online and on-campus throughout the year where we would be happy to discuss your suitability in more detail.
The majority of the MSc programmes require a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) to be admitted. While work experience can add weight to an application, this would not be considered in place of meeting the academic requirement, regardless of how lengthy the experience has been.
The exceptions to this are MSc Global Health Management, MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time), and MSc Strategic Marketing (online, part-time). Please refer to the programme’s entry requirements for more detailed information.
We may consider candidates applying to MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) with non-traditional qualifications and backgrounds, on the basis of highly relevant work experience or demonstrated interest.
The Business School does not offer pre-sessional English courses or accept attendance of a pre-sessional English course as a means of meeting the English language requirement.
Yes, you can. You can pay your tuition fees in either one or two instalments payable at the start of term, or at the start of term and February, respectively. If you pay in instalments there will be a 2% surcharge of the total amount added to your first instalment. You would be asked to select a payment schedule during the offer acceptance process. Please contact the Student Finance Team if you have further questions about this process.
The Business School offers a variety of different scholarships, each with unique eligibility criteria.
All candidates who submit an MSc application before the scholarship deadlines (listed on our website) and receive an offer for one of our programmes will automatically be considered for scholarship(s) relevant to their programme, providing they do not have additional criteria such as a video submission. You can be considered for multiple scholarships at the same time.
Additionally, there are a number of cross-programme awards and programme specific awards also available. Please check on the scholarships page on your programme of choice for eligibility and entry requirements.
Yes, we offer a 10% bursary on programme fees to successful candidates with an undergraduate degree from Imperial awarded at a minimum of upper second class, or Master’s degree awarded with a minimum of Merit. In order to be considered for this bursary, you must submit your application by the scholarship deadline.
If you are being sponsored by an organisation that will be responsible for paying your tuition fees, you must provide acceptable proof of the award.
Satisfactory evidence of sponsorship is usually regarded as an original, dated and duly authorised letter from your sponsor on headed paper which includes the following:
Your name and College Identifier Number
The programme for which you have been offered a place
The amount of fees which will be paid by your sponsor (please report in GBP)
The address to which the invoice should be sent
Any Purchase Order Number required
Confirmation that the fees will be sent directly to Imperial College
Sponsorship letters should be emailed to the Central Admissions team at email@example.com
Your CAS number holds information about the programme you will study and if you have paid any fees. You will not need a formal letter from the College confirming your offer status for your visa appointment.
For more information about what you will need, see the UKVI website.
We will start to issue CAS numbers from April. The details of your CAS will appear on your My Imperial record after you have met all the conditions of your offer. Please note that you will need to upload a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport and current visa (if you have recently completed a degree in the UK), before your CAS can be issued. Please upload these documents to the ‘Passport/visa’ section of your My Imperial account.
Once your CAS is ready, you will receive an email confirming that it has been uploaded onto your My Imperial account. If you log into My Imperial you will be able to find your CAS number and the details that have been included in your CAS.
Please note that we cannot provide you with a CAS if you have outstanding conditions on your offer. Please ensure that you allow enough time to meet your conditions and apply for a visa before the start date of your programme of study.
The Business School holds online information sessions throughout the year to give you the opportunity to learn more about the programmes from the Programme Director, current students and alumni. Please refer to the meet us page to find out when the next event is being held for your interested programme(s).
The Business School is located on the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London. Please refer to the location page for our address and guidance on how to get here.
Please note that before you contact us you should also check information on the relevant pages on the Business School or College website. If your question isn’t answered, please contact the appropriate team below.
General application queries
Deposit and tuition fee invoice queries (including refunds)
To check if your payment has been received
Tuition Fees Team
+44 (0) 20 7594 8011
To check if your documents have been received
Queries regarding your CAS number
+44 (0) 20 7594 7258
Career-related queries from admitted students
+44 (0) 20 7594 9617
Visa and immigration queries
International Student Support
+44 (0) 20 7594 8040
+44 (0) 20 7594 9444
General student information and advice
+44 (0) 20 7594 9444
Advice on budgeting and London living costs
Advice on external scholarships
Student Financial Support
+44 (0) 20 7594 9014
If you’ve submitted your application but haven’t received your CID number
Password or technical issues with your Imperial Gateway account
+44 (0)20 7594 9000
Almost all of the MSc programmes we have available are 12 month, full-time programmes. The only exceptions are our MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) and MSc Strategic Marketing (online, part-time) programmes, which are available on a part-time basis.
Yes, we offer an Economics, Finance and Data Science Bachelor's degree, as well as a range of courses at undergraduate level:
- BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science
- BPES Programme
- Joint Honours and Intercalated BSc Programme
- Summer School Programme
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