MSc Business Analytics

MSc Business Analytics

Drive business transformation through data-driven decision-making 

With the emergence of new technologies such as AI and machine learning, the ability to analyse and interpret complex data sets is crucial for future business leaders. Our MSc in Business Analytics will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in an increasingly data-driven world. You will develop in-depth knowledge of both predictive and prescriptive analysis while also being exposed to many real-world business applications, and learn how to harness ‘big data’ to improve business performance. 

Taught within a world-leading university, you will benefit from particular expertise in the study and analysis of data, science and technology. From early on, you will learn how to write code in programming languages such as Python and R, and gain the specialist skills you need to boost your career or start working as a business analyst, data scientist or consultant. Prepare for your future driving business transformation through data. 

6th
in the world (QS Business Master’s Rankings 2024, Business Analytics)
3rd
in Europe (QS Business Master’s Rankings 2024, Business Analytics)

99%
employed within six months (class of 2022)
10
elective options
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Study your MSc Business Analytics at a world-leading university

2nd
in the world (Imperial College London, QS World University Rankings 2025)
3rd
in Europe (Imperial College London, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024)
#1
city for students (London, QS Best Student City Rankings 2024)

Programme content

In preparation for the start of the one-year MSc Business Analytics programme at Imperial College Business School, you will need to complete the online pre-study modules available on The Hub - our virtual learning environment. Throughout the three academic terms, you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning experience by selecting nine core modules and six electives from an array of subject areas.

In the summer, this programme offers a valuable opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in a real-world setting through a practical project. Through this project, you will gain consulting experience, complete a work placement, or conduct a research report.

Please note, programme content is subject to change. Candidates that fail to successfully complete this degree are not entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

Through a combination of online pre-study modules and induction week, you will be ready to hit the ground running when your programme begins. This comprehensive preparation not only prepares you for the academic rigour ahead but also ensures you're thoroughly equipped to maximise the benefits of your programme.

Online pre-study modules

Online | July-September

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.

Induction week

On campus | Early September, compulsory

Your MSc Business Analytics induction will be spent at our vibrant South Kensington campus in London. You will be invited to a welcome event where you can meet and network with your fellow students, distinguished faculty and dedicated programme staff, forging new connections and getting a taste of life at Imperial. 

What our students say

“I advise people considering applying for this programme to be bold and brave. It is definitely challenging, but very exciting and fulfilling, as there is so much knowledge gained in a short amount of time. Limits will be tested, but the people involved are also amazing. One year will fly by so quickly, so I also advise people to appreciate every moment.”
Jamie Christine Berberabe Lim
MSc Business Analytics 2023
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Career Impact

Imperial College Business School Careers provide world-class support that is tailored to your own individual career aspirations and is an integral part of our MBA programmes. A number of personalised services are provided before you start your programme, throughout your time at the Business School, and after you graduate, to support you both in securing a job in the sector of your choice and with ongoing career success. 

Employment outcomes below refer to the class of 2022.

What our students say

“Imperial has helped me bridge the gap between data scientists and business leaders. Since being at Imperial I have secured a job at a management consultancy which will help me to continue to learn about the quantitative technical solutions behind business problems and communicate these to business leaders in a down-to-earth and realistic manner.”
Alana Mcintosh
MSc Business Analytics 2020
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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 business.admissions@imperial.ac.uk.

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.

Please note: our video interviews are conducted via the Kira Talent platform. As Kira Talent is an independent third party service provider with their own terms and conditions of service and privacy policy, please familiarise yourself with these and ensure you are happy with them before proceeding to use the Kira service and platform.

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.

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