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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Business Analytics

Learn how to apply the latest academic thinking and analytical and computing tools to help make business decisions.

Drive business transformation through data-driven decision making

A practically focused degree, designed to create data analysts of the future

Learn how to apply the latest academic thinking and analytical and computing tools to help make business decisions

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £41,000 Home

    • £41,000 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • First or 2:1 in a quantitative subject such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer science, Engineering, Physics or a quantitative economics degree

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Course overview

MSc Business Analytics equips you to make data-driven and evidence-based decisions and drive transformation within businesses.

Guided by world-class faculty and leading practitioners in this in-demand field, you'll receive rigorous technical and quantitative training, as well as opportunities to apply your learning in a practical setting. There is a careful balance of teaching, hands-on coursework and training in data analysis and business intelligence tools, plus regular seminars by expert external speakers.

Imperial College London is consistently ranked in the top 10 universities globally, recognised as a world leader in the study and analysis of data.

Prepare for your future driving business transformation through data.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

Before the programme begins you will be expected to complete some pre-study modules which are delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s online learning environment.

These modules will be available to students who have accepted an offer of admission from July onwards, and are designed to give you a basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

Core modules rapidly build the theoretical and programming foundations you need for analytics. They are the backbone of the programme and will provide you with a solid combination of tools and knowledge.

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Fundamentals of Database Technologies
  • Machine Learning
  • Maths and Statistics Foundations for Analytics
  • Network Analytics
  • Optimisation and Decision Models
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Visualisation

Each elective will introduce the main analytical models and questions in the area and you will gain expertise in both the language and tools specific to that business area. Real-world data sets and cutting edge tools and models will allow you to apply your knowledge directly within your chosen industry. You will take six electives from the Business Analytics electives.

You will also have the choice to take one additional elective from a suite of elective modules made available from other Business School MSc programmes.


Over the summer term you will choose to undertake either the Analytics in Business Capstone Project (students take either a Work Placement or Consulting Project) or the Individual Research Report.

  • Analytics in Business Capstone Project
  • Individual Research Report

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Case studies
  • Projects
  • Presentations and seminars
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical classes and fieldwork
  • Work placement opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Person completing coursework
    Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal presentations
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Papers from a written report
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

If you are applying to the Business School, you may be considered for one course per admissions cycle.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for a business analytics career.

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Become capable of making data-driven, evidence-based decisions and driving business transformation.

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As you learn from world-class faculty and leading practitioners in this in-demand field, you'll apply your knowledge in a practical setting.

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Data-driven business transformation prepares you for the future.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications