Business School students

Suited for recent graduates and early career professionals who aspire to launch a career in business analytics.

Key information

Duration:
1 year full-time
2 years part-time online

Start date:
September 2021 (full-time)
September 2021 (part-time online)

Campus:
South Kensington (full/part-time)
Online (part-time only)

ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Our MSc in Business Analytics enables recent graduates and early career professionals to understand the content, importance and relevance of big data problems facing businesses and will be familiar with a variety of statistical, operation research and machine learning techniques needed to solve them.

Combining academic rigour and practical relevance, you will learn from experts in our leading faculty how to apply the latest academic thinking and analytical and computing tools to help make business decisions.

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 is recognised as a world leader in the study and analysis of data, and the Business School is home to the KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics.

Study programme

Before starting the programme, you complete a number of online pre-study modules, to give you the introductory knowledge of areas that will be covered throughout the programme.

You then develop your analytical skills and business knowledge and study a number of core and elective modules over the three academic terms. The choice of elective modules allows you to customise the programme to meet your personal career ambitions.

Over the summer, you will undertake either a Consulting Project, Work Placement or Individual Research Project, before completing your studies with the Business Analytics Report.

Streams

You have the choice of the two streams listed below.

  • MSc Business Analytics (on-campus, full-time)  A demanding full-time course taught over one calendar year at our South Kensington campus. You have the option of completing a Capstone Project which includes a substantial group-based consulting project undertaken for a real client.
  • MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) A part-time course with a curriculum modelled on the full-time stream. This 22 months part-time degree is delivered via our unique interactive online learning platform.

Students of both streams will graduate with the award of MSc Business Analytics.

Careers

You will be supported by our Careers and Professional Development Service to gain employment, primarily as a business analyst, across a range of industries including digital media, financial services and healthcare. Our graduates have also pursued roles in analytics expertise at strategy consultancies and marketing agencies.

Our MSc Business Analytics graduates have joined a wide range of employers, including:

  • Deloitte
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Tesco
  • United Nations

Find out more about MSc Business Analytics

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.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Full-time, on-campus

Pre-study modules

  • Career and Professional Development Workshops
  • Plagiarism Awareness

Core modules

You study all of the modules below.

  • Business and Maths Foundations for Business Analytics
  • 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

Optional modules

You choose three modules from each group.

Group A

  • Digital Marketing Analytics (online)
  • Energy Analytics
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics
  • Retail and Marketing Analytics

Group B

  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Healthcare and Medical Analytics
  • Financial Analytics
  • Workforce Analytics
  • Data Management and Ethics
 

Report module

You will complete an Analytics in Business Capstone Project or an Individual Research Report.

Part-time, online

Pre-study modules (non-assessed)

  • Career and Professional Development Workshops
  • Plagiarism Awareness

Core modules

You study all of the modules below.

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

Optional modules

You choose six modules from below.

  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Data Management and Ethics
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Energy Analytics
  • Financial Analytics
  • Healthcare and Medical Analytics
  • Logistics and Supply-Chain Analytics
  • Retail and Marketing Analytics
  • Workforce Analytics

You also have the option to complete a work placement and a final report, or complete an individual research report.

 

Teaching and assessment

Full-time

Full-time, on-campus

Teaching methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Formal presentations
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Written examinations

Part-time online

Part-time, online

Teaching methods

  • Electronic resources
  • Instructional video
  • Interactive exercises
  • Learning evaluation tools
  • Lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • On-line messaging system for students and tutors
  • Online quizzes
  • Practical classes/labs
  • Synchronous audio and video live sessions
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal presentations
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Participation
  • Reports
  • Written examinations

Staff expertise

The Imperial College Business School has over 60 academics, 10 teaching fellows and 20 researchers supporting teaching and research across the School.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a quantitative subject.

You are also required to have a well-researched career plan with clear short and long term goals.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the ICBS requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for Business School applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View Imperial College Business School's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Imperial College Business School

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
E: business.school@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

If you are applying to the Business School, you may only be considered for one programme per admissions cycle, with the exception of applicants to our Finance Master's programmes, who may select two programmes.

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

The fee for 2021-22 is as follows. It applies per application and not per course:

  • £135 for MBA applications
  • £80 for all other Master's applications

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

Full-time (one-year on campus) - £32,500 per year
Part-time (two years online) - £16,250 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

Full-time (one-year on campus) - £32,500 per year
Part-time (two years online) - £16,250 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Read more about scholarships specific to this degree on the Business School website.

Further information

Business School

Got a question?

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
E: business.school@imperial.ac.uk

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