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MSc Business and Management (Business Analytics)

Delivered 100% online and part-time, so you can fit studying around your existing work and family commitments

University of Essex Online


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2 years · Self-paced
Level 7 Master of Science (MSc)
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Business analytics can help you to predict market trends and improve business processes. This programme will develop your analytical skills and empower you to make strategic decisions to improve performance in all areas of business, from marketing and sales to product development and beyond.


Level 7 Master of Science (MSc)
Awarded by University of Essex

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On this course, you’ll gain confidence in dealing with data while also improving your managerial skills. You’ll cover a range of topics including the theory underpinning data and knowledge management, and the range of statistical methodology available for analysing and solving business problems.

The MSc Business and Management (Business Analytics) is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits.

  • Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Data Management, Modelling and Design (20 credits)
  • Statistics for Business (20 credits)
  • Data Visualisation and Interpretation (20 credits)
  • Data Analytics for Managers (20 credits)
  • Business Strategy (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Business and Management Research Report (40 credits)

Shorter awards are available for this course; the 16-month postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) at 120 credits and the 8-month postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) at 60 credits.

Who is this course for?

This degree is designed to develop your specialist knowledge and transferable skills, enabling you to progress your career in business analytics.

You’ll learn and be assessed wholly online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so there’s no need to travel to assessment centres. This means you can easily fit your professional development ambitions around your personal life, without the need to take a career break.

Though you'll study exclusively online, on successful completion of your MSc Business and Management (Business Analytics), you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus.


At University of Essex Online, we believe everyone should be able to access education. That’s why we offer two different entry routes onto our MSc Business and Management (Business Analytics), which take into account both academic and work-based experience.

Our courses are taught in English, so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you’ll be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Career path

Achieving this Masters degree will demonstrate your valuable specialist knowledge and commitment to professional development to future employers. It could lead to a career within an analytics role in any aspect of business or management.

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