Business Analytics

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


The MSc in Business Analytics is a new MSc offered in collaboration with QMUL’s School of Mathematics and is aimed at students who are highly numerate and have a strong interest in developing statistical and business skills required to succeed in the digital economy.

This exciting new programme is ideal for anybody aiming to direct businesses in today’s digital economy.  You will learn how to use insights from business analysis to inform strategy, provide direction for leadership and create value.

With the growing use of data in business decision making, individuals who have a strong understanding of the tools and methodologies for business analysis, who are able to analyse data and use the results to inform the direction of their business, will be sought after by employers in all sectors of the economy.

Our programme will take you beyond analytics and programming, teaching you how businesses are structured, how they operate and how digital skills are used to enhance business performance.  You will gain an awareness of the leadership and organisational challenges associated with large scale change projects driven by the digitisation of businesses and develop important leadership qualities such as communication, negotiation and team work.


MSc Business Analytics is available for one year full-time study. You can expect to spend two to three days a week in intensive lectures and the remaining time in self-study supported by online materials.

You will take five compulsory modules, a Masterclass module running throughout the year and a Group Project Module in the summer. You may also choose three optional modules to be taken in term 2.

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules: 

  • Leadership Skills for Business Analytics (BUSM139)
  • Strategic Analysis (BUSM147)
  • Data Analytics (MTH781P)
  • Programming for Business Analytics (MTH785P)
  • Masterclass in Business Analytics (BUSM131)


  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178)

Semester 2 

Compulsory modules:

  • Experiments for Business Analytics (BUSM160) 
  • SAS for Business Intelligence (MTH782P) 
  • Masterclass in Business Analytics (BUSM131) 

Electives (choose two):

  • Time Series Analysis for Business (MTH783P)
  • Optimisation for Business Processes (MTH784P) 
  • Machine Learning with Python (MTH786P)
  • Project Management (BUSM141) 
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178)

Semester 3


  • Group Project in Business Analysis (BUSM130)

NoteThe modules are correct at the time of reading. Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year. However, we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class degree or overseas equivalent is required.  Any degree discipline is acceptable, but students must have a satisfactory existing level of Maths, Quants or Stats. We welcome students from a variety of disciplines, including Maths, Computer Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Medicine, straight Economics, and straight Finance. Students from less quantitatively oriented degrees are also welcome if they have focused on the more quantitative elements of those degrees.  For students whose first language is not English, we require an IELTS score of 7 (with 6 in writing).

Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements, it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus in London.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email

For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment.  There will be between two and three blocks of teaching per module, depending on content. The same module will be taught by the same member of staff in Paris and London. Each block of teaching will consist of six hours of lectures per day over two or three days.

Each course unit involves lectures, problem solving coursework and practical sessions. Project based course units (e.g. Summer Group Project) will also involve interaction with project partners.

Independent study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete 6 further hours of independent study. Independent study will be supported by online learning aids in the form of videos, quizzes and regular online chat sessions with your teachers. 

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will develop your ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods including coursework and examinations, specific exercises, such as presentations and debates, and analysis of data.

The Masterclass and the Group Project are examined on the basis of a written report and formal oral presentations.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £12,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £24,950
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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