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Business Analytics MSc

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

MSc Business Analytics will equip the learners with the techniques and analytical tools required to understand and engage with complex data with the aim of enhancing business performance. This programme has been designed to help learners gain the skills and qualification needed to pursue a career in business analytics. Business analytics is an area where employers are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit graduates with the right qualifications and skills. There is an increasing demand for skills, but also a significant gap between current graduates’ analytical skills and employers’ needs.

By completing this programme, learners will improve their employability skills by gaining the expertise required to analyse data, improve decision-making, enhance critical thinking and help companies gain a competitive advantage. Moreover, the programme enables learners to enhance their knowledge of core themes such as business intelligence, information systems theories and some of the related techniques, information systems strategy, digital innovation, and fundamentals of project management. Furthermore, learners will be able to gain the necessary research skills as part of the final dissertation module – Business Research Project – to pursue further studies at doctoral level, if they choose to do so.

Updated 06/08/2020

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £7,425

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Peer networking is encouraged so you can maximise your learning.
  • Learn how to apply descriptive, analytical modelling techniques to help organisations improve performance.
  • Participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding using Active Blended Learning (ABL) model.

Course Content

  • The modules within the programme are outlined and briefly introduced below:

    Applied Systems Analysis

    The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of approaches in business and systems analysis. One of the key approaches covered in details is the notion of Systems Thinking, and Business/System Dynamics. Other systems analysis approaches are also discussed.

    Business Intelligence

    The reliance of businesses on application and data driven intelligence has increased tremendously in the past decade and has become an inseparable part of any company. The module explores the underlying concepts in business intelligence, analytics, and decision sciences.

    Information Systems Methods

    This module provides a holistic overview of methods used in assessment, analysis, design and implementation of information systems. You will be able to gain a thorough understanding of business needs in this context and explore the topics associated with different IS methods and also the selection, evaluation and comparison of appropriate methodologies and tools.

    Strategic Management of IS:

    You will have the capability to co-ordinate and carry out activities and processes relevant for the creation of IS strategies with a view to provide superior performance. These strategies are then justified against several competing alternatives.

    Fundamentals of Project Management

    Fast moving dynamic development within organisations means that having a basic ‘toolkit’ of modern and de facto project management techniques, with an emphasis on applying these is a vital requirement for project management students. This module gives you an excellent grounding in theoretical practices, practical tools and techniques and equips you to face the challenges facing project managers today.

    Digital Twins and Internet of Things:

    Digital Twin technologies are revolutionary phenomena for developing an exact digital or cyber replica of a physical asset or a system. Within this module, you will investigate Digital Twin (DT) as an emerging technology, Internet of Things (IoT) as an enabler and other related theories and practices.

    Business Research Project:

    This module provides a supportive environment for you to develop your academic and individual research capabilities.  You will develop skills in completing a general investigative research project and the field led workshops will expand the specific discipline. This will culminate in the masters project/dissertation.

    • Module code: BSOM080
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of approaches in business and systems analysis. A range of systems analysis appraoches are covered with an emphasis on Systems Thinking and Business/System Dynamics.
    • Module code: BSOM058
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with the capability to co-ordinate and carry out activities and processes relevant for the creation of IS strategies with a view to provide superior business performance. These strategies are then justified against several competing alternatives.
    • Module code: BSOM061
      Status: Compulsory
      This module provides a holistic overview of methods used in assessment analysis design and implementation of information systems. Learners will be able to gain a thorough understanding of business needs in this context and explore the topics associated with different IS methods and also the selection evaluation and comparison of appropriate methodologies and tools.
    • Module code: BSOM078
      Status: Compulsory
      Digital Twin technologies are revolutionary phenomena for developing an exact digital or cyber replica of a physical asset or a system. Within this module the learners will have the opportunity to investigate Digital Twin (DT) as an emerging technology Internet of Things (IoT) as an enabler and other related theories and practices.
    • Module code: BSOM071
      Status: Compulsory
      Fast moving dynamic development within organisations means that having a basic `toolkit? of modern and de facto project management techniques with an emphasis on applying these is a vital requirement for project management students. This module develops students? understanding of theoretical practices practical tools and techniques and equips them to face the challenges facing project managers today.
    • Module code: BSOM077
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to offer the opportunity to the learners to develop skills in completing an investigative research project. The students will use their project management skills their specialist skills gained in other modules and they will work towards successfully completing the capstone project of their masters degree.
    • Module code: BSOM079
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module to provide the opportunity to the learners to evaluate the underlying concepts in business intelligence and analytics decision sciences and Big Data. The students will also engage with the application of some data analytic techniques in given case studies.
  • What is the schedule for this course?

    Full Time Study: This course is only available for full-time study. The course duration will be one year, split into three semesters.

    September start:

    AUT (Trimester A):

    • BSOM061 – Information Systems Methods
    • BSOM080 – Applied Systems Analysis
    • BSOM058 – Strategic Management of IS

    SPR (Trimester B)

    • BSOM071 – Fundamentals of Project Management
    • BSOM079 – Business Intelligence
    • BSOM078 – Digital Twins and IoT

    Summer/SPR (Trimester C)

    • BSOM077 – Business Research Project

    What are the assessments for this course?

    The assessment methods used within the programme varies from a module to another. The main assessment methods used within the programme are Assignment (Report, Critical reflection/Journal, etc.), Essay, Presentation (Oral or Poster). However, some modules may expect to take tests, exams or hands-on activity. Students on the MSc programme will have to submit a dissertation as part of their Business Research Project Module.

    What is the award for this course?

    To be eligible for the award of MSc Business Analytics, you must successfully complete 120 credit modules and the 60-credit Dissertation.

    To be eligible for the award of PG Dip Business Analytics, you must successfully complete 120 credit modules.

    To be eligible for the award of PG Cert Business Analytics, you must complete the following three 20-credit modules: Applied Systems Analysis, Strategic Management of IS and Information System Methods.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    Some of the modules will offer external academic and industrial guest lectures. This will enable you to become familiar with the emerging technologies, research works and industrial trends in the wider environment. There will also be the opportunity to participate in external visits open to all our postgraduate taught students.

  • If you hold a recognised first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) you will be eligible to apply for this course. If you have relevant work experience and related professional qualifications you will also be considered on an individual basis.

    This course will be useful if you are a professional employed in business and/or technology sectors and wish to progress in your job by gaining a more specialist qualification. If you have a degree in Business, Management, Information Systems, or Information Technology related courses, you will be considered for entry to the programme. The course may also be very attractive to many international applicants.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    If you would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,425

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,300

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Whether you are an international, home or EU students, we offer a generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

    Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

    The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

Careers and Employability

This course will be suitable for recent graduates of Business, Management, Information Systems, Technology and/or Engineering related degrees. It will also be appropriate for professionals employed in business and/or technology sector who wish to progress in their current roles. Potential job titles once graduated will include (and will not be limited to) Business Analyst Manager, Data Science Manager, Business Design Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst, Senior Data Scientist, Project Manager, Business Intelligence Manager and Consultant in a related context.

Is this course for you?