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MSc Business Analytics

Start date
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

For 2024-2025:
£16,290 (UK)
£29,340 (International)

MSc Business Analytics at Birmingham

Launch your global career as a business analyst by solving real-life problems for organisations across the world.

In a world that is constantly going through a digital transformation, data technology has never been so important. Businesses across the globe are seeking graduates who have an understanding of business, data analytic skills and, crucially, the ability to communicate these insights to make informed business decisions.  

Our MSc Business Analytics programme will allow you to gain an understanding of the theory and practice behind business analytics, giving you the essential skills that employers are looking for.  

Who is this course for?

Our MSc Business Analytics programme is suited to those from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in conducting detailed data analysis and translating these insights to resolve practical business issues for a variety of different organisations from start-ups to global companies.  

This programme is for those who already have experience relevant to business analytics or data science, those who would like to gain a qualification in this area, or those who would like to change careers to data analytics or the data science sector. 

Why study this course at Birmingham?

  • Through our Business Analytics Capstone Project, you will gain the opportunity to gain relevant work experience through undertaking a group project which will involve analysing a set of data and delivering a presentation to communicate your findings.  
  • There will also be an opportunity for you to tailor the programme towards your interests with the Business Analytics micro-courses. In this 20-credit module, you will be able to choose extra-curricular business analytics content to be brought to your curriculum.
  • Birmingham Business School is part of an elite group of global business schools that holds the Triple-Crown accreditation from leading bodies AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. 
  • The ability to analyse data sets and communicate these insights is a skill that is highly in demand by companies across the globe who are looking to get ahead of their competitors by using the latest data to make significant changes.
  • Birmingham has the largest city economy outside of London with key links to global companies, giving you the opportunity to network with a variety of different organisations.

Discover our unique scholarship offers

Students walking on University campusAt Birmingham Business School we offer a wide variety of scholarships for our new MSc students in 2024.

These awards are available to both UK and international applicants and range in value from partial to full tuition fee support.

Find out more about our scholarship offers


Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.

Core modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees for 2024 - 2025

  • £16,290
  • £29,340

Please note that you will be required to pay a £50 non-refundable application fee for all of the above courses.

  • For further information on programme fees and information please visit our Fees and Financing page.


Additional Course Costs

  • In addition to the Tuition Fees you will need to consider accommodation, living expenses and daily costs. You can find financial advice and support on our Finance pages, or use the below links to find further information.
  • For an estimate of living costs for a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham, see our Living Costs pages.
  • For information on our accommodation and services, including the support we offer to students wanting to rent privately, please visit the Accommodation pages.

Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

How To Apply

30 June 2024 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 30 August 2024.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or overseas equivalent).

Applicants must also have achieved a mark equivalent to a 2:2 at undergraduate level in Mathematics or Mathematics related modules such as Business Mathematics, Statistics or similar. If necessary we will assess the academic transcript for performance in Mathematics and Mathematics related modules. Alternatively A minimum of GCE A-Level grade B (or overseas equivalent) in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics or Statistics may be considered to meet the quantitative requirement. 

Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.


International Requirements

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply 6.5 IELTS (no less than 6.0 in any band)

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less that 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

English Presessional Programmes 

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. Find out more 

Gain experience using industry standard software tools 

Through our MSc Business Analytics programme, you will receive practical and live demonstrations of software tools, such as Python and Tableau, that are used in the industry to look at real-world problems. 

A high-class learning environment

Students outside the Alan Walters BuildingAs a postgraduate student, you will have access to our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, dedicated computer clusters and seminar rooms as well as communal areas for studying and group work, which look out over the University's ambitious Green Heart development, which was completed in 2019.

This programme will allow you to tackle real-world challenges, using data analysis to evaluate the success of previous business projects as well as forecast future decisions. This a skillset that is highly in demand by businesses that are looking for ways to become more efficient and increase growth. Our MSc Business Analytics programme will also be extremely useful for those who run their own organisations, allowing you to gain an overview of the datasets available and what this means for your business. 

Our graduates go on to have careers in the following roles: 

  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analysis
  • Technology Consultant
  • Consumer Insights Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Supply Chain Planner
  • Supply Chain/Logistics Analyst 

BBS Careers and Careers Network

As a Birmingham Business School student, you will benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.  

Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.   

BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni and employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship and graduate applications.  

BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.  

We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for postgraduate end-of-study internship, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation.  

Visit the BBS website for more details