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Business Analytics 

The University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
26200 GBP/year
18200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Business Analytics programme from The University of Edinburgh will provide you with hands-on experience in applying these concepts and using these techniques, as well as most of the popular analytics software, and through your projects, including industry projects.

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Given the ever-increasing volume of data that businesses have access to today, there is a demand for employees who have computational and analytical skills and who can help inform business decisions to increase efficiency and ultimately build a competitive edge. The Business Analytics programme from The University of Edinburgh  has been developed with just that in mind and aims to train you to understand:

  • the variety of business environments
  • the importance and relevance of decision-making problems facing organisations
  • ways of solving these using a variety of techniques

What will I learn?

You will learn how to apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics of big data concepts and techniques to generate valuable insight that can assist with decision-making.

In sum, the programme aims to equip you with the skills required to interpret, conceptualise and convert Big Data into useful information, thus enabling you to make better informed decisions as future business managers.

Career opportunities

It is anticipated that the demand for data analytics employees will continue and indeed grow as analytics is viewed as a key competitive resource by many companies. If market forecasts are anything to go by then the worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow to more than $270 billion in 2022 (Source: IDC). This will inevitably lead to further growth of the market for employees in the area of data analytics.

The MSc in Business Analytics will offer students from a range of degree backgrounds the opportunity to equip themselves with an artillery of concepts, methods and applications of business analytics along with hands-on and practical experience in applying them to industry projects in different business settings. It is not just about being able to analyse and digest the data available but to then translate this into effective decision-making.

In sum, we expect the programme to open a range of career pathways in analytics for our graduates including:

  • business consultants
  • business analysts
  • business intelligence & analytics consultants
  • metrics & analytics specialists
  • analytics associates
  • data analysts
  • solution architects
  • business process analysts
  • management consulting associates
  • operational research consultants

Programme Structure

  • All students attend and complete four core courses in Semester 1 and four option courses in Semester 2. 
  • The programme concludes with a 60-credit Dissertation. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There are five application rounds.




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.
  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in an area related to management science, operational research, statistics, econometrics, mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, or business and management with a distinct quantitative content.
  • Your background should ideally include courses and/or experience gained in topics such as linear algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, and computer programming.
  • If you have a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in an unrelated subject we may consider your application if you have relevant work experience.
  • Work experience is desirable but not mandatory.
  • All students are recommended to have their own laptop for this programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26200 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18200 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


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