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MSc Business Analytics — Remi Osokoya

Remi is studying MSc Business Analytics at the University of Kent in preparation for a career in management consultancy

Why did you choose this institution and course?

I didn't feel like I was done with academia when I finished my undergraduate degree, and wanted to improve my career prospects. Having previously completed a placement year at IBM, I became really interested in consultancy and analysing data into meaningful information.

I wanted to continue studying at the University of Kent as its MSc Business Analytics course was everything I was looking for. I also wanted to take advantage of the university's resources.

What does the course involve?

The programme consists of seven compulsory modules and three optional modules, which are assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments and end-of-year exams. The compulsory modules are:

  • Advanced Spreadsheets and Decision Support Systems
  • Business Statistics and Database Management
  • Consultancy and Research Skills
  • Data Mining and Forecasting
  • Decision Modelling
  • Performance Management and Soft System Methodology
  • Simulation and Heuristic Optimisation

Once these modules are completed, I'll then work full-time on my dissertation.

What is the course teaching you that your first degree did not?

The most critical thing I'm learning now is current issues within business analytics, which is informed by leading research and practice in the field.

The course is enhancing my first degree by offering me theoretical and practical exposure to problem-solving techniques for effective decision-making in a range of complex strategic, operational and managerial situations. It has also enabled me to improve my skills in Microsoft Excel, SQL and IBM ILOG CPLEX.

Postgraduate life is definitely a step up from undergraduate. I spend a lot more time in the library, because I've specialised in an area I find really interesting and enjoyable.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I'm planning on going into management consultancy, as I'll be able to use my problem-solving skills to unravel business issues and make recommendations.

Potential areas of work include strategy consultancy, business strategy consultancy, and advanced analytics and optimization consultancy. Regardless, my MSc will help me to stand out from the crowd as it is providing me with specialist knowledge that I'll be able to apply in the workplace.

What advice would you give to those considering postgraduate study?

Choose a subject you know you're really going to enjoy. An MSc should always enhance your career prospects, so keep your end goal in mind.

The institution you're studying at is also really important; attend open days to meet lecturers, and make sure you're comfortable with the facilities and environment. One of the things that really attracted me to Kent Business School was having everything I needed on campus, but the historic city of Canterbury just a stones-throw away.

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