Taught course

Business Analytics

Institution
Coventry University · Faculty of Business and Law
Qualifications
MSc

Visit the institution website for COVID‑19 updates

Entry requirements

A second class honours (minimum 2:2 or higher) in either; business, finance, economics, management science, logistics, engineering, computing or mathematics.

Applicants from other degrees may be considered on a case-by-case basis provided they can show strong quantitative ability. Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course responds to the current growing demand and significant shortage of highly-trained analysts capable of interpreting data to find new patterns and relationships, informing business decisions accordingly so as to drive growth and successful business performance. You will have the opportunity to learn to generate value from large data sets, or Big Data, which cannot be analysed using traditional techniques.

If you have an undergraduate degree in business and good numerical skills, this course should support you in developing quantitative and data mining skills to solve business problems by analysing data and converting that information into useful insights. With a focus on applying theory to practical situations through case studies and projects from industry, this course will also give you opportunities to gain hands-on experience of up-to-date technology including SPSS and NVivo, with access to multiple data resources, including ProQuest and Mintel.

The course has been specifically designed to give a structured understanding of business analytics and the practical tools which can drive business advantage. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to analyse business data and solve business problems analytically.

We start by providing an overview of big data and business analytics and its context in a business environment where data is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable assets. We will introduce you to the historical context and growth of big data, as well as the characteristics defining big data. We also encourage you to consider the social, ethical and legal implications of handling, storing and using all manner of datasets.

We then focus on the underpinning analytical techniques and tools used to analyse and interpret data, forecast future trends, automate and streamline decisions and optimise courses of action. This should include statistical analysis, data mining, forecasting and regression, optimisation, simulation and spreadsheet modelling. You should also gain a deeper understanding of the value and benefits of different analytical techniques for advanced decision-making and how they can be used to identify patterns, relationships, associations, factors and clusters.

Finally, we consider how to apply analytical methods and techniques to specific business functions, such as an organisation’s marketing function, value chain and financial planning. For example, we will consider how to assess financial performance and economic conditions of a business, identifying relevant costs for short-term and long-term decision-making.

Information for international students

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Fees and funding

UK students
£14,550 (per year)
International students
£18,250 (per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Business and Law
Email
reception.fbl@coventry.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 24 7765 8410