Taught course

Business Analytics

Durham University · Department of Computer Science

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Entry requirements

As there is a high demand for this programme with a finite number of places available, we operate a staged admissions process with application deadlines throughout the year for MSc Business Analytics. Due to the competition for places we give preference to applicants from high ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

Application fee payment deadline

(applications must be submitted prior to this)

Offer deadline 15/11/2021 13/12/2021 24/01/2022 21/02/2022 21/03/2022 18/04/2022 23/05/2022 20/06/2022 11/07/2022 08/08/2022

NB Chinese Applicants: Applications will be considered from students who have graduated from a prestigious university in China. Entry requirements may vary depending upon the reputation of the university you have graduated from and the academic programme you have applied for. As a guide, applicants are expected to have achieved an overall average of 85%.

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. Check the full list of equivalent qualifications. If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Business Analytics course is intended to provide premium Masters-level education and training in relevant areas of contemporary business analytics in a supportive research-led interdisciplinary learning environment.

The broad aims are:

  • To develop advanced and systematic understanding of the complexity of data, including the sources of data relevant to business, alongside appropriate analysis techniques
  • To enable you to critically review and apply relevant business analytics knowledge to practical situations
  • To develop a critical awareness of current issues in business analytics which is informed by leading research and practice in the field

  • To develop a conceptual understanding of existing research and scholarship to enable the identification of new or revised approaches to business analytics practice
  • To develop creativity in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established, advanced techniques of research and enquiry are used to develop and interpret knowledge in business analytics
  • To develop the ability to conduct research into business analytics issues that requires familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies and ethical issues
  • To develop advanced conceptual abilities and analytical skills in order to evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations
  • To extend the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using a range of media.

Core modules - Terms 1 and 2:



Core modules - Term 3:

You will also complete a Business Analytics research project. Supervised by a faculty member with relevant experience, you’ll investigate in greater detail a subject that you’ve already studied as part of your course. This is an opportunity for you to develop your business insight and present your analysis and ideas in a scholarly and professional manner.

Adding to your Experience

International Experience – Silicon Valley Field Trip

In the third term, you will undertake the Silicon Valley Field Trip module, an integral element of the programme providing essential experiential learning.

Our strong international activities are an integral part of the programme and aim at providing you with the experiential learning needed to acquire an inside perspective of operating globally. That’s why we offer a range of opportunities to help you immerse yourself in a country’s business and academic environment, make new contacts and stand out in a competitive job market. Your field trip is comprised of visits to a series of data-intensive participating organisations in Silicon Valley to analyse them using a structured learning approach, where you will present your analysis to the representatives of the participating organisations. As such this activity provides an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the challenges of global business, network and make new contacts with key staff within organisations and to help you stand out in the competitive jobs market while having fun.

Covid-19: As the health and well-being of our students is our main priority opportunities to travel to international locations may not be able to happen. If further or continued government restrictions necessitate, we will deliver these important global learning experiences virtually.

Information for international students

Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.

Fees and funding

UK students
£32,500.00 per year
International students
£32,500.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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