Taught course

MSc Business Analytics: Online, Part-Time

Imperial College London · Imperial College Business School

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for MSc Business Analytics are as follows:

Academic requirement

To apply for MSc Business Analytics you should have a First or Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised university or the international equivalent in a quantitative discipline such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • A quantitative economics degree

We may consider candidates applying to MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) with non-traditional qualifications and backgrounds, on the basis of highly relevant work experience or demonstrated interest. If you come from a less quantitative degree background we advise you to take the GMAT or GRE test to demonstrate your quantitative ability.

Prerequisite knowledge requirements

Your quantitative experience should typically include topics such as advanced calculus, probability, statistics and linear algebra.

Complete our online Maths test to determine if you are suitable to apply for the programme.

GMAT or GRE is not required for MSc Business Analytics, but a well-balanced GMAT or GRE result on the 90th percentile or higher overall and a good result in the quantitative reasoning section will add weight to your application.

Quantitative Experience Statement

You should use the Quantitative Experience Statement on the application form to list the most advanced quantitative courses that you have taken in your academic career to date and to provide brief examples of the relevant topics covered by the programme. Alternatively, if you have gained quantitative experience through work experience, please describe this in the Quantitative Experience Statement.

MSc Business Analytics includes modules where you will be using programming languages such as SQL, R, and Python, so previous experience of using these or an interest in coding and programming will add weight to your application.

Career planning questions

You have the opportunity to demonstrate your career plan through the Career Planning Questions on the application form, and this is an extremely important aspect of your application.

All candidates, regardless of your level of previous work experience are expected to provide evidence of your research into the professional areas, roles and potential employers that you are considering pursuing after you graduate – as well as the challenges you may face in your career and the skills you possess to help you succeed.

In the career planning questions you will need to show you have thought about the type of employer you want to work for immediately after graduating and have researched your target organisation(s) and role. You will also need to answer the following questions to demonstrate awareness of what is required and the steps you will take to prepare for your chosen career.

1. How will your chosen programme help you reach your career goal?

2. Do you see any barriers that you may need to overcome to reach this goal (personally, professionally, or academically)?

3. What gaps in your skillset will you need to develop to prepare for this career?

Internships and work experience

Prospective students are strongly recommended to undertake relevant internships and work placements and list them in the ‘Industrial/Professional Experience’ section of the application form and your CV, as this will add weight to your application. If you are committed to a career in the finance sector, we expect to see evidence of how you’ve been building your professional experience and knowledge throughout your undergraduate degree.

English language requirement

All programmes at Imperial College Business School are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your MSc and in your future career. The English language entry requirements listed here are the minimum scores needed for admission, successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

Candidates who are required to take an English test to meet the language requirement are strongly encouraged to take this before applying and supply their scores as part of the online application. A strong result in an approved English language test will add weight to your application.

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page.

The most common ways that applicants meet the requirements are:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements. The IELTS indicator test will be accepted for admissions to the 2023/24 academic year.
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements. The ETS at Home test will be accepted for admission to the 2023/24 academic year.
  • Duolingo English Test: 125 Overall with no less than 115 in any band score.
  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country AND English language assessed to be proficient via Kira Talent video interview.


  • IELTS, TOEFL and Duolingo scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.
  • TOEFL: You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.
  • All English-speaking countries as defined by the College can be found here. Holders of degrees from any other countries would not be considered for an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Imperial's Master's in Business Analytics

Drive business transformation through data-driven decision making. MSc Business Analytics, ranked #5 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023, will equip you with the skills you need to become a leader in data analytics.
A practically-focused programme equipping you with in-demand data analytics skills. Our online, part-time MSc Business Analytics is modelled on our full-time on-campus programme with greater flexibility and managerial course options designed specifically for online students. You can choose to complete the programme in two to three years* depending on your work schedule and learning pace, graduating with the same degree as on-campus students.
This programme is designed for professionals with no programming or prior analytics experience; however some quantitative experience or background is required for admission.
Guided by world-class faculty and leading practitioners in this in-demand field, you'll receive rigorous technical and quantitative training, as well as opportunities to apply your learning in a practical setting. Prepare for your future driving business transformation through data.

*Subject to College approval

Online delivery
We have carefully designed this programme for online delivery via The Hub, our bespoke learning environment, ensuring students receive a high-quality and supportive experience which is comparable to our on-campus programmes.
You will be assessed through online exams, individual coursework and group work. Case studies and group activities will be used to strengthen your conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Is MSc Business Analytics right for me?
We are looking for candidates from quantitative degree backgrounds with:
  • Good communication, problem-solving and team working skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • The ability to articulate complex information in a straightforward manner

Suitable for working professionals from quantitative or managerial backgrounds who want to study while continuing their careers. Students will initially need to register for the ‘standard’ two-year programme with the opportunity to extend their programme duration to three years depending on your preference.*

*Subject to College approval

Information for international students

The application process, entry requirements and fees for MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) are the same for both UK and international students.

As the programme is designed for online delivery you do not need to obtain a visa to study in the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Invest in yourself on the MSc Business Analytics programme

We know that choosing to pursue a Master's is one of the most important decisions you will make and is a substantial investment in yourself.
The fees for MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) are the same for both UK and international students.
Fees: £34,400

Financing your Master's
We know that choosing to pursue an MSc is one of the most important decisions you will make and is a substantial investment in yourself. Discover ways in which you can finance your programme.

We are pleased to offer significant scholarship funding to our most talented applicants for academic excellence, entrepreneurship, social impact and more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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