University of Edinburgh Business School

University of Edinburgh

Business Analytics

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 inform business decisions to increase efficiency. Our Masters in Business Analytics has been developed with just that in mind and our aim is to teach students how to apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics of big data concepts and techniques to generate valuable insight that can assist with decision making.

Recent market forecasts suggest that the Big Data technology and services market will grow to an expected value of $41.5 billion by 2018 which is about 6 times the growth rate of the overall information technology market (Source: IDC). It is anticipated that demand for data analytics employees will therefore also continue. On this Masters course you will have the opportunity to equip yourself with an artillery of concepts, methods and applications of business analytics and gain further hands-on and practical experience when applying these to industry projects in different business settings. It is anticipated that graduates from this programme will enter roles such as Business Consultants, Business Analysts, and Solution Architects amongst others.

Entry requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. For more information on entry requirements, please visit

Course modules

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and then select four option courses in the second term (Jan-May). The final dissertation will be written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor.

  • Principles of Data Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics and Modelling of Data
  • Prescriptive Analytics with Mathematical Programming
  • Business Analytics with Heuristics
  • Performance Analytics with DEA
  • Media and Web Analytics
  • Industrial Analytics
  • Business Analytics with Simulation
  • Inventory Analytics
  • Supply Chain Analytics with Games
  • Dissertation


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full time £ 14,500 per Whole course (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full time £ 21,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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