The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Business Analytics and Finance (1 year)

Discover how to use the latest modelling techniques to understand financial processes.

Introducing your degree

A flexible and inclusive approach to learning and teaching will enable any student who meets the entry requirements to access the curriculum and demonstrate achievement of all the intended learning outcomes. This approach should minimise the need for individual alternations to be made for disabled students; however, where reasonable, individual adjustments are likely to be needed this should be specified.

The first nine months of the programme are in ‘taught’ mode. This period is divided into two 14-week semesters, each followed by examinations. In the following description, the term “module” is taken to mean a discrete component of the programme with its own learning outcomes and assessment requirements. All modules are at Master’s level.

The taught part of the programme consists of modules worth 60 ECTS points (120 CATS points) in total. The Business School provides all the compulsory modules, worth 45 ECTS points (90 CATS) in total. As for the optional modules, those with a MANG code are provided by the Business School, and those with a MATH code are by the Operational Research Group in Mathematical Sciences. The options are shared with the MSc in Operational Research and Finance, as well as other Master’s programmes within the Business School. Due to timetabling restrictions, not all combinations of these options may be available in any given year.

There is a potential exit at the end of the taught part of the programme. Students who achieve a pass at PG Diploma level, and do not wish to undertake a dissertation, can exit at this point with the qualification PG Diploma in Business Analytics and Finance.

On successful completion of the taught part of the programme, a dissertation worth 30 ECTS points (60 CATS points) is undertaken during the final three months of the programme. The majority of these projects are set up with an outside organisation, and they play a pivotal role in the programme. The project scheme is based on the concept of bringing together the taught elements to tackle a problem of genuine concern to the participating business or industrial organisation. The projects are carefully vetted and agreed by the Business School’s Industrial Liaison Officer and the Programme Leader before being presented to you.



As the last few years have shown, making good decisions in finance and banking is critical to the well-being of the global economy. The MSc Business Analytics and Finance provides learning in modelling techniques of business analytics which aid decision making, along with an understanding of how modelling techniques are used in finance and banking. A special feature of the programme is the summer project, which may be undertaken with a business or other external organisation, offering excellent career-building experience.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

There are a range of compulsory and optional modules on this MSc Business Analytics and Finance. Compulsory modules provide a balanced grounding in the skills of these disciplines. Optional modules provide opportunities to broaden understanding or to specialise in specific areas, such as risk management or forecasting.

Programme Leader

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent.

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Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study eg accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. Other subjects considered if quantitative ability demonstrated at A levels.

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Professional qualifications such as ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualifications can compensate for unrelated degree subject. Work experience in finance is not a requirement but can compensate for unrelated degree subject/grades.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken. All Option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

MSc Business Analytics and Finance graduates have exciting career prospects in a wide variety of financial, business and government organisations. Recent graduates, for example, are pursuing careers in the Bank of England, Home Credit China and the National Health Service.

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