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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Business Analytics and Management Sciences (part-time) (2 years)

Learn how to apply innovative methods and approaches to analyse complex business problems.

Introducing your degree

The programme is closely linked with three other MSc programmes; in Operational Research (OR), OR and Finance (ORF) and MSc Business Analytics and Finance. The two OR programmes are based in Mathematical Sciences. These four programmes all share options, a Business Advisory Board, a common project scheme and many other additional features, both academic and social.

The programme may be completed on either a full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months) basis. Part-time students take the taught modules over two nine-month periods and have six months to complete their dissertation. In the following, for simplicity we shall refer only to full-time mode.

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 MSc Business Analytics and Management Sciences requires students to take of modules worth 91.25 ECTS/182.5 CATS in total. The taught part of the programme consists of 61.25 ECTS/122.5 CATS points in total.

The taught part consists of compulsory modules worth 42.5 ECTS/85 CATS and option modules worth 18.75ECTS/37.5 CATS, of which some option module are restricted. The core module, MANG6095 Dissertation, is worth 30 ECTS/60 CATS. Modules denoted MANG are provided by the Business School, and those denoted MATH by the OR Group in Mathematical Sciences. The options are shared with the MSc programmes in OR and ORF as well as other masters programmes within the Business School. Due to timetabling restrictions, not all combinations of these options may be available in any given year.



Today's businesses are eagerly looking for people with analytical skills to be able to draw insights out of the huge volumes of data now available. The MSc Business Analytics and Management Sciences (BAMS) offers just such applicable skills. Furthermore, the programme has the special feature of summer projects, which may be undertaken in a wide variety of organisations, offering excellent career-building experiences.

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Programme Structure

There are a range of compulsory and optional modules on this MSc Business Analytics and Management Sciences. 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 data mining or project management.

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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 e.g. 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

Work experience in a related field can compensate for 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.

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Typical course content

You may choose Option modules totalling 37.5 CATS/18.75 ECTS.

Within your Option module selection you must choose either MANG6037 Systems Thinking or MANG6049 Problem Structuring and additional Option modules totalling 30 CATS/15 ECTS.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

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

Graduates of the MSc Business Analytics and Management Sciences have exciting career prospects in a wide variety of business and government organisations, typically in roles involving data analytics. Recent graduates are pursuing careers at BT, British Airways, Deloitte and Nationwide.

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