About this course
Develop your skills in business analysis and learn how to gain insights from data in MSc Business Analytics and Management Science.
Compete for an industry placement as part of your dissertation project for the chance to get valuable experience.
This UK master’s degree will equip you for a career in data analysis to improve performance and solve in-house problems for organisations.
This business analytics master’s with management science is suited to students with a background in quantitative study or work experience in this area. The course will help you to specialise in further study, advance in your current professional role or change your career path.
Organisations are looking for people with analytical skills and an ability to form insights from data, to improve performance and grow business intelligence. We’ve designed our MSc in business analysis and strategic management to equip you with the core skills through taught theory and practical application to prepare you for your future career.
We teach in partnership with the Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), one of the country’s strongest analytics research groups.
As part of CORMSIS your learning is informed by specialist research and you’ll have access to a wider module choice in business and maths topics. This gives you a chance to customise your postgraduate experience.
You’ll have the opportunity to compete for a 3-month analytics summer project with an organisation, such as British Telecommunications, Deloitte or Ford, for your dissertation project. This competitive industry placement will boost your career prospects as you take on a real-world challenge and make a strong connection with the business. You’ll receive career support before and during your project to maximise the placement opportunity.
MSc Business Analytics and Management Science is taught by supportive lecturers who bring learning to life through case studies, active discussions and practical exercises. The course content is informed by the latest industry practice, ensuring you learn skills relevant to the current job market.
Your course leader is Dr Bhakti Onggo, associate professor of business analytics. Bhakti is a member of CORMSIS and the Department of Decision Analytics and Risk. His research interests are in business analytics using simulation, particularly in simulation modelling methodology. Visit Dr Onggo’s staff profile to find out more about her work.
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Why I chose Southampton
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree that demonstrates quantitative study, in a subject like:
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English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time master’s course. You’ll study for 12 months, from September to the following September. In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll study the taught part of your course. This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
Optional modules give you the chance to specialise in specific areas, such as data mining and project management.
During semester 2 you’ll begin preparing for your dissertation.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. As part of this, you’ll have an opportunity to compete for a 3-month summer placement in an external organisation. There are 50 spaces per year, across a wide range of organisations and projects based in China.
The part-time version of this master’s degree is taught over two years, splitting taught modules and your dissertation project over 24 months.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll develop essential practical skills through lectures, seminars and discussions. By reviewing case studies, taking part in group work, individual reading and completing coursework, you’ll be able to evaluate problems and put learned skills into practice.
You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of IT skills through lectures and computer workshops, as well as coursework.
Speakers from different organisations will visit to provide insight into how business analytics and management science are used in their business.
You’ll attend workshops led by companies covering a specific topic relevant to your career, such as report writing. Sessions will also feature skills required for the summer project placements so you are prepared to apply.
Assessment methods vary between modules, with many including:
- group assignments
- a dissertation project
Formal examinations take place in January and May and June.
For your dissertation project, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a place to work directly with an organisation for 3 months. You’ll apply your learning to a supply chain or logistics management business challenge. At the end, you’ll present your findings to the organisation and write them up for your dissertation.
You can also opt to complete an internal dissertation research project on campus. With this option you'll work closely with your supervisor and on a practical piece of work.
You’ll have access to learning and welfare services offered by the Business School and the University. Your personal academic tutor (PAT) will offer ongoing support throughout your studies. In addition, a team of industry liaison officers will be able to answer your questions about the summer project.
Graduates have exciting career prospects in a wide variety of business and government organisations, typically in roles involving data analytics.
Recent graduates are now working at organisations including:
- British Telecommunications (BT)
- British Airways
You’ll be able to increase your professional networks further by taking advantage of an annual analytics recruitment fair run by CORMSIS, where you can meet a wide range of employers.
You'll also have the opportunity to have one-to-one career development sessions with experienced professionals from our industry partner organisations.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
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Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000