Imperial College London Business Analytics

By | 19th June 2017

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Imperial College London Business Analytics

      MSc Business Analytics is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares graduates for a future of data and evidence-based decision making. You will learn from leading practitioners and world-class faculty how to apply the latest academic thinking and analytical and computing tools to help make business decisions.

Although grounded in highly rigorous technical and quantitative training, this Master’s is focussed on the practical side of business analytics. Spring and summer term electives are sector-focussed, giving you the opportunity to tailor the programme to your interests.

Expert consultants from our Careers and Professional Development Service will offer you the very best support, advice and guidance that is tailored to your own specific career needs. You will have access to highly relevant and unlimited one-to-one support, as well as regular workshops and networking opportunities.

Being in London, you’ll be at the heart of one of the world’s leading cultural, business and financial centres.

A comprehensive programme that combines academic rigour and practical relevance

MSc Business Analytics trains you to understand the context, importance and relevance of the problems facing a business and solve them using a variety of statistical, operations research and machine learning techniques. The overriding objective of the programme is to train students to solve business problems and obtain actionable business insight using analytics.

There is a careful balance of teaching and hands-on programming exercises, individual and group work and regular seminars by external expert speakers. Case study methodology and class-based discussions are used to strengthen the conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills of the participants in real situations. There is a strong emphasis placed on programming in order to give you the skills needed for the business world.

Pre-study modules »
These online modules will give you basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

Core modules »
Develop your analytical skills with core modules covering topics such as Network Analytics, Very Large Data Management and Visualisation.

Electives »
Customise your degree to meet your personal career ambitions by completing six electives.

Summer project »
Choose between a Capstone Business Analytics Consulting Project, work placement or Individual Research Project, before completing your studies with the Business Analytics Report.


Imperial College London Business Analytics

Academic requirement

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
  • Economics
  • Business
  • A quantitative social science

Prerequisite knowledge requirements

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

GMAT is not required for MSc Business Analytics, but a well-balanced GMAT result with 650 or higher overall and a good result in the quantitative reasoning section will add weight to you application.

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.

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

An understanding of the sector you intend to work in and well-researched short and long term career goals should be demonstrated through your answers to the Career Planning Questions in the application form.

Work experience is not a requirement, although undertaking relevant internships and work placements and listing them in the ‘Industrial/Professional Experience’ section of your application form will add weight to your application. If you are currently in employment we will expect you to demonstrate how undertaking the MSc Business Analytics programme will help develop your career.

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.

Most applicants meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements
  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country AND successful performance in an English language interview, conducted by the Business School’s English language instructor, which would be arranged if you receive an offer.