Business Analytics (MSc)

The MSc in Business Analytics prepares recent graduates and early career professionals to understand the context, importance and relevance of big data problems facing a business and how to solve them using a variety of statistical, operation research and machine learning techniques.

Combining academic rigour and practical relevance, students will learn from leading practitioners and a world class faculty how to apply the latest academic thinking and analytical and computing tools to help make business decisions. There will be a careful balance of teaching, hands-on coursework and training in data analysis and business intelligence tools, plus regular seminars by external expert speakers.

Imperial is recognised as a world leader in the study and analysis of data and the Business School is home to the KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics.


We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation from Association of MBAs (AMBA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Pre-study modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Accounting Primer
  • Finance Primer
  • Pre-Programme Maths

Core modules

  • Analytics in Business
  • Career and Professional Development Workshops
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Fundamentals of Database Technologies
  • Machine Learning
  • Maths and Statistics Foundations for Analysis
  • Network Analytics
  • Optimisation and Decision Models
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Visualisation

Optional modules

You choose five modules from below.

  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Big Data in Finance
  • Data Management and Ethics
  • Digital Economics and Digital Strategy
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Energy Economics and Strategy
  • Global Strategy
  • Healthcare and Medical Analytics
  • Logistics and Supply-Chain Analytics
  • Management Challenges of Healthcare Organisations
  • Managing Change and Innovation in Healthcare
  • Retail and Marketing Analytics
  • Workforce Analytics

Report module

You choose one of the combinations below.

  • Capstone Business Analytics Project and Business Analytics Report
  • Individual Research Report
  • Work Placement and Business Analytics Report


  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops


  • Case Studies
  • Formal Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Tests Essays
  • Reports
  • Written Examinations

Staff expertise

The Imperial College Business School has over 60 academics, 10 teaching fellows and 20 researchers supporting teaching and research across the School.

Minimum academic requirement

You are normally expected to achieve a UK Bachelor’s Degree at 2:1 or equivalent in Business, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or a quantitative social science.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Home and EU students

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Islands and overseas students

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Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master’s Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don’t have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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