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Business Analytics

The MSc in Business Analytics is designed to give participants knowledge of and experience with current quantitative analysis techniques. We'll teach you how to implement these quantitative techniques in a business problem-solving and project management environment.

This programme is suitable for graduates from technical disciplines such as, engineering, computer science and mathematics with a talent for and interest in finding mathematical or computer solutions to business problems. It is also suitable for business graduates who have studied Management Information Systems (MIS) subjects. The student profile also includes people with practical experience, who often use the programme to redirect their career.

The mix of full and part-time students from different backgrounds, working together on projects, makes the interaction between students an important and worthwhile part of the learning experience.

The two-year part-time option is taught twice-weekly. For students entering in September 2017, it will run during the daytime (this is a change from previous years).

What will I learn?
This technically-oriented course hones quantitative and computer techniques in its students to assist them in exploring management issues and supporting decision-making within a business context.

1. Exposure to and practice of the latest cutting-edge quantitative analysis techniques used within this specific branch of applied mathematics

2. Development of the necessary computer software skills and an understanding of the theory and practice of applied information systems, as required in consultancy and business

3. The ability to develop new software solutions and implement mathematical and quantitative techniques in order to make effective business decisions and boost performance

How will I benefit?
Students will not only be provided with the vital business analysis tools but also be given the chance to apply them by engaging with leading companies over the duration of the course, raising their employability in the eyes of recruiters

• Access to current research into all aspects of decision and management science, including Project Management, Simulation, Multi-criteria Decision Making and Spatial Decision Support Systems

• A thorough grounding in a science employed within a wide range of organisations and industries, including banks, management consultancies, the public sector and the engineering industry

• Successful completion of the course has seen many graduates go on to work for such companies as Accenture, Goldman Sachs, IBM and Intel.

Course features
Class Profile – available in full-time and part-time formats, the course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds including; Information Systems, Engineering, Maths, Economics, Science and Computing. These include people with prior practical experience looking to further or redirect their career. To download the course overview presentation click here MSc in Business Analytics Presentation‌

Real management experience - MSc Business Analytics students get the opportunity to work on real management problems with Irish companies as part of their project.

Prizes and scholarships - the SAS Ireland sponsored Perry Bursary prize is awarded to the top student on the programme.

Entry requirements

A minimum second class honours primary degree (or equivalent) which includes quantitative techniques and somecomputer programming element. For example graduates of Engineering, Computer Science, other Sciences, Business studies (with MIS-Management Information Systems subjects), Maths or other quantitative courses who have already studied some computer programming content.

A student may be asked to undertake the GMAT or GRE at the Director's discretion.

Two completed academic reference forms from referees who can assess your maturity, motivation and intellectual ability. Part-time students can provide employer references. MSc Business Analytics Reference Form

(Note that graduates of UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business are not required to submit the reference form).

English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

An academic transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertake your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution. If this document is not in English you should arrange to have it translated.

Visa Requirements
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Regardless, all non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the GNIB.


1 year Full-time B154
2 years months Part-time B156

Careers or further progression

Where can I go?
Graduates of the MSc in Business Analytics go into analytics consultancy, data science, software/web/IT, customer analytics, finance, operations research, logistics, and more generally into analytics roles in a wide variety of industries.

Data scientist
Business analyst
Analytics consultant
Financial analyst
Product manager
Market data analyst
Supply chain analyst
Software engineer

Where can I go?
View listings of employers on course webpage - link below.

Further enquiries

Smurfit Admissions
01 716 8885 / 8058 / 4302

Subjects taught

Students complete 6 core modules, including a 15-credit Capstone during the summer, and 5 option modules. Some options may be assigned at admission time based on students' previous studies. Options listed below are indicative and are offered subject to faculty availability.


Semester 1 2 Core and 2 Option Modules

Semester 2 2 Core and 2 Option Modules

Semester 3 2 Core and 1 Option Module

Core Modules
Introduction to Business Analytics
Optimisation in Business
Data Mining
Consulting, Change and Project Management
Hot Topics in Analytics

Optional Modules
Statistics and Simulation Methods
Programming for Analytics
Data Management
Advanced Operations Research
Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics
Smart Systems
Statistical Learning
Decision Behavioural Analytics

Summer Term
Option Modules

Students follow one of two pathways (depending on their preference and their academic performance on previous modules, with final decision made by faculty):
• Dissertation (a large 25-credit analytics project with a significant academic contribution), OR
• Practicum (a large 15-credit analytics project with a more practical contribution) AND a 10-credit taught module such as Natural Computing & Applications.

The module Analytics Research & Implementation comprises a number of sessions held over semesters 1 and 2, with associated assessment items:

Semester 1:
• Introductory Seminar on Modelling – normally a 2 hour seminar taking place during an evening on week 1.
• Java Programming Refresher Course – two full day course normally taking place on the first and second Friday of term. These classes are provided to aid people who may not already have the Java skills so the classes can be considered optional. These classes also briefly cover program testing, RDBs and SQL.
• A Java programming exam is part of the assessment for the Analytics Research & Implementation module. This is compulsory for all students and is scheduled later in the first semester.

Semester 2:
• A series of seminars on developing and structuring an MScBA dissertation, the nature of research, carrying out research and writing up the dissertation.
• This section of the module is assessed by (a) a literature review assignment and (b) a project proposal presentation.

Assessment method

You will be assessed by examination and continuous assessment, including individual and group assessments, presentations, reading assignments, and computer programming. Exams take place at the end of semesters 1 and 2.

In the summer term, the project (either dissertation or practicum) involves full-time work on a real analytics problem, generally with an Irish company. It is generally mathematically complex with a computer-programming element.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting September 2018

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