Course Description

MSc in Business Analytics

Course Outline

Our MSc Business Analytics programme is offered by the Cork University Business School at UCC. It provides students with a portfolio of business and analytical methods for solving problems and supporting decision making.

This 12 month intensive programme will provide students with a specialism in business analytics as well as an extensive knowledge of business and information systems.

At the core of this programme is a selection of topics covering cloud technologies, business intelligence and business analytics, IT performance management, data management and  IT project management.  A research project allows you to explore and develop an IT solution to a specific business problem in an area specific to the Business Information and Analytics area.

Programme content

Students take taught modules and a group project (IS6611) to the value of 90 credits as follows:

Part I (60 credits)

  • EC6011 Business Forecasting (5 credits)
  • IS6017  Enterprise Business Processes and Applications (5 credits)
  • IS6025  Design Thinking for Business Analytics (5 credits)
  • IS6051  Business Data Analysis and Visualisation (5 credits)
  • IS6052  Predictive Analytics (5 credits)
  • IS6055  Prescriptive Analytics (5 credits)
  • IS6058  Emerging Topics in Business Analytics (5 credits)
  • IS6061  Python for Business Analytics (5 credits)
  • IS6070  The Application of Business Analytics in Practice (15 credits)
  • IS6071  Business Analytics for Sustainability (5 credits)

Part II (30 credits)

  • IS6611: Applied Research in Business Analytics (30 credits)

We have provided core modules that expose you to the technical skills and techniques needed by organisations to explore organisational issues and support decision-making within a business context. These skills are essential in any organisation where IT is integral to the success of the business.

A group research project facilitates students in the practical application of the Information Systems and Business analytical skills that are acquired during the programme.

CollegeCork University Business School (CUBS), UCC
Course LocationCork
Course CategoryData Analytics, IT & Computers
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyUCC
Awarding Body DetailsMSc
Course Start Date9th September 2024
Course End Date31st August 2025
Course Duration12 Months
Course TimeThe course normally requires attendance to 16 lecture hours per week, with 2 hours of lab work per week. Group project work continues to early July at the latest, concluding the formal course content. However, students may be required to complete an individual essay in their own time up until the end of July/early August. We use a hybrid approach to assessment for this programme. Assessment methods include formal written exams, essays, group and individual project work, and some lab practical work. Some modules are 100% continuous assessment and most modules have a minimum of 40% continuous assessment. During the programme students will work both individually and in groups. A strong emphasis is placed on the oral presentation of work. The course is taught by academic staff from the Cork University Business School and are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading IT organisations, major banks, and research agencies. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in or leadership of research centres in UCC and publish regularly in international peer-reviewed IT/IS and business journals.
Course Fee10,640
Entry RequirementsApplicants must have a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8). The qualification must include an element of quantitative techniques, for example, graduates of Business Studies, Engineering, Computer Science, other Sciences, Mathematics, or other disciplines that have some quantitative content. Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may also be given to applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements but who have 3 years of professional experience in industry.  To demonstrate 3 years of professional experience in industry, applicants will need to provide a detailed job specification of their role(s) and an interview may also be required.
Carear PathThis MSc Business Analytics programme is designed to provide you with the skillset to be successful in such roles as Business Analyst and Project Manager – two of the most highly sought-after positions in the Information Systems/Information Technology sector. Organisations today need people who know how to manage and store data that helps them make better business decisions, compared to years ago when businesses didn't have data management at their fingertips to review and analyse to help them drive the business forward. What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Business Analytics? Consultancy firms, financial services firms, manufacturing, and services organisations all require graduates who are data-savvy and who can analyse data and draw conclusions. The MSc Business Analytics will focus on the development of these skill sets. Typical roles include business analyst, business analytics specialist, data specialist, consultant, project manager, operations research, and IT manager.
Course CodeMSCBA
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Cork University Business School Room 2.37, Block B, O’Rahilly Building, College Road, University College Cork,, Cork, Republic of Ireland

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