Course Overview

The SAP accredited MSc. in Business Analytics provides students with the skills and knowledge to manage and develop business analytics within organisations. The programme is designed as a specialist course, which assists students in blending their existing talents with the technological skills and business knowledge needed to use and manage big data and business analytics in modern knowledge-based organisations.

The programme is a taught Masters programme and consists of lectures, workshops, guest lectures from industry experts, and hands-on technology tutorials. Modules are assessed via continuous assessment, written assignments, applied projects and written examinations.

Business Analytics Class 2017/18

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Quick Facts - Class of 2017/18

Quick Facts



Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December.

Semester Two exams: April/ May.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include projects, reports, presentations, and case studies.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a qualification from a university or other internationally recognised academic institution or authority, corresponding to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), to a minimum standard of Second Class Honours (or equivalent). The qualification must include an element of quantitative techniques, for example, graduates of Business Studies, Engineering, Computer Science, other Sciences, Mathematics or other courses that have some quantitative content.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting





PAC code


Course Outline

The MSc. Business Analytics consists of 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). All modules are worth 5 ECTS, with the exception of MS5109 Business Intelligence with SAP Business (10 ECTS) and MS5103 Business Analytics Project (20 ECTs).

Semester I

  • MS805: Database Systems

  • MS806: Business Applications Programming
  • MS5104: Decision Theory & Analysis

  • MS5105: Statistical Techniques for Business Analytics
  • MS5107: Business Modelling & Analytics

Elective Modules (choose one)

  • MG557: Strategic Management

  •  MS804: Systems Development & Project Management

Semester II

  • MS802: Information Systems Strategy and Innovation
  • MS809: Enterprise Systems

  • MS810: Information Systems Security & Ethics
  • MS810: Advanced Applications Programming
  • MS5106: Data Science & Big Data Analytics
  • MS5108: Applied Customer Analytics
  • MS5109: Business Intelligence with SAP Business
  • MS5103: Business Analytics Project (Group Project)

Career Develop & Student Support

Students are encouraged to actively avail of the career and personal support services that is provided as part of the MSc Business Analytics programme and the wider university.

Workshops tailored for business analytics students in 2017-18 include:

  • Masterclass talks - Representatives from companies including Pramerica, AIB, An Garda Síochána (Irish police service), and the Analytics Institute of Ireland discussed the benefits/challenges of embedding analytics in an organisation and the importance of management skills.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills workshop (Accredited and facilitated by the Irish Council for International Students).
  • Navigating graduate recruitment in Ireland.
  • CV writing and interview preparation.
  • Building a professional online profile using Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • A dedicated student support advisor for business school students.
  • Employer and career events organised by the NUIG Careers Office throughout the year.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in Ireland, expect that in the next 7 years between 4,000 and 17,000 additional jobs in Business Analytics will be created in Ireland. This programme has been designed to meet the growing demand for graduates with Business Analytics capabilities identified by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in Ireland.

Graduates have found employment in: 

 Business Analytics (MSc)

Graduate Roles:
  • Data Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Support Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • QA Engineer
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Computer Analyst
  • MIS Analyst
  • Customer Support
  • Operation Specialist
  • Global Customer Master Data Analyst
  • Supplier Implementation Associate

SAP Accredited

Students of the MSc Business Analytics are entitled to participate in SAP certification courses. SAP are now offering CRM and Business Intelligence courses as well as their basic ERP course. These certification courses represent a great opportunity for you to gain highly competitive skills. Our strategic alliance with SAP enables us to offer these modules to you as a registered student of NUI Galway. Once you graduate you will no longer be able to avail of them. 


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€7,026 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2018/19

EU Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

EU Postgraduate fee breakdown = EU tuition + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Ms Emma Brinton
T +353 91 492 308

Meet our Graduates


Anamika Parashar |   Data Analyst, Scotiabank Ireland

Although I had worked in financial services prior to pursuing my masters at NUIG, this programme enabled me to develop effective communication skills, understanding of business problems and being able to translate that problem into a solution using business analytics. I have developed cutting edge technical skills in Visual C#, RStudio, Java, SQL, SAP BW and statistical techniques. I was then able to apply these technical skills and business knowledge to a major group project over the duration of the course. The MSc in business analytics has greatly enhanced my analytical, programming and research skills, which enabled me to secure a Data Analyst role with Scotiabank Ireland.

Neha Tyagi |   Data Analyst at RSA Insurance

I was fortunate enough to have completed a world-class course MSC. Business Analytics at National University of Ireland, Galway which was taught by qualified professors and researchers. It was my first travel outside of India and I gained priceless experience during my stay in Ireland. It gave me an international exposure to work with people from different countries and loads of practical experience in latest technologies which helped me in boosting my career prospects. Practical assignments and team work has helped me to be more confident and has developed my communication skills. It was an exciting year and helped me to secure a job as a Data Analyst at RSA Insurance.

Adrian Egan |   Global Customer Master Data Analyst, MSD

The MSc in Business Analytics in NUI Galway offers great opportunities for people from diverse educational or professional backgrounds. It has an excellent blend of business and technical subjects that are in high demand by employers.

Ahmed Elwardany |   Data Analyst, Anam Technologies

The MSc in Business Analytics enriched and developed both my technical and business skills. It provided a solid foundation for transitioning my career towards business analytics through a blend of theoretical and practical learning activities. It was both a challenging and enjoyable journey that truly embraced cultural diversity in a friendly and supportive environment.

Orla McHugh |   Operations Specialist, Microsoft

The M.Sc in Business Analytics enabled me to gain a broad insight into the diverse areas within business analytics and to develop technical skills such as data mining and predictive analysis, which has enabled me to thrive in the analytics industry.

Emma Beatty |   Cloud Product Support Engineer, SAP

“The MSc. Business Analytics gave me a great introduction into the areas of analytics and big data. It was an invaluable learning experience, the course was consistently engaging and the mixture of different subjects was particularly advantageous. The different modules provided me with the necessary tools and techniques that have allowed me to find employment in SAP, working as a Cloud Product Support Engineer.”

Meet our Employers


Eddie Morris |   Support Team Manager, Cloud Product Support, SAP

Graduates from the MSc. in Business Analytics come to us with an industry-ready skillset; they have the right blend of business and IT skills we are looking for. In our experience at SAP this means these graduates hit the ground running adding value to our organization from day one. The graduates we hired from this course impressed at interview describing in detail the outcomes and deliverables of the projects they were involved in. They continue to impress with their ability and capacity to learn and contribute.

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Quick Facts

Class Profile 2017/18

8 Nationalities

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40% Female/ 60% Male 

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Average age

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1 Year Full-Time Programme (Sept-Sept) 

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Recognised By:

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Higher Education Awards 2017

Grad Ireland Higher Education Awards 2017Shortlisted for Best New Course 2017