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Business Analytics (MSc)
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.
**Learn More - Business Analytics Infographic -**
Programme Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MSc Business Analytics, students will have acquired industry-standard skills and in-depth knowledge to:
1) Understand and be able to use specific IT which is used in developing business analytics.
2) Analyse and solve business problems using applied data analytics tools and techniques.
3) Understand and apply techniques for managing Information Technology in organisations.
4) Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual and team-based settings.
5) Apply effective decision making to global business problems.
Business Analytics Class 2018/19
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
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.
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). IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable. 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.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
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Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
Mode of study
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 1 Timetable 2018/19 *Tutorials not included.
- 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
- 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 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.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional MG557: Strategic Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS804: Systems Development & Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS806: Business Applications Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS805: Database Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS5107: Business Modelling and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS5105: Statistical Techniques for Business Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS5104: Decision Theory & Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS5103: Business Analytics Project - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS815: Advanced Applications Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS5109: Business Analytics with SAP - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS810: Information Systems Security & Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS809: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS802: Information Systems Strategy and Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS5108: Applied Customer Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS5106: Data Science and Big Data Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS5114: Advanced Programming for Business Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
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 of the programme have secured employment with EY, SAP, IBM, Fidelity Investments, Permanent TSB, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Ericsson, Deloitte, ESB, First Derivatives, Eir, Wayfair, PWC, Bank of Ireland, Scotiabank, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, TATA, RSA Insurance, Auto1, Amundi, and Anam Technologies.
Graduates have found employment in:
- Data Analyst
- Business Analyst
- Credit Risk Analyst
- Computer Analyst
- MIS Analyst
- Operation Specialist
- Global Customer Master Data Analyst
- Supplier Implementation Associate
- Tax Technologist
- Business Modeller
- Senior Business Analyst
- DevOps & Security Consultant
- Data Analytics Consultant
- HR Reporting Administrator
**Learn More - Business Analytics Infographic -**
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.
MSc (Business Analytics) hosts a number of Masterclasses throughout the year.
Examples of speakers during the 2017/18 academic year:
|Lorcan Malone||CEO||Analytics Institute of Ireland|
|Dr. Gurchand Singh||Head of Garda Síochána Analysis Service||An Garda Siochana (Irish Police Service)|
|Bill Schmarzo||CTO||DellEMC Global Services|
|Paul Cashman||Business Analytics Manager||AIB (Financial Services)|
|Peter McCrystal||Data Scientist||Pramerica (Financial Services)|
|Pamela Devins||Career Development Consultant||NUI Galway|
|Dr. Patrick Mikalef||Research Fellow||Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway|
Education in Ireland Blog:
Interested in studying abroad and pursuing a career in Business Analytics? Manish at NUI Galway tells us more about the benefits of choosing Ireland, Galway and MSc Business Analytics. Click here to read his blog.
Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practice
Programme Director Dr Denis Dennehy is committed to Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practice, and the MSc (Business Analytics) received the NUI Galway Inclusive Teaching Team Award. Learn More: Business Analytics - Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practice
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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.
Note to Non EU students: Learn about the 24 month Stayback Visa here.
Feedback from Industry
Damien Mulligan | Finance Director, Kepak
We engaged with NUIG students for two business analytics projects as part of their MSc. Business Analytics programme. This involved the analysis of large datasets from one of our business units. In return Kepak were presented with a comprehensive report at the end of term, which included an excellent presentation of the student’s findings. We found this process very insightful, offering us alternative analysis of different trends within our business and a demonstration of the use of up to date analytic software and management dashboards. We are looking forward to working with them again in the future.
Paul McCartney | Head of HR ANAM
Our solutions have a heavy reliance on our ability to rapidly process data and deploy cutting-edge BI Analytic tools to our Mobile Operator clients. A great deal of this critical analytical work has been achieved by utilising the skills and competencies of students who we have hired from NUI Galway’s, MSc in Business Analytics. We have found the students from this course ideally suited to working within the Anam product portfolio. All the students we have hired present an in-depth knowledge and excellent understanding of Business Analytics and related tools. This has enabled them to transition into the commercial world quickly and add immediate value to the Company. Having access to students from this progressive course has greatly helped the Company succeed in this key area and we look forward to hiring many more of these excellent students on an annual basis.
Lorcan Malone | Chief Executive of Analytics Institute of Ireland
The NUIG MSc In Business Analytics is a hugely impressive programme. The combination of expert tuition with deep industry engagement means that programme graduates will be highly sought after by leading employers in the sector
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.
Meet our Graduates
Emma Marlborough | HR Reporting Administrator, PwC
I found the course is well designed to accommodate students of various backgrounds. My HR background has been complemented with new technological skills. Being given the opportunity to work with a client for my capstone project equipped me with essential consultancy experience, learning first hand about business challenges when using analytics.
Jonathon Lawlor | Business Analyst, Care.com (Germany)
“The programme provided fundamental topics such as Decision Theory and Analysis, Applied Customer Analytics and exposure to cutting-edge disruptive technologies. The emphasis and encouragement to develop fundamental skills including, (i) reflective and analytical thinking, (ii) communication, and (iii) leadership have already been and will continue to be used for the rest of my professional career.
Neha Tyagi | Senior MI Analyst, Ulster Bank
The MSC. Business Analytics is a world-class course that is taught by qualified academics and researchers. It provided a positive student experience that included (i) international exposure to work with people from different countries, (ii) practical assignments, (iii) teamwork, and (iv) developing my communication skills.
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.
Anamika Parashar | Technology Business Analyst, Citi Group
“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. The MSc in business analytics has greatly enhanced my analytical, programming and research skills, which enabled me to secure a position as technology Business Analyst, Citi Group.
Ahmed Elwardany | Business Intelligence Analyst, Anam Technologies (Ireland)
“This programme enriched and developed 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.
Rakshith Gowda | Tableau Developer, Munich Re
“The pedagogy practised ensures that the course learning outcomes are met through hands-on activities using technologies such as SAP Business Intelligence, Amazon Web Services, Tableau, IBM SPSS, and SQL, R, and JAVA programming languages. Gaining experience as a Research Assistant LERO | The Irish Software Research Centre gave me an opportunity to work on an analytics-oriented research project between Dell Technologies and Lero.
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.
Sughosh Harve | DevOps Engineer, FirstData
I found the programme to be well structured and I liked the way it was presented in detail every week. I thoroughly relished every aspect of the course be it assignments, group work or the camaraderie with lecturers and my fellow classmates. I found the workshops and guest lectures conducted during the course of the programme to be very insightful.
Vernon D’Souza | Business Modeller, KPMG
“The inter-cultural experience, good rapport with lecturers, and modules that were structured to have a balance between business and technical domains with gradual exploration of deeper concepts such as decision making, statistics, data visualisation and project management are just a few of the many positive aspects of the MSc Business Analytics programme.
Best College of Business 2019
Higher Education Awards 2020
Shortlisted for Postgraduate Course of the Year Computer Science/ Technology 2020
NUI Galway Inclusive Teaching Team Award
Feedback from Industry:
''I was impressed with the quality and thoroughness of the NUI Galway's MSc (Business Analytics) program and the enthusiasm of the students. Not only does the program teach the important fundamentals of business analytics, big data and data science, but they encompass that learning within a broader design thinking approach that seeks to get the most out of every student. The success of the program speaks for itself in the number of students who are placed in high positions of responsibility at some of the leading companies throughout Ireland and the EU.''Bill SchmarzoCTO, IOT and Analytics, Hitachi VantaraHonorary Professor, MSc (Business Analytics)
Business Analytics Society