The terms predictive analytics, web analytics and customer analytics are becoming increasingly common, among both the professional and academic communities. These are all part of Business Analytics: the use of applied mathematics and statistical software packages to inform decision-making in the business environment. The new Aston MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles and processes involved in the design and interpretation of information systems, while providing you with the wide range of competencies that will enable you to further your career in the corporate world.
The MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management equips you with the technical and organisational skills needed to interpret complex business systems, with a special emphasis on modelling, computation and optimisation. The programme aims to refine and enhance your ability to think critically, enabling you to develop and interpret complex information systems and understand the ways in which they can be used to support businesses and their operations.
Elective Modules (Choose one):
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.
Candidates must have strong quantitative skills. Candidates must also hold one of the following:
In addition to all of the following:
Two references – at least one must be from an academic referee
An official academic transcript of your university grades to date (in addition to an official English translation if the original documents are not in English)
A completed application form.
Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements with one of the following:
A TOEFL score of 100 with a minimum score of 23 in writing and speaking and 20 in reading and listening (internet based)
An overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading)
A PEARSON score of 61 overall with a minimum score of 61 in writing and speaking and 53 in reading and listening
Students participate in a well-structured programme of lectures, workshops and lab sessions, which are supported by a programme of peer learning tools that includes module forums and virtual classrooms. Individual supervisions with academics are another important component of your learning experience, especially over the course of the dissertation. The eight taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. This will be complemented by an extended programme of independent research leading to the completion of a MSc dissertation.
The programme prepares students for a range of specialist careers as consultants, managers and business analysts. With the growing importance of analytical information systems, this programme ensures that you are well prepared for the many challenging requirements of modern information systems in the corporate world.
The MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management aims to refine and enhance your analytical skills, enabling you to design and implement the information systems that support complex decision-making in a business context. The programme has been expertly designed to develop the range of skills and competencies valued by employers internationally. These include:
Analytical and problem solving skills
Dealing with clients and managing relationships
Management, scientific and technical consulting skills
Delivering projects which meet business requirements
Time management and organisational skills
During your studies at Aston you will also follow an integrated Career and Project Skills module, which will link your learning on the programme to your employability, career planning and continuing personal development.
Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:
A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students (24 hour access)
Free Wi-Fi connection
IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
An e-business suite equipped with modern hardware and software that includes many leading business analytic tools. The suite is reserved for the exclusive use of postgraduate students.
Dr Ozren Despic
Ozren Despic is Lecturer in Management Science at Aston Business School. His primary research interest is in the area of mathematical modelling and decision making. Ozren has a great amount of international experience, having lived, studied and worked in many different countries over the past 20 years. He is a devoted teacher and he brings his consulting work in optimising various business processes directly to the classroom.
Academic staff who contribute to the MSc in Business Analytics and Information System Management are active in a wide range of research projects. This ensures that students benefit from teaching that is both up-to-date and well informed.
BA (Hons), PGCert (SSRM), MPhil, LCGI, MBCS, CITP, FIfL
Mr Paul Bocij is a Teaching Fellow at Aston Business School, specialising in ICT, information systems and e-business. He is the author of numerous books relating to technology and is co-author of Business Information Systems (Prentice Hall, 2008), now in its 4th edition. He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a member of the British Computer Society, with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry.
Professor John Edwards
BA, MA, PhD, FORS, FHEA
John Edward’s interest has always been in how people can and do (or do not) use models and systems to help them do things. For many years, John has studied the development and uses of various types of system in management and administration. John’s current interests cover three overlapping themes: Knowledge Management, Business Processes and Decision Support.
Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis
BSc, MSc, PhD
Emmanuel Thanassoulis is Professor of Management Sciences at Aston Business School. He has published over 70 refereed and working papers in the theory and application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), including its use in banking, school and retail outlet assessments. He has acted as consultant to a number of organisations on the use of DEA including HM Treasury, the Department for Education and Skills and the Home Office.