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University of Leeds

Leeds , England ,United Kingdom

Business Analytics and Decision Sciences MSc

Businesses are increasingly collecting large amounts of information about their customers and activities. This ‘big data’ is big news with the media, businesses and government as they consider how to use this mass of information in a meaningful way.

Analysts use their expertise to make sense of this information, interpret it and uncover hidden patterns and important insights, enabling evidence-based business decisions. As a result, they’re in very high demand with employers on the lookout for analysts in every sector.

This course gives you an insight into business analytics and explores how organisations can thrive during the big data revolution. You’ll develop decision-oriented, quantitative analytical skills in a management context, and learn to sift intelligence from the growing volume and variety of data collected on many aspects of life.

Combining theoretical concepts with practical application, you’ll develop a unique mix of quantitative and behavioural skills relevant to data analyses, effective decision-making and management.


  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 15

Application Process

Visa Process
20 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Graduate schemes
These schemes typically begin recruitment up to a year in advance; rigorous application processes and multiple interview stages are the norm, so be sure to do plenty of research – with our help – before sending off your application form. Generally, the schemes will give a wide period in which to submit your applications. Be aware, however, that the second round of selection could occur within this period, so early application is always preferable to avoid disappointment.

Other graduate jobs
As a graduate, your qualifications are greatly sought after by all sorts of companies – not just those running high-profile graduate recruitment schemes. In fact, the majority of graduates ultimately find work outside of these schemes, so keep your search broad. Small and medium sized businesses (those which employ fewer than 250 people) often hire graduates, and more are recruiting as time goes on. The smaller size of these businesses means that your presence is highly valued: without the large hierarchy of a major corporation constricting your position, you could find yourself working alongside more senior staff. In the UK 99% of businesses are small or medium sized, and opportunities in the sector abound for graduates. Such opportunities are likely to be less widely advertised than the large-scale schemes so you will need to think more creatively in your job-search. Check out the how to search for jobs page for some ideas.

Running your own business may sound daunting, but it is an increasingly popular option for graduates, and we can help you each step of the way. ‘Spark’, our business start-up service, is available to all students whilst at Leeds, and for five years after graduation. If you are feeling entrepreneurial, come to us with your business idea and we can offer expert advice, support, and even preliminary funding.

Internships and other work experience
As the first step on the road to employment, undertaking work experience lets you build experience and relationships with employers. Whilst most posts are temporary, they can often lead to full-time graduate employment. Formal undergraduate internship programmes tend to begin either in September or early summer, with applications opening in the spring or the preceding autumn.  

Graduate internships or placements may begin at any time of the year, and you should consider making speculative approaches to companies you are interested in to find your own work experience placement or internship. For more information, see our page on Speculative Enquiries.

Volunteering is a great way to build skills, experience and industry contacts. Voluntary organisations are always in need of enthusiastic helpers, and require a whole range of jobs from fund-raising to marketing and IT. If you are hoping to pursue a career in the charity sector, then some volunteering experience is often essential. Do not think that it is all give-give-give: volunteering posts at festivals like Leeds and Glastonbury let you enjoy a week of fantastic music in return for a few hours of muddy marshalling.

PSW Opportunity

Two-year post-study work visa to enhance UK work experience

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate qualification required for entry: From 3 - 4 year Bachelor's degree
1st: First class (65%)
2.1: First class (60%)
2.2: Upper second class (55%)
English language minimum requirement: Standard XII English is accepted at 70-75% depending on state board, IELTS 6.5 overall, GCSE C/4 or an equivalent qualification is required: Acceptable Language Qualifications.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 25750 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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