MSc Business Analysis and Consultancy

About the course

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Course and module structure

The course has been developed to enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas:

i) Business Analytical Methods and Information Technology
ii) Business Problem Structuring and Solving
iii) Consultancy Skills in the Business Environment

These themes are explored through modules in Business Analytics, Computer Simulation, Creative Problem Solving, Consultancy Skills and Business Statistics. The course also includes a project based module where you will solve a problem for a client using the knowledge and skills acquired during your study. There is then a further applied consultancy project, which allows you to independently research, investigate and analyse a current business problem.

The course focuses on:

  • computational, mathematical, philosophical and management science approaches to business analysis
  • developing problem solving skills
  • enhancing your ability to use business software and other information technology
  • encouraging independent and creative thinking
  • effective communication in all formats appropriate to a business environment.

Semester B entrants

Student wishing to join in January will study can apply for Semester B entry [part time only]. Any questions about Semester B entry should be directed to the Programme Leader or Business School Admissions Team.

Why choose this course?

This Master's in Business Analysis and Consultancy aims to provide you with the analytical knowledge and skills required to be a successful consultant in the modern business environment.

Three key reasons to study Business Analysis and Consultancy at the Hertfordshire Business School:

  1. It is a hands-on, practical programme
  2. It is client-facing so it counts as work experience
  3. It is a unique programme,  informed by the latest research and consultancy in the area

You will gain experience of applying these skills to real consultancy (working with a local organisation) in the complex context in which organisations operate. You will also experience a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods, which will enable you to gain - and be confident in - the skills of modelling, analysis and consulting. All this should directly improve your employment prospects.

The programme is delivered by the Business Analysis and Statistics (BAS) group at Hertfordshire Business School. The BAS group is very strong in the areas of Business Analytics and Consultancy, and its members have diverse experience and expertise in mathematical, computational and philosophical methods of analysis. The group is home to the Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit which does commercial consultancy carried out by members of the group. The course is informed by the cutting edge research undertaken by members of the group.

Key staff

Dr Eren Demir

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Dr Mohamed Lebcir

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Dr Neil Spencer

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Dr Soheil Davari

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Careers

Graduates can work in a wide range of industries as business analysts or management consultants. The knowledge and skills obtained will enable you to work as an independent consultant, or within an organisation at middle management or senior level.

Teaching methods

You will learn how to be a successful analytical consultant through a varied programme of teaching that will include guest lectures, masterclasses, facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, computer based tutorials, case study analysis and traditional lectures.

Assessment will be practical and coherent across the course, including a mixture of methods such as presentations (written and oral), case study work, action learning sets. The University promotes professional integrity and thus the course provides opportunities to develop the skills of communication, independent and team working, problem solving, creativity, digital literacy, numeracy and self-management.

The course will provide the opportunity to work in teams with a local organisation and an academic supervisor to scope out an area for improvement / where you can deliver a business solution, your team will then create a proposal of the research to be undertaken and this will be presented to the organisation. Individual areas of research will be identified to form the basis for your individual applied consultancy project.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Computer Simulation for Business - 15 Credits
  • Creative Problem Solving B - 15 Credits
  • Business Modelling Tools - 15 Credits
  • Becoming an Effective Consultant - 15 Credits
  • Statistical Techniques for Business - 15 Credits
  • Running a Consultancy Project - 15 Credits
  • Individual Consultancy Project - 60 Credits
  • Research Methods for Business Analysts - 15 Credits

Optional

  • International Supply Chain Management - 15 Credits
  • Project Management - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £6,450 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £540 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,100 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1010 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £8,000 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £665 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,500 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

An honours degree (at least 2:2 or above)  in Business, Management, or any other discipline that includes a quantitative or computing element. While not a formal requirement, an aptitude for mathematics or computing is essential for students on this course.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact the programme tutors Fiona Robins or Amanda Relph.

How to apply

2017

Start DateEnd DateLink
16/01/201831/01/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
21/09/201825/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
16/01/201931/01/2020Apply online (Part Time)
24/09/201819/09/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
21/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
16/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)
24/09/201919/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)