MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

Learn the fundamental theories, approaches and analytical toolkit of decision sciences, applied operational research and statistics.

You will learn the skills to ensure that processes run smoothly, particularly in the face of challenges and opportunities arising from the global reach of business. You will gain vital knowledge and practical skills to become a professional operations, project or supply chain manager in a globalised environment.

MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis / Course details

Year of entry: 2017

Course description

Course module details  

Learn how to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and influence the decision-making processes of the future. This course gives you the cutting edge analytical approaches, methodologies and tools you need to confidently tackle problems and improve outcomes.

It allows you to specialize in a diverse range of areas including

  • Consulting skills
  • Big data and web analytics
  • Information systems concepts and tools
  • Decision behaviour and psychology of decision making
  • Financial modelling
  • Operations management and process change and improvement approaches
  • Project management
  • Supply chain management, logistics and procurement
  • Traditional operational research and applied mathematics and statistics

The aim of the course is to give students a solid quantitative foundation alongside practical problem-solving techniques. Much of your learning involves real-life scenarios using case studies, individual and team consulting-based assignments, presentations and software tools.  Much of the coursework takes the form of consulting-style cases, some done in small teams and including presentations.

The core of the course is formed by four analytics units covering fundamental toolkit areas of decision sciences, applied operational research and statistics. The approach is to consider application of these analytical methodologies and toolkits to common problem areas across business and management.  You then chose four other units from a broad range of options, according to your interests, background and intended career directions.

Aims

The course is intended to provide management, engineering, science, mathematics, economics or similar graduates who have a solid quantitative foundation with deeper analytical skills and an understanding of how these are applied to business and management problems.

Special features

We run a core module on Data Analytics which will introduce students to SAS Enterprise. A coursework prize for this project will be sponsored by SAS.

Recent highlights included a case study run by British Airways,a presentation from SAS on the Future of Analytics and ongoing dissertation projects with Unilever and LBM.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies depending on course units taken.  It may include a combination of course work, group project assessment and presentations, report, assignments, in-class tests and examination.  The dissertation normally ranges between 12,000 and 25,000 words.

Course unit details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. The core courses unit introduce you to mathematical principles and practical tools for Optimization, Decision Making, Data-Mining, Statistical Analysis, Simulation & Risk Analysis. Specific software packages include SAS, SPSS, Minitab, AMOS, Eviews, Excel, Excel Solver, SIMUL8, iThink, Risk Solver, IDS.

Compulsory course units include: 

  • Mathematical Programming and Optimisation;
  • Applied Statistics and Business Forecasting;
  • Simulation and Risk Analysis;
  • Data Analytics for Business Decision Making; 
  • Risk, Performance and Decision Analysis. 

A range of optional units is available from a wide range of areas, depending on availability and timetabling, and students' with a suitable background. 

Scholarships and bursaries

Contact us for further information on scholarships available .

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Testimonial Silviu Tofan
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"I’ve always felt welcome – the staff here offer endless encouragement and support. I’ve had a really good time in Manchester and I think that the University, together with Alliance MBS, has contributed greatly to my experience. This course was quite demanding, but with enough free time to get to enjoy new friends as well as personal hobbies."

Silviu Tofan, Romania

MSc Business Analytics: Operations, Research and Risk Analysis, Class of 2016

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