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MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months (full-time)
Entry requirements

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours, or the overseas equivalent in a quantitative subject such as mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, computing, management science or economics. 

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grade average , position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.  We particularly welcome applicants from institutions of high ranking and repute.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

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.

Open days

Our next open day for postgraduate taught study will take place on  Wednesday, 23 November 2016 . It's a great opportunity to come and see us and experience what it is like to study at Alliance MBS.

Venue:  The Atrium, Alliance MBS East (No 26 on Campus Guide)

Registration starts from 1.30pm

2.00-3.10pm       Welcome presentation, Masters alumni panel discussion and taster lecture

3.10-4.10pm       Meet academics, current students and admissions staff

3.15-4.00pm       Opportunity to take a campus tour.

At our event, we'll have an alumni panel who'll be describing their experiences and how their course helped them in their careers, a taster lecture and the chance to meet staff and current students.

You can  pre-register   for the event and get details about the schedule for the day.

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are visiting Manchester, you are also welcome to organise a personal visit .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Refund Policy

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, our courses require a deposit of £1000 to cover non-recoverable costs and secure your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proofmustbe submitted)

If an offer has been made specifying an English Language condition which you do not meet, the Admissions Team will require the official certificate of an English Language test taken after the date of offer as evidence that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions for a refund to be approved. The English Language test certificate provided with your application documents will not be accepted as proof that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions as such a certificate will predate the offer.

If an offer has been made specifying an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require the official university documentation showing that you have not met this academic condition from the institution at which you have studied, as evidence for a refund to be approved.

The Admissions Team reserves the right to refuse to refund of any deposit that does not meet with the requirements outlined above.


Contact details

Academic department
Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Masters Marketing and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 161 306 1339
Academic department overview
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

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