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Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems MSc

1 year full-time, starting in September 2020

You can apply for this course from September 2019.

Develop sought-after skills in quantitative economics and business, on this innovative, cross-disciplinary master’s.

As businesses seek to innovate and develop in the 21st century, there is a growing need for economists with broader knowledge and skills, who can effectively input into new products and policies.

This is borne out in The UK Government’s ‘Industrial Strategy – Building a Britain fit for the future, which calls for a new type of university graduate and manager: one who can operate successfully at the interface of economics, business, mathematics and computer science.

Bringing together extensive expertise from across the Departments of Economics, Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Management, this MSc sets out to educate and prepare economically literate scientists, and scientifically confident economists, for the future.

The course has a strong quantitative focus, while also covering other relevant areas such as computer programming, software development and econometrics. You will learn to apply economic and mathematical units and programs to real-business problems, while building a compelling set of skills in areas such as data analysis, data mining, software applications and statistics.

The cross-disciplinary nature of the course makes it noticeably different from other economics master’s course. You will be taught by subject specialists in each field, allowing you to study each topic in greater depth. Developed with close input from well-known employers, and the relevant departments from across the University in combination, the course offers a coherent, and mutually-complementary, mix of technical and soft skills.

The units culminate in a special Practice Track project in the summer, where you will apply what you have learnt to a consultancy project with one of our partner employers. This will kick off with an intensive, week-long residential at the University’s Pall Mall facilities in London.

You will benefit from our well-established business connections across a variety of sectors, both in the UK and overseas.

This course is particularly relevant if you are seeking to build both quantitative and commercial expertise, and have studied a STEM subject at undergraduate level.

Graduate prospects

Your strong disciplinary grounding in both quantitative economics and business will make you sought after across multiple industries and sectors.

Your skills will be particularly relevant to technology companies, consultancy firms, and finance and banking organisations, but also applicable to other business sectors, government and academia.

You could go on to work as a data analyst, credit analyst, financial analyst, economist or business analyst.

You could also progress your studies to doctoral level.

We recently hosted a webinar on our postgraduate Economics courses, covering course content and structure, graduate prospects and admissions information. A recording of this webinar can be accessed here.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2020 and ends in 2021.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

You will study topics covering economics, game theory, programming, software engineering, databases and business intelligence.

Semester 2

You will study advanced topics in game theory and mechanism design, along with experimental methods. You will also study financial derivatives, options pricing, machine learning, data mining, econometrics and programming applications.

Summer

You will complete a practice track project.

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Field course
  • Design projects
  • Video materials
  • Interaction and networking
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Real-life case studies

Assessment

  • Blog
  • Coursework
  • Data analysis practical
  • End point assessment
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online web-forum contributions
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Residential
  • Seminar
  • Take-home examination
  • Written examination
  • Other

Entry requirements


Origin of qualifications

British qualifications

You should have a bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If you first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

German qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, Diplom or magister artium with a final overall score of at least 2 (gut).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Greek qualifications

A university bachelor's degree (Ptychio) or diploma with a final overall score of at least 6.5 out of 10.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Italian qualifications

A laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Singaporean qualifications

A Bachelor (Honours) degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1 when studied at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) or Singapore University of Social Sciences.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Zimbabwean qualifications

A Bachelor Honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1 (65%).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Polish qualifications

A licencjat or inżynier with a final overall result of at least 4 (C or Good).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Spanish qualifications

A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.5.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Portuguese qualifications

A licenciado or diploma de estudos superiores especialiazados (DESE) with a final overall result of at least 16 out of 20 (bom com distinção).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Macedonian qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least 8.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Ghanaian qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least B (Good, 3.5 or 60%).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Indian qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Kazakhstani qualifications

A specialist diploma with a final overall result of at least 3.5 out of 5.0.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Kenyan qualifications

A bachelor's honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Nigerian qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1. We may also consider a final overall result of a high 2:2 from some institutions.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

American qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Thai qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.20.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Bolivian qualifications

A Licenciado with a final overall result of at least 75%.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Colombian qualifications

A Licenciado en, Titulo de, Profesional en or Maestro en (subject area) with a final overall score of at least 3.5.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Mexican qualifications

A Título de Licenciado or Título (Profesional) de (subject area) with a final overall result of least 8.5 out of 10.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Dutch qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 7 out of 10.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Sudanese qualifications

A Bachelor (Honours) degree with a final overall score of at least 69%.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Canadian qualifications

A Bachelor’s (Honours) degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 70%).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Ugandan qualifications

A Bachelor degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1 (GPA 4.0).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Algerian qualifications

A Licence, Diplôme in any specialised professional field, Diplôme d'Etat d'Ingênieur, Diplôme d'Architecte d'État or Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures with a final overall score of at least 15 out of 20.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

French qualifications

A licence with a final overall score of at least 12 out of 20 (assez bien).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Chinese qualifications

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or physical science.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems MSc full-time


Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

University of Bath alumni qualify for a 20% discount on the tuition fees for this degree instead of the normal 10% alumni discount. You do not need to complete a separate application form for this discount as the discount will be applied automatically just before payment of the tuition fee is due. View terms and conditions for tuition fee discounts for alumni.

Extra costs

There is a course deposit of £250 payable upon receipt of an offer of a place to study (offset against your course fees). You can pay this through the online store.

There is a one off £60 application fee for this course, payable through the online store.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information


  • Course title
    Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2020
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2020
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

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