BSc Business Analytics 2018

Top five in the Russell Group for Business Studies

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

Key facts

UCAS Code:
Start date:
September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A Level offer:
AAB including Mathematics or Statistics. (specific subjects required) Full entry requirements.
UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£18,500 (per year)
Study abroad:
Work placement:
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Data analysts use their specialist skills to help organisations make more effective business decisions. We’re one of the first Russell Group universities to offer this subject at undergraduate level.

This degree will allow you to apply data analysis skills in companies and organisations, using statistical analysis to support evidence-based decision-making. You’ll study economics, organisational behaviour, marketing and management decision-making to give you an understanding of the modern business environment. In addition, you can tailor your degree to suit your own interests through your choice of optional modules on topics such as sports analytics, business economics and advertising.

Demand for experts in business analytics is growing rapidly, and the University of Leeds is at the forefront of developments in this area. Informed by the world-class research in our Centre for Decision Research, this course will give you the in-depth knowledge and skills to thrive in a fast-growing sector.

Course content

Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Compulsory modules in Year 1 will give you a broad knowledge and skills base. You’ll be introduced to economic theory, organisational behaviour and management decision-making to put the role of analytics in the context of the business environment, as well as exploring some of the key methods and techniques used in analytics. An optional module will also allow you to explore topics such as sports analytics or marketing.

In the following year you’ll build on this with compulsory modules in microeconomics and how business decisions are made, as well as deepening your knowledge of analytics techniques and practices. You could also choose from optional modules on diverse topics within economics, information management and other areas.

You’ll apply your skills to a major analytics project in your final year, working alongside an academic supervisor. You’ll also gain more advanced knowledge of strategic management and decision-making methods, and select from further optional modules on topics such as leadership, international marketing and advertising among others.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1
  • Compulsory modules

  • Exploring Your Potential 20 credits
  • Analytical Methods 20 credits
  • Business Analytics 1 10 credits
  • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
  • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
Year 2
  • Compulsory modules

  • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
  • Advanced Management Decision Making 10 credits
  • How Managers Make Decisions 10 credits
  • Advanced Analytical Methods 20 credits
  • Evidence-based Consultancy 10 credits
  • Business Analytics 2 20 credits
Year 3
  • Compulsory modules

  • Strategic Management 20 credits
  • Business Analytics 3: Analytics Project 40 credits
  • Current Issues in Decision Making 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Business Analytics BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually suring the year and act as a personal tutor.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life, These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements


AAB including Mathematics or Statistics.


English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. At least 30 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. We also require grade A in A-level Mathematics or Statistics. All applicants taking this qualification will be interviewed.


We will consider BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Please contact the Admissions Team for details.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3,M1,M1, excluding the Cambridge Pre-U certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. D3 in Mathematics is required.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (17 higher), including 5 in Mathematics at higher level and English at standard or higher level. For those candidates who meet our Mathematics and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAABB including A1 in Mathematics and A in Applied Mathematics. English Language will be accepted at ordinary level on a grade for grade basis.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AABBB (A at advanced level) OR AABBB (AB at advanced level) OR AAB at advanced level. This must include Mathematics at advanced higher. Intermediate 2 / National 5 English is acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirement on a grade for grade basis.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2019 2019


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £18,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

Business analytics is a rapidly growing employment sector as companies demand experts to help them capitalise on the Big Data Explosion. This course launched in 2015, and so our first students are yet to graduate.

Because of our central focus on developing your ability to apply data analysis skills in companies and organisations, you could launch your career with a diverse range of employers in healthcare, retail, logistics, finance and sport as well as many other sectors. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be well equipped to inform high-level decision-making.

Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School

Careers support

You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L’Oréal and Unilever.

The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 170 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.

In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

Read more about Study Year Abroad.

Year in Industry

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.

Read more about the Year in Industry

Year in Enterprise

EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.

Read more about the Year in Enterprise

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