BSc Business Analytics (Industry) is an academically rigorous degree programme that teaches the core skills of applying data science and analytics to modern business problems. If you are numerate, analytically minded with an unquenchable curiosity about how and why things are done the way they are, Business Analytics can help launch your career in industry, finance, the public sector, government or consulting.
Truly modern organisations rely on sophisticated analysis and technology to perform effectively, and we produce creative, technically competent and skilled graduates who can deliver these skills and more.
We will show you how analysing data can help solve real-life problems and show what it means to think statistically as you learn techniques and approaches that help organisations plan and improve decision-making processes.
In your second and final years, you will study project management modules that act as a core to help put ideas into practice, gain employee support during organisational change initiatives, and improve your consultancy skills.
You can also choose modules for a specialist track. The Business Analytics track delivers the mathematical tools to develop practical, numerate and computer-based modelling.
The Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management track explores the problems faced by operations managers. It covers topics such as purchasing, inventory planning and risk analysis. For students who want to learn more about designing and managing the computer-based systems of our digital economy, the Information Systems specialism is for you.
Your third year consists of a supervised placement in industry, with previous students joining companies such as IBM and Bosch. Roles in finance, support or operations allow you to see how processes and theories are used. This experience also provides valuable insight for your final year academic studies.
Our careers team, including a dedicated departmental careers coach, will work with you from day one to help with internships, placements and graduate employment. We will supply training in CV writing, interview assessment centres and telephone interviews, helping you with your future career ambitions.
Students use programming tools such as Python and R, spreadsheets and business intelligence software, gaining important skills which can be applied to bring intelligence to industry. We will teach you how to make forecasts and use data to understand complex behaviour, and introduce you to operational and strategic business contexts, applying your skills on a team project for a client in the Lancaster area.
The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills.
If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. The University offers a range of shorter placement and internship opportunities for which you would be welcome to apply.
Business Analytics is one of the most important areas of modern business as the volume of data both created and employed increases. Depending on your chosen pathway, Business Analytics at Lancaster will equip you to manage and interrogate data with e view to improving business performance, be that in operations or logistics and supply chain management.