Business Information and Analytics Systems MSc

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Course Code: CKL51

Course Title: Business Information and Analytics Systems

College: Business and Law

Business Information and Analytics Systems

Duration: 12 months Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time


Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU fee €10,500; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €18,000. There will be field trips which are not covered by the course fee.

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Closing Date (Non-EU): Now closed for applications for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018


Business Analytics enables organisations exploit the data and IS systems at its disposal to maximise organisational performance. Students will develop the skills necessary to gain business insights to improve decision-making.

The MSc in Business Information and Analytics Systems provides students with a portfolio of business and analytical methods for solving problems and supporting decision making. The MSc BIAS provides students with a specialism in Business Analytics as well as an extensive knowledge of business and IS concepts. At the core of this programme is a selection of topics covering cloud technologies, Business Intelligence and Business Analytics, IT performance management , data management and  IT project management.  A research project will allow student groups to explore and develop an IT solution to a specific business problem in an area specific to the Business Information and Analytics area.  

Course Details

Business Analyst and Project Manager are listed as two of the top ten jobs in the IS / IT sector[1]. The MSc Business Information and Analytics (MSc BIAS) is designed to provide students with the skillset to be successful in these roles.  Organisations today need people who know how to manage and store data that helps them make better business decisions, compared to years ago when businesses didn't have data management at their fingertips to review and analyse to help them drive business forward.  


The MSc in Business Information and Analytic Systems degree offers a specialisation in Business Analytics with modules such as:


  • Design thinking for the Business Analyst
  • Business Data Strategy
  • Data Visualisation
  • Business Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Cognitive Decision Making and DSS


These modules will allow students to acquire the skills to mine and analyse data in ways that will enable more informed decision making and result in better outcomes for the organisation. How organisations capture, create and use data is changing the way we work and live. Businesses have more data readily available than ever before and are aware of the need to understand the underlying messages that are held within their data. However, discovering and identifying the underlying message requires a higher level of thinking and analysis.


Additionally the course offers a curriculum of  core IS modules including:  


  • Cloud Technology
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Project Management
  • IT and Organisational Performance
  • Enterprise Business Processes


These core modules provide students with the technical skills and techniques needed by organisations to explore organisational issues and support decision-making within a business context.  These skills are essential in any organisation where IT is integral to the success of the business. A group research project facilitates students in the practical application of the Information Systems and Business analytical skills that are acquired during the programme.


Detailed Entry Requirements

Eligibility for the MSc BIAS requires candidates to have a 2.2 primary degree at NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree or equivalent, with appropriate information systems or computing technology skills content. You may also be admitted to the course on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience, as deemed appropriate by the Professor of Business Information Systems and the School of Business. Typical students are from technical disciplines such as, Management Information Systems (MIS) or Business Information Systems (BIS), engineering, computer science and mathematics. It is also suitable for business and humanities graduates who have studied computer science and Business Information Systems (BIS) subjects with some computer programming content.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

‌‌‌‌Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here CKL51 MSc (Business Information & Analytical Systems Suppl Form (17kB) 

All required documentation must be sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.

The Cork University Business School uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.

New applications will continue to be reviewed at each round if there are still programme places available.

Course Practicalities

16 lecture hours per week, with 2 hours of lab work per week. Between 3 and 5 field trips will be organised throughout the year. Group project work continues to early July at the latest, concluding the formal course content. However, students may be required to complete an individual essay in their own time up until the end of July/early August.


A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme. Assessments methods include formal written exams, essays, group and individual project work and some lab practicals. Some modules are 100% continuous assessment and most modules have a minimum of 40% continuous assessment. During the programme, students will work individually and in groups. A strong emphasis is placed on oral presentation of work.

Who Teaches This Course

The course is taught by academic staff from the Cork University Business School. The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading IT organisations, major banks and research agencies. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in or leadership of research centers in UCC, and publish regularly in international peer-reviewed IT / IS  and business journals.

Further Contact Information

Programme Coordinator

Name:  Dr Mary Daly


Email Address:


Telephone: +353 21 4903631


Address: Business Information Systems, Room 3.78, O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland.

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