A step in the right direction: MSc Business Analytics at NUI Galway
Making a decision to study abroad is never easy. The very moment you enter any course or country name into Google, you are flooded with options – universities and courses appear that you didn’t even consider previously! You will be drawn in to anonymous reviews because of their flashy headlines and striking taglines, the result – you become totally confused! After much research online, the next stage is speaking to educational consultants and discovering their expert opinions according to the stipulated intake deadlines of the various universities and destination. So much information! My advice is to take your time, take a step back, talk to alumni students and international offices, email them early to discuss all your queries and then decide what, when and from where you want to pursue your education and dream career.
“…a specially designed course born out of a need to fill the shortage of skilled analytics professionals.”
For those whose dream it is to pursue a career in Business Analytics, this blog will hopefully make your life a bit easier. I’ll assume that you are one of those who would love a job in consulting, working on different projects with diverse teams, analysing data and formulating strategies based on your insights? If that’s the case, MSc in Business Analytics at NUI Galway could be the course for you! The course scope here is intelligently crafted and in keeping with the current industry requirements and skill sets, this is with thanks to the program director Prof. William Golden and his team. It is not one of those courses which has a long history in academia; this is a specially designed course born out of a need to fill the shortage of skilled analytics professionals.
“…with experienced faculty and well equipped labs, the MSc Business Analytics course arms you with tools to tackle every obstacle that you might face.”
The course is divided into three trimesters and the final trimester consists of a group project in which you get an opportunity to work on a real time data and draw insights based on your analysis. The first two trimesters consist of lectures, tutorials and group projects in which you learn and hone your analytical and statistical skills. It is not mandatory to have prior technical knowledge, as everything is taught from scratch. This was a major concern for me as I come from a business background and I was stressed about embarking on a course focused on programming and other analytical tools. But with the experienced faculty and well equipped labs, the MSc Business Analytics course arms you with tools to tackle every obstacle that you might face. Access to much sought after analytical tools like SPSS and SAP; languages like C# and SQL and modules such as Business Modelling, Strategic Management, Decision Theory and Analysis all provide you with the ingredients for a perfect recipe for success.
And why would you want to pursue this course from National University of Ireland, Galway? Well if you shortlist your university on the basis of ranking then it’s ranked in the top 200 universities in the world and the only one in the Ireland to improve its world ranking this year. Or, if you shortlist your university on the basis of post work opportunities than there are plenty of openings available in the respective domain and a one year work permit adds that extra feather to the hat! To sum up, if you want to gain the maximum out of your international study experience and have the chance to explore a well laid curriculum which prepares you for the global job market with right set of skills – NUI Galway is the best choice!