University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems (Taught)

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Course summary

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. Drawing on the 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. 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 (including economics) 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. Find out more about this course by listening to our Podcast. Two of our current students ask the Director of Studies and our Head of Department some frequently asked questions about the course. You can find out how the course came about, who the course is designed for, some potential career routes and much more.

Course details


Semester 1

  • Quantitative methods for economics and game theory
  • Principles of Programming and software engineering
  • Databases and business intelligence
Semester 2
  • Game theory, mechanism design, and experimental methods
  • Financial derivatives
  • Data mining, machine learning and econometrics
  • Programming applications
  • Practice track

Assessment method


  • Field course
  • Design projects
  • Video materials
  • Interaction and networking
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Real-life case studies
  • Blog
  • Coursework
  • Data analysis practical
  • End point assessment
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online web-forum contributions
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Residential
  • Seminar
  • Take-home examination
  • Written examination
- Other

Entry requirements

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems at University of Bath - UCAS