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Postgraduate Programmes

Business Analytics with Specialisation in Finance

About the Programme

An MSc. Business Analytics with Specialisation in Finance will give you the cutting-edge tools, techniques and model-building skills to transform financial data into insights needed to drive competitive advantage at the organisational level. Learn how to generate data and research driven insights to enhance the quality and impact of business decisions- with special emphasis on the issues/decisions related to finance and investment. This programme can position you for leadership, as the global demand for data analysis and interpretation continues to grow.

You will discover and explore:

  • Different types of data sources
  • How to store, retrieve and report data
  • How to prepare, visualise and make sense of data to support business decision-making for competitive advantage
  • How to use mathematics and appropriate technology to analyse problems
  • How to analyse risk and make financial decisions for corporate investments
  • Important skills for optimising and building investment portfolios, diversifying portfolios and managing risks

Facilities and Resources

Graduate Studies Lab - This new Graduate Studies Lab equips students with hands-on experience in using data analytic and research tools and technologies to improve the practical experience and the real-world feel of their programme curriculum. Several Bloomberg terminals are available in the lab.

Laptop, Software and Textbook Package - Textbooks (printed or electronic) in addition to a new laptop loaded with contemporary business analytics software are provided for all registered students. The package fee is included in the programme cost, and students are allowed to keep the laptop and all of the course materials on completion of the course of study.


Our faculty for this programme includes three researchers who are experts in business analytics and/or finance.

Professor C. Justin Robinson has published extensively on banking, finance and investments in the emerging market context. His research included investigations on stock price behaviour, dividend policy and monetary integration in the Caribbean. Professor Robinson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Bank of Barbados.

Professor Sally Brailsford is Professor of Management Science within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton, UK. Professor Sally Brailsford is also currently one of the leading individuals in her field. Professor Brailsford’s research has been chiefly in the area of health care modelling with the aim to evaluate treatments and screening programmes, to allocate resources, to redesign processes and to improve systems.
Dr. Terry Harris is an Assistant Professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School, Durham University, UK. Some of his research interests include financial econometrics, financial engineering, and machine learning and big data analytics. Dr. Harris has engaged in extensive theoretical and applied research, publications, and scholarly and professional activities. In particular, he has published in Association of Business Schools (ABS) rated internationally leading journals.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:
  • Business Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Trader and/or Fund Manager 
  • Data Analyst
  • Quantitative Modeler
  • Finance Manager
  • Investment Specialist
  • Big Data Specialist
  • Digital Transformation Specialist
Apply now if these career paths interest you!

We accept applications from November 1 to June 30. However, expressions of interest are accepted throughout the year.

Why Study in Barbados

We offer low tuition fees, scholarships and a number payment plans to suit your education budget.
 Save money by completing your graduate degree in 18 months rather than 24 - 30 months. 

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At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: Full-Time: 18 months; Part-Time: 24 months (maximum of 4 years)


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Programme Details

Some of the courses you will cover are:

  1. Introduction to Business Analytics
  2. Data Preparation and Visualization
  3. Data Mining – Supervised & Unsupervised Learning
  4. Corporate Finance
  5. Portfolio Management & Wealth Planning
  6. Derivatives

Our tuition is internationally competitive and we offer scholarships, financial aid and payment plans to make university education available to our students. Please CLICK HERE for details on financing options.  

Programme Fees (as at August 2021)  = BDS $ 35,000
University Registration Fees (as at August 2021) = BDS $ 540 per semester:
University fees comprise of Guild and Amenities Fees. They are not charged in the summer semester.
Please note that fees may be adjusted for academic year 2022-2023. 

For Degreed Applicants

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a university or college acceptable to the University of the West Indies, with at least Second Class Honours.
Students are expected to have a good grounding in a quantitative subject such as mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, computer science, management science, economics, business or a quantitative social science. Students who are adjudged to have an insufficient background in a quantitative discipline may still qualify for entry into the programme but will be required to pursue a preliminary year of study before the MSc. Business Analytics courses are pursued.
Students with pass degrees will be considered on the following conditions:
(a) they are currently working in a Statistics or Data analytics related field, and;
(b) they are successful at an interview conducted by the entrance committee within the Department.

Two letters of recommendation must be provided by all degreed applicants.
For Non-Degreed Applicants

The Department is considering opening its doors to a number of individuals working in the private sector without degrees, who have a desire to obtain advance training in Business Analytics. It is expected that the number of students entering the programme through this route would be highly restricted and should represent no more than 25 percent of the cohort in any given year.  Students entering through this route will be required to undertake a preliminary year of study.  The entry criteria for these students would therefore be: 

Technical certificates or diplomas that can be assessed by the University of the West Indies.

Five years’ experience in the Statistics or Data Analytics related field.

They are successful at an interview conducted by a selected panel determined by the Campus Committee on Graduate Studies and the Department of Management Studies.

Two letters of recommendation.