On the MSc in Business Analytics you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through company sponsored dissertations, guest lectures, and career exploration treks.

Company Sponsored Dissertations

A company sponsored dissertation (CSD) involves a student carrying out an authoritative piece of work on a business or management issue identified by a project client.

The work will typically take an in-depth look into a defined research area and result in a substantial report containing extensive research, rigorous analysis and practical conclusions.


  • Real project defined by a company's business needs
  • Enhances your technical skills, also developing further transferable skills
  • Gain an insight into the sponsoring company
  • You get to network and raise your profile
  • Enhances employability and adds to your CV

Past companies include:

  • Hubpay Limited
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Career and Employability Treks

We provide students with the opportunity to visit organisations and engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.

Please note: Treks may be in and around Edinburgh or further afield and may have limited places


  • Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make informed career choices
  • Get a feel for the culture, people, and values of specific companies
  • Build your network of industry professionals and alumni

Read our Student Blog about attending a Career and Employability Treks in 2022/23

Past trek locations for the programme have included Databricks, Capco and Tata .

Guest lecturers

Over the course of the academic year, we bring in senior figures from relevant organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.

These lectures provide a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, network with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.

Organisations represented in the past include:

  • abrdn
  • Accenture
  • CDC Group
  • Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
  • EY
  • European Central Bank
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Revolut
  • Santander
  • NatWest Group

Got Questions? Get in Touch

Stella Wang

Stella Wang

Student Development Manager

+44(0) 131 651 1032