Data Analysis for Management online certificate course

Course starts 20 November 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
12 November 2019
Course Starts:
20 November 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7-10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,100
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
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Organisations that lead with data-driven business decisions are an estimated 5% more productive and 6% more profitable than their competitors.*

As the world becomes ever more data driven, future-focused leaders must develop the quantitative skills related to corporate decision making, to extract business insights from data to inform ongoing managerial strategy.

This eight-week online course from the London School of Economics and Political Science equips managers with the analysis and visualisation skills needed to make data-driven decisions in a fast-paced and uncertain world
- giving their organisation a competitive edge.

Guided by LSE experts, this course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to understand, interpret and communicate data relevant to your role and organisation. You’ll also complete a capstone project where you will apply the techniques and concepts covered in the course to extract business insights from a real data set.

Jumpstart your data-driven leadership with recognition from the world’s leading social science university.

Harvard Business Review

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of competence in Data Analysis for Management from LSE in this online certificate course and become empowered to:

  • Gain an understanding of how data-driven models can improve your ability to make decisions
  • Assess the reliability and validity of data for extracting business insights
  • Leverage data modelling to predict future trends
  • Learn to use Tableau to visualise and report on specific insights extracted from data sets
  • Critically assess and evaluate data and insights presented to you within a corporate environment
  • Earn a certificate from LSE, validating your enhanced data-analysis skills
CPD certification service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 70 hours of learning. 

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Gain the skills to make data-driven decisions as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1  Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Course Module 2  Data visualisation and descriptive statistics
  • Course Module 3  Quantifying risk through probability
  • Course Module 4  Data integrity and statistical inference
  • Course Module 5  Evidence-based decisions
  • Course Module 6  Understanding the causes of things
  • Course Module 7  Time series forecasting
  • Course Module 8  Delivering insights through storytelling

Make better, data-driven business decisions

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. The design of this online course is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Course Convenor

The design of this online course is led by LSE faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr James Abdey


Assistant Professorial Lecturer in Statistics at LSE

Dr James Abdey gained his PhD in Statistics in LSE, and has taught at LSE since 2008. He teaches the Department of Statistics’ undergraduate courses in mathematical statistics and quantitative methods, as well as elective courses in market research. His research interests include market research techniques and forensic statistics - the interplay of statistics and the law.

James has extensive experience developing learning resources for LSE's distance learning and summer school programs in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, and regularly teaches in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Far East.

Outside of academia, he has also worked on various quantitative-based consultancy projects in areas including the art market, the World Gold Council and has given seminars at the UK parliament.

Earn a certificate from LSE

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science – the world's leading social science university – and use it to validate your newfound ability to use data-driven models to inform managerial strategy and decision making.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 20 November 2019.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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