Data Analysis for Management online certificate course

Course starts 14 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 October 2020
Course Starts:
14 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self–paced learning online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


As the world becomes more data driven, future-focused leaders need to develop the quantitative skills to inform corporate decision-making and managerial strategy. Guided by experts from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), this online certificate course empowers you with the knowledge and practical tools to understand, interpret, and communicate data relevant to your role and organisation.

Develop an understanding of how data-driven models can improve your ability to make decisions in a fast-paced world. Over the course of eight weeks you’ll participate in a capstone project and apply the techniques and concepts covered to extract business insights from a real data set. You’ll also gain experience using Tableau – an industry standard software – to visualise and report on insights extracted from data sets.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of data-driven models and data analysis techniques to make better business decisions

  • The ability to interpret data as well as communicate findings and business needs using leading data visualisation software, Tableau

  • A capstone project that will demonstrate your ability to manipulate, analyse, summarise, visualise, and report on insights extracted from data

Is this course for you?

This course will equip managers in any industry with the skills to make data-driven decisions for competitive advantage. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but some numerical literacy is advantageous, as well as a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel. You’ll be granted a student licence to download and use Tableau free of charge, for the duration of the course.

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

Expand your skill set to analyse, summarise, and report on insights extracted from data as you work through the weekly modules of this online certificate course.

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

Learn to make data-driven business decisions and earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 14 October 2020.

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    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 Advisor 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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.