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The increasing integration of technology into our lives has created unprecedented volumes of data on everyday social behaviour. Read more

The increasing integration of technology into our lives has created unprecedented volumes of data on everyday social behaviour. Troves of detailed social data related to choices, affiliations, preferences and interests are now digitally archived by internet service providers, media companies, other private-sector firms, and governments. New computational approaches based on machine learning, agent-based modelling, natural language processing, and network science have made it possible to analyse these data in ways previously unimaginable.

This is a chance to develop skills in computational techniques alongside a strong grounding in the principles and practice of contemporary social research. The programme’s quantitative methods training will help you harness complex data and use them to explore social theories and fundamental questions about societies. The programme’s theoretical and substantive training will introduce you to the principles of social inquiry and theories of human behaviour, and help you apply your technical skills to pressing social issues such as ethnic segregation in schools, income inequality, entrepreneurship, political change, and cultural diffusion.

Programme structure

During your first year you gain perspectives on the philosophy of social science, primers in the science of human decision-making, and frameworks for connecting individual behaviours to outcomes in social systems. You will also learn to apply advanced computational methods–including discrete choice modelling, social network analysis, agent-based simulation, and machine learning—to draw inferences about micro-level behaviours and macro-level outcomes.

With these building blocks in hand, you spend the third semester assembling critical knowledge of key theories and contemporary research in areas relevant to academic social science, government, and industry. During the third semester, you also have the option to study abroad at a partner institution.

In the final semester, you integrate the knowledge, skills, and theoretical approaches garnered in the first three semesters by writing a master’s thesis. As part of your thesis you conduct your own, original, computational research addressing a social scientific topic of your choosing.



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The MSc in Data Science will provide you with the technical and practical skills to analyse the big data that is the key to success in future business, digital media and science. Read more

The MSc in Data Science will provide you with the technical and practical skills to analyse the big data that is the key to success in future business, digital media and science.

The rate at which we are able to create data is rapidly accelerating. According to IBM, globally, we currently produce over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data a day. This ranges from biomedical data to social media activity and climate monitoring to retail transactions. These enormous quantities of data hold the keys to success across many domains from business and marketing to treating cancer or mitigating climate change.

The pace at which we produce data is rapidly outstripping our ability to analyse and use it. Science and industry are crying out for a new generation of data scientists who combine the statistical skills of data analysis and the computational skills needed to carry out this analysis on a vast scale.

The MSc in Data Science provides you with these skills. 

Studying this Masters, you will learn the mathematical foundations of statistics, data mining and machine learning, and apply these to practical, real world data.

As well as these statistical skills, you will learn the computational techniques needed to efficiently analyse very large data sets. You will apply these skills to a range of real world data, under the guidance of experts in that domain. You will analyse trends in social media, make financial predictions and extract musical information from audio files. 

The degree will culminate in a final project in which you will you can apply your skills and follow your specialist interests. You will do a novel analysis of a real world data of your choice. 

The programme includes:

  • A firm grounding in the theory of data mining, statistics and machine learning
  • Hands-on practical real world applications such as social media, biomedical data and financial data with Hadoop (used by Yahoo!, Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, IBM, Amazon, and many others), R and other specialised software
  • The opportunity to work with real-world software such as Apache

Modules & structure

You will study the following core modules:

You will also choose from an anually approved list of modules which may include:

Skills & careers

Data Science is one of the fastest growing sectors of employment internationally. Big Data is an important part of modern finance, retail, marketing, science, social science, medicine and government. 

The study of a combination of long established fields such as statistics, data mining, machine learning and databases with very modern and strongly related fields as big data management and analytics, sentiment analysis and social web mining, offers graduates an excellent opportunity for getting valuable skills in advanced data processing. 

This could lead to a variety of potential jobs including: 

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Mining Analyst
  • Big Data Analyst
  • Hadoop Developer
  • NoSQL Database Developer
  • R Programmer
  • Python Programmer
  • Researcher in Data Science and Data Mining

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.



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How do children learn to reason in increasingly abstract ways? How do they learn language with such remarkable speed and fluidity? How do children use their… Read more

How do children learn to reason in increasingly abstract ways? How do they learn language with such remarkable speed and fluidity? How do children use their reasoning and language skills to help them explain and understand people’s behaviour and emotions? Why does the amount of information that we can hold in mind at once increase from early childhood to adulthood? Why does children’s ability to control their own thinking, attention and behaviour improve as they get older? How does the development of children’s brains affect their behaviour, memory and ability to learn?

In this taught programme on Developmental Cognitive Science, you will learn how questions like these can be addressed using research techniques from several inter-related disciplines (e.g., Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Computational Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics).

This programme aims to enhance your understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people, from a cognitive science perspective. It also aims to equip you with the skills required to conduct independent scientific research that addresses key issues in developmental cognitive science.

The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of research expertise in developmental psychology and in cognitive science. This programme brings these two strands together focusing on a developmental cognitive science approach to both typical and atypical development in children and young people.

You will benefit from the breadth and strength of the interdisciplinary academic community at Edinburgh, for example by having the opportunity to select option courses and attend research seminars across different disciplines.

Programme structure

You will undertake the following:

Core courses (worth 100 credits in total):

  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R (10 credits)
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R (10 credits)
  • Psychological Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Current Topics in Psychological Research (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Research Methods for Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Seminar in Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Current Topics in Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Research Internship in Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)

2 option courses worth 20 credits in total:

  • Chosen from a wide range of courses relevant to Developmental Cognitive Science from Psychology or other disciplines, as approved by Programme Director (20 credits in total)

And a Dissertation in Developmental Cognitive Science (60 credits)

Learning outcomes

The overall aim of the proposed programme is to advance students’ understanding of how questions about developmental changes in children’s cognitive abilities can be addressed using scientific methods drawn from a range of fields, including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, computational modelling, neuroscience and linguistics. More specifically, the programme aims to:

  • enhance students’ understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people, from a cognitive science perspective
  • teach students how to conduct independent scientific research that addresses key issues in developmental cognitive science
  • provide advanced training in critical thinking skills

Students who successfully complete the programme will be able to:

  • carry out high quality original research in developmental cognitive science
  • evaluate published research studies in developmental cognitive science
  • make well-informed contributions to discussions about the interplay between developmental research and real-world applications/implications

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates from this programme include:

  • undertaking a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Science or in a related field
  • undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical or Educational Psychology (applicable only to students who have an accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology)
  • wide variety of careers where it is valuable to be able to use research skills, critical thinking skills and understanding of developmental processes to develop and evaluate practices and policies relating to children and young people – e.g. teaching, speech & language therapy, policy development in education, health and social care.

Scholarships and funding

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:



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About the MSc programme. The MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) aims to provide high-level training in the theory and application of modern statistical methods, with a focus on methods commonly used in the social sciences. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) aims to provide high-level training in the theory and application of modern statistical methods, with a focus on methods commonly used in the social sciences.

You will gain insights into the design and analysis of social science studies, including large and complex datasets, study the latest developments in statistics, and learn how to apply advanced methods to investigate social science questions.  

The programme includes two core courses which provide training in fundamental aspects of probability and statistical theory and methods, the theory and application of generalised linear models, and programming and data analysis using the R and Stata packages. These courses together provide the foundations for the optional courses on more advanced statistical modelling, computational methods and statistical computing. Options also include specialist courses from the Departments of Methodology, Economics, Geography and Social Policy. 

Research Stream

The Research stream is similar to the nine-month programme, but will include a dissertation component, extending the programme to twelve months.

Graduate destinations

There is a high demand for graduates with advanced statistics training and an interest in social science applications, and students on this programme have excellent career prospects. 

Potential employers include the public sector (the Office for National Statistics, government departments, universities), market research organisations, survey research organisations and NGOs. This programme would be ideal preparation for doctoral research in social statistics or quantitative social science.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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The range of pathways reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines including. Read more

The range of pathways reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines including:

  • business and management
  • health science
  • social sciences
  • geography
  • planning
  • computer science
  • and Mathematics.

We provide training in core data science skills, embedded in a disciplinary context provided by the pathway, and expect students to develop:

  • computational skills
  • data analytical skills.
  • data stewardship skills and knowledge
  • project design skills.

Aims

This innovative master's in data science is an opportunity for graduates from a broad range of disciplines to develop data science skills. Our goal is to help you develop into an agile, skilled data scientist, adept at working in variety of settings and able to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of interdisciplinary team work.

The range of pathways reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the course and we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines including:

  • business and management
  • health science
  • social sciences
  • geography
  • planning
  • computer science
  • mathematics

We provide training in core data science skills, embedded in a disciplinary context provided by the pathway, and will expect you to develop:

  • computational skills
  • data analytical skills
  • data stewardship skills and knowledge
  • project design skills

Course unit details

Through a set of core units you will develop a set of key data science skills. The core units are:

  • Machine Learning and Statistics (both semesters)
  • Understanding Databases
  • Data Husbandry
  • Professional Skills and Practice
  • Applications in Data Science

In semester 2 you will be able to specialise, choosing one of our five pathways and then writing a final dissertation. The pathways are:

  • Applied Urban Analytics
  • Computer Science Data Informatics
  • Management and Business
  • Mathematics
  • Social Analytics

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

There is an acute shortage of data scientists across the globe, so this qualification will provide a strong boost to your employability.



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Data is being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale – but 'big data' is of little use without 'big insight'. The skills required to develop such insight are in short supply and the shortage of skilled workers in the data analytics market is cited as a key barrier. Read more

About the course

Data is being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale – but 'big data' is of little use without 'big insight'. The skills required to develop such insight are in short supply and the shortage of skilled workers in the data analytics market is cited as a key barrier.

The Data Science and Analytics MSc programme provides these skills, combining a strong academic programme with hands-on experience of leading commercial technology – and the chance to gain industry certification.

You will develop both your critical awareness of the state-of-the-art in data science and the practical skills that help you apply data science more effectively in the business, science and social world.

The programme is run in conjunction with SAS, a market leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

Brunel's programme is unique in being the only current MSc programme that is fully integrated with SAS, providing the SAS base certification.

Aims

The Harvard Business Review calls data science the “sexiest job of the 21st century” – with demand for graduates with SAS skills rapidly rising across financial, retail and government sectors. Data science is now in vogue.

From government, social networks and ecommerce sites to sensors, smart meters and mobile networks, data is being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale – creating an expanding job market for qualified data analysts.

The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (e.g. SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). This experience is designed, in part, to develop skills in preparation for the SAS certification part of the programme.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Comprehend the key concepts and nuances of the disciplines that need to be synthesised for effective data science.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the challenges and issues arising from taking heterogeneous data at volume and scale, understanding what it represents and turning that understanding into insight for business, scientific or social innovation (i.e. data science).
Develop a practical understanding of the skills, tools and techniques necessary for the effective application of data science.
Apply a practical understanding of data science to problems in social, business and scientific domains.
Evaluate the effectiveness of applied data science in relation to the issues addressed.

Course Content

Your studies on the course will cover the modules listed below. The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (e.g. SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). That experience is designed, in part, to develop skills for the SAS certification that partners the programme.

Typical Modules:

Digital Innovation
Quantitative Data Analysis
High Performance Computational Infrastructures
Systems Project Management
Big Data Analytics
Research Methods
Data Visualisation
Learning Development Project
Dissertation

Special Features

SAS Certification
As an integral part of the programme, you will gain hands-on experience of commercial SAS tools – SAS being the market leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.
You will have the opportunity to obtain SAS certification (e.g. SAS Base Programming) which is a recognised industry qualification, following a two week SAS certification ‘boot camp’ preparation course.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Teaching

Module are typically presented in a mixture of lecture and seminar/lab format. However, where appropriate other teaching methods will also be incorporated. All our learning environments are supported by the market leader in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), the BlackboardLearn system.

Assessment

Your learning will be evaluated through a combination of in module assessments and more traditional exams, with module specific assessments – for example, presentations within the Learning Development Project.

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The techniques we use to model and manipulate data guide the political, financial and social decisions that shape our modern society and are the basis of growth of the economy and success of businesses. Read more
The techniques we use to model and manipulate data guide the political, financial and social decisions that shape our modern society and are the basis of growth of the economy and success of businesses. Technology is growing and evolving at an incredible speed, and both the rate of growth of data we generate and the devices we use to process it can only increase.

Data science is a growing and important field of study with a fast-growing number of jobs and opportunities within the private and public sector. The application of theory and methods to real-world problems and applications is at the core of data science, which aims especially to use and to exploit big data.

If you are interested in solving real-world problems, you like to develop skills to use smart devices efficiently, you want to use and to foster your understanding of mathematics, and you are interested and keen to use statistical techniques and methods to interpret data, MSc Data Science at Essex is for you. You study a balance of solid theory and practical application including:
-Computer science
-Programming
-Statistics
-Data analysis
-Probability

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

You also benefit from being taught in our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, who are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of their research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

The collaborative work between our departments has resulted in well-known research in areas including artificial intelligence, data analysis, data analytics, data mining, data science, machine learning and operations research.

Our expert staff

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences is a small but influential department, so our students and staff know each other personally. You never need an appointment to see your tutors and supervisors, just knock on our office doors – we are one of the few places to have an open-door policy, and no issue is too big or small.

The academic staff in our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering are conducting world-leading research in areas such as evolutionary computation, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent inhabited environments and financial forecasting.

Specialist staff working on data analytics include Dr Paul Scott, who researches data mining, models of memory and attention, and artificial intelligence, and Professor Maria Fasli, who researches data exploration, analysis and modelling of complex, structured and unstructured data, big data, cognitive agents, and web search assistants.

Specialist facilities

-Unique to Essex is our renowned Maths Support Centre, which offers help to students, staff and local businesses on a range of mathematical problems. Throughout term-time, we can chat through mathematical problems either on a one-to-one or small group basis
-We have our own computer labs for the exclusive use of students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences – in addition to your core maths modules, you gain computing knowledge of software including Matlab and Maple
-We have six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students
-All computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-You have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET)
-We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors
-We host regular events and seminars throughout the year
-Collaborate with the Essex Institute of Data Analytics and Data Science (IADS) and the ESRC Business and Local Government (BLoG) Data Research Centre of the University of Essex
-The UK Data Archive and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex contribute to our internationally outstanding data science environment

Your future

With a predicted shortage of data scientists, now is the time to future-proof your career. Data scientists are required in every sector, carrying out statistical analysis or mining data on social media, so our course opens the door to almost any industry, from health, to government, to publishing.

Our graduates are highly sought after by a range of employers and find employment in financial services, scientific computation, decision making support and government, risk assessment, statistics, education and other sectors.

We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Dissertation. We have an international reputation in many areas such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology, and our staff are strongly committed to research and to the promotion of graduate activities.

We additionally work with our Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Dissertation (optional)
-MSc Project and Dissertation (optional)
-Applied Statistics
-Machine Learning and Data Mining
-Modelling Experimental Data
-Text Analytics
-Artificial Neural Networks (optional)
-Bayesian Computational Statistics (optional)
-Big-Data for Computational Finance (optional)
-Combinatorial Optimisation (optional)
-High Performance Computing (optional)
-Natural Language Engineering (optional)
-Nonlinear Programming (optional)
-Professional Practice and Research Methodology (optional)
-Programming in Python (optional)
-Information Retrieval (optional)
-Data Science and Decision Making (optional)
-Research Methods (optional)
-Statistical Methods (optional)
-Stochastic Processes (optional)

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The Data Science and Computational Intelligence MSc has been designed to provide an industry-relevant programme that meets the needs of individuals wishing to pursue a research and development career in data science and computational intelligence. Read more
The Data Science and Computational Intelligence MSc has been designed to provide an industry-relevant programme that meets the needs of individuals wishing to pursue a research and development career in data science and computational intelligence.

Students will acquire knowledge, skills and expertise required for the analysis, interpretation and visualisation of complex, high-volume, high-dimensional and structured/unstructured data from varying sources. The programme will be delivered through activity-led and problem-based learning in the context of current research or industrial consultancy projects conducted by the academics teaching on the course. Students will explore cutting-edge research topics and technologies in order to maximise their professional career prospects.

The course has a carefully designed set of options that allows the individual to customise their programme of study according to their preferences, strengths and future plans.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

If you choose this course you will benefit from the excellent modern facilities including specialist computing labs with high-performance hardware and industry-standard software. There will be opportunities for joint projects with local companies, guest lectures and interacting with employers. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in projects pursued by our research groups in: Computational Intelligence; Intelligent Information Modelling and retrieval; Distributed Systems and Modelling; Interactive Worlds; Digital Security and Forensics and Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies. Every year our students present their best work at the yearly Computing Show which attracts abundance of potential employers. You will work in collaborative international environment, which reflects the globalised nature of the computing industries. You can also get involved in variety of extra curricula activities including social events, trips and computing.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Mandatory study topics
-Artificial Neural Networks (15 credits)
-Machine Learning and Data Mining (15 credits)
-Fuzzy Logic and Evolutionary Computing (15 credits)
-Intelligent Information retrieval (15 credits)
-Business Intelligence and Big Data Processing (15 credits)
-Cloud Computing and Distributed Technologies (15 credits)
-Project dissertation (60 credits)

The remainder of the programme is bespoke, made up of topics from areas such as:
-IT Project Management (15 credits)
-Internet Systems Development (15 credits)
-Open Systems Application Development (15 credits)

The Data Science and Computational Intelligence postgraduate programme includes the completion of an individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, the MSc project serves to provide a method of applying previous learning whilst further developing the skills necessary to carry out research and facilitate the acquisition of valuable professional experience integral to that of a computer professional.

The MSc project serves to integrate and apply the subjects studied. The project could be industry-based or undertaken in collaboration with one of the University research groups, within the cognate area of this MSc.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The course presents existing opportunities in pursuing careers as data scientists, data professionals and data analysts in variety of sectors including financial services, retail, marketing, customer and business intelligence. On Completion of the course, graduates should be equipped with sought after, specialist knowledge and skills by industries which deal with very large volumes of data.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This intensive programme in data science and software engineering is designed for graduates who are new to computer science and provides an excellent grounding for working as a data scientist or analyst in industry. Read more
This intensive programme in data science and software engineering is designed for graduates who are new to computer science and provides an excellent grounding for working as a data scientist or analyst in industry. You will gain a broad knowledge of computing and acquire programming and data analysis skills, as well as comprehensive, practical problem-solving and analytical skills. You will also critically explore current research and methodologies and have the opportunity to investigate an area of current research in more depth via a project.

If you are new to computer science, this programme provides a solid foundation for a career in IT as a data scientist or analyst. For those already working in IT, the programme is an ideal opportunity to strengthen and update your knowledge and skills in the areas of data science and software engineering, while obtaining a formal Master's qualification.

This programme has been funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), as part of an innovative initiative to fund conversion courses in computing and engineering. This course uniquely enables students without any previous computer or data science experience at undergraduate level to study towards a Master's degree in this area of emerging importance. Crucially, the course covers both data science and software engineering, a combination of skills sought after in industry.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

This programme is ideal if you are new to computer science and want to develop a career in IT as a data scientist or analyst.
Our Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is one of the longest-established in the world - we are celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2017.
We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment, with academic specialists in all fields, including information and knowledge management, web and pervasive technologies, computational intelligence, and information systems development, among others.
Our research dates back to the late 1940s, when one of the first electronic computers was developed at Birkbeck by Dr Andrew Booth. We now house the Computational Intelligence Research Group and the Information Management and Web Technologies Research Group, both of which collaborate with other research groups and with industry, in the UK and abroad, and undertake interdisciplinary research in the life, natural and social sciences, and the humanities.
We are also part of the London Knowledge Lab, a unique collaboration between Birkbeck and the UCL Institute of Education, which brings together computer and social scientists to explore how we learn, the role of technology in this process, and how technology relates to broader social, economic and cultural factors.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

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The Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) is a world-leading institute dedicated to the theoretical and empirical study of adaptive processes in both artificial and biological systems. Read more

The Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) is a world-leading institute dedicated to the theoretical and empirical study of adaptive processes in both artificial and biological systems. We are one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious academic teams in these fields.

We foster world-class interdisciplinary and collaborative research bringing together a range of disciplines.

Our research falls into three areas:

  • machine learning
  • computational neuroscience
  • computational biology

In machine learning we develop probabilistic methods that find patterns and structure in data, and apply them to scientific and technological problems. Applications include areas as diverse as astronomy, health sciences and computing.

In computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics we study how the brain processes information, and analyse and interpret data from neuroscientific experiments

The focus in the computational biology area is to develop computational strategies to store, analyse and model a variety of biological data (from protein measurements to insect behavioural data).

Training and support

You carry out your research within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups and may also attend lectures that are relevant to your research topic. Periodic reviews of your progress will be conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up in 2008 to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

The research you will undertake at ANC is perfectly suited to a career in academia, where you’ll be able to use your knowledge to advance this important field. Some graduates take their skills into commercial research posts, and find success in creating systems that can be used in everyday applications.



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This exciting and challenging programme studies how data can be utilised to solve major business and societal challenges. The programme provides students with the knowledge, technical ability and skills for leadership roles in the fields of business analytics and data science. Read more

This exciting and challenging programme studies how data can be utilised to solve major business and societal challenges. The programme provides students with the knowledge, technical ability and skills for leadership roles in the fields of business analytics and data science.

About this degree

The programme is designed to give students multidisciplinary skills in computing (i.e. programming, big data), analytics (i.e. data mining, machine learning, computational statistics, complexity), and business analysis. Emphasis will be on business problem framing, leveraging data as a strategic asset, and communicating complex analytical results to stakeholders.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), four or five optional modules (60 to 75 credits), up to one elective module (15 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Business Strategy and Analytics (15 credits)
  • Data Analytics (15 credits)
  • Programming for Business Analytics (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must choose a minimum of 60 and a maxuimum of 75 credits from Optional modules. A maximum of 15 credits may be taken from Electives.

  • Consulting Psychology (15 credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Data Science for Spatial Systems (15 credits)
  • Decision and Risk (15 credits)
  • Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)
  • Group Mini Project: Digital Visualisation (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Statistical Design of Investigations (15 credits)
  • Statistical Models and Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Talent Management (15 credits)
  • Urban Simulation (15 credits)
  • Web Economics (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.

Dissertation/report

During the summer students will undertake a work placement with a UCL industrial partner. The research and data analysis conducted during this placement will form the basis of a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by world-class academics and industry leaders, seminars, workshops, tutorials and project work. The programme comprises two terms of taught material, followed by examinations and then a project. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework and the dissertation. 

Further details are available on UCL Computer Science website.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Business Analytics (with specialisation in Computer Science) MSc

Careers

Graduates of UCL Computer Science are particularly valued due to the department's international status and strong reputation for leading research. Recent graduate destinations include such companies as: IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Citibank.

Employability

This programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for exceptional data scientists and analysts. Graduates will be highly employable in global companies and high-growth businesses, finance and banking organisations, major retail and service companies, and consulting firms. They will be equipped to influence strategy and decision-making, and be able to drive business performance by transforming data into a powerful and predictive strategic asset. We expect our graduates to progress to leading and influential positions in industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is a global leader in research in experimental computer science. The department scored highest among UK universities for the quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 96% regarded as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The department consists of a team of world-class academics specialising in big data, computational statistics, machine learning and complexity.

The programme aims to create the next generation of outstanding academics and industry pioneers, who will use data analysis to deliver real social and business impact.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Data science is the study of the computational principles, methods, and systems for extracting and structuring knowledge from data; and the application and use of those principles. Read more

Data science is the study of the computational principles, methods, and systems for extracting and structuring knowledge from data; and the application and use of those principles. Large data sets are now generated by almost every activity in science, society, and commerce - ranging from molecular biology to social media, from sustainable energy to health care.

As an MSc Data Science student you will explore how to efficiently find patterns in these vast streams of data. Many research areas have tackled parts of this problem. Machine learning focuses on finding patterns and making predictions from data; ideas from algorithms and databases are required to build systems that scale to big data streams; and separate research areas have grown around different types of unstructured data such as text, images, sensor data, video, and speech.

Programme structure

You follow two taught semesters of lectures, tutorials, project work and written assignments, after which you will learn research methods before individual supervision for your project and dissertation.

Compulsory courses

  • Informatics Research Review
  • Informatics Project Proposal
  • Dissertation

You are also required to take a breadth of courses in data science, with at least one in each of the following areas:

  • Machine Learning, Statistics and Optimization
  • Databases and Data Management
  • Applications

You can take up to two courses from other schools.

Learning outcomes

The School of Informatics' MSc in Data Science is designed to attract students who want to establish a career as a data scientist in industry or the public sector, as well as students who want to explore the area prior to further training such as in our CDT in Data Science.

The learning objectives of the degree are to foster:

  • A breadth of knowledge across the data science areas
  • An advanced technical background in at least one of the data science areas
  • An appreciation for real-world problems involving the use of data in industry, science, and the public sector
  • Research experience in one of the data science areas.

Career opportunities

You will develop specialist, advanced skills in data science methods and their applications. You will gain practical experience and a thorough theoretical understanding of the field, making you attractive to a wide range of employers or preparing you for further academic study.



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Our Computer Science MPhil and PhD programme gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. Read more
Our Computer Science MPhil and PhD programme gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. Your research will be supported by an experienced computer scientist within a research group and with the support of a team of advisers.

Research supervision is available under our six research areas, reflecting our strengths, capabilities and critical mass.

Advanced Model-Based Engineering and Reasoning (AMBER)

The AMBER group aims to equip systems and software engineering practitioners with effective methods and tools for developing the most demanding computer systems. We do this by means of models with well-founded semantics. Such model-based engineering can help to detect optimal, or defective, designs long before commitment is made to implementations on real hardware.

Digital Interaction Group (DIG)

The Digital Interaction Group (DIG) is the leading academic research centre for human-computer interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp) research outside of the USA. The group conducts research across a wide range of fundamental topics in HCI and Ubicomp, including:
-Interaction design methods, eg experience-centred and participatory design methods
-Interaction techniques and technologies
-Mobile and social computing
-Wearable computing
-Media computing
-Context-aware interaction
-Computational behaviour analysis

Applied research is conducted in partnership with the DIG’s many collaborators in domains including technology-enhanced learning, digital health, creative industries and sustainability. The group also hosts Newcastle University's cross-disciplinary EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics, which focusses on the use of digital technologies for innovation and delivery of community driven services. Each year the Centre awards 11 fully-funded four-year doctoral training studentships to Home/EU students.

Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS)

ICOS carries out research at the interface of computing science and complex biological systems. We seek to create the next generation of algorithms that provide innovative solutions to problems arising in natural or synthetic systems. We do this by leveraging our interdisciplinary expertise in machine intelligence, complex systems and computational biology and pursue collaborative activities with relevant stakeholders.

Scalable Computing

The Scalable Systems Group creates the enabling technology we need to deliver tomorrow's large-scale services. This includes work on:
-Scalable cloud computing
-Big data analytics
-Distributed algorithms
-Stochastic modelling
-Performance analysis
-Data provenance
-Concurrency
-Real-time simulation
-Video game technologies
-Green computing

Secure and Resilient Systems

The Secure and Resilient Systems group investigates fundamental concepts, development techniques, models, architectures and mechanisms that directly contribute to creating dependable and secure information systems, networks and infrastructures. We aim to target real-world challenges to the dependability and security of the next generation information systems, cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructures.

Teaching Innovation Group

The Teaching Innovation Group focusses on encouraging, fostering and pursuing innovation in teaching computing science. Through this group, your research will focus on pedagogy and you will apply your research to maximising the impact of innovative teaching practices, programmes and curricula in the School. Examples of innovation work within the group include:
-Teacher training and the national Computing at School initiative
-Outreach activities including visits to schools and hosting visits by schools
-Participation in national fora for teaching innovation
-Market research for new degree programmes
-Review of existing degree programmes
-Developing employability skills
-Maintaining links with industry
-Establishing teaching requirements for the move to Science Central

Research Excellence

Our research excellence in the School of Computing Science has been widely recognised through awards of large research grants. Recent examples include:
-Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data Doctoral Training Centre
-Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics
-Wellcome Trust and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Grant: a £10m project to look at novel treatment for epilepsy, confirming our track record in Systems Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics.

Accreditation

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

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Computer Science is one of the drivers of technological progress in all economic and social spheres. Those graduating with an M.Sc. Read more

About Computer Science

Computer Science is one of the drivers of technological progress in all economic and social spheres. Those graduating with an M.Sc. in Computer Science are specialists in at least one field of computer science who have wide-ranging science-based methodological expertise.
Graduates are able to define, autonomously and comprehensively, computer science problems and their applications, structure them and build abstract models. Moreover, they are able to define and implement solutions that are at the state of the art of technology and science.

Features

– A broad, international and relevant selection of courses
– As a student, you will work on cutting-edge research projects
– Individual guidance in small learning groups
– Excellent enterprise relations maintained by the chairs and institutes
– Numerous partnerships with universities throughout the world, including a double degree programme with the Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon (INSA)

Syllabus

The programme offers the following five focus modules:
1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling
2) Programming and Software Systems
3) Information and Communication Systems
4) Intelligent Technical Systems
5) IT Security and Reliability
1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling: This module teaches you about determinstic and stochastic algorithms, their implementation, evaluation and optimisation. You will acquire advanced knowledge of computer-based mathematical methods – particularly in the areas of algorithmic algebra and computational stochastics – as well as developing an in-depth expertise in mathematical modelling and complexity analysis of discrete and continuous problems.
2) Programming and Software Systems: This module imparts modern methods for constructing large-scale software systems, as well as creating and using software authoring, analysis and optimisation tools. In this module you will consolidate your knowledge of the various programming paradigms and languages, the structure of language processing systems, and learn to deal with parallelism in program procedures.
3) Information and Communication Systems: In this module you will study the interactions of the classic computer science areas of information systems and computer networks. This focus area represents an answer to the problem of increasing volume and complexity of worldwide information distribution and networks, and for the growing requirements on quality and performance of computer communication. Additionally, you will learn to transfer database results to multimedia data.
4) Intelligent Technical Systems: In this module you are acquainted with digital image and signal processing, embedded systems and applications of intelligent technical systems in industrial and assistance systems, which are necessary for production automation and process control, traffic control, medical and building technology. You will learn to develop complex applications using computer systems and deal with topics such as image reconstruction, camera calibration, sensor data fusion and optical measurement technology.
5) IT Security and Reliability: This module group is concerned with security and reliability of IT systems, e.g. in hardware circuitry and communication protocols, as well as complex, networked application systems. To ensure the secure operation of these systems you will learn design methodology, secure architectures and technical implementation of the underlying components.

Language requirements

Unless English is your native language or the language of your secondary or undergraduate education, you should provide an English language certificate at level B2 CEFR, e.g. TOEFL with a minimum score of 567 PBT, 87 iBT or ITP 543 (silver); IELTS starting from 5.5; or an equivalent language certificate.

To facilitate daily life in Germany, it would be beneficial for you to have German language skills at level A1 CEFR (beginner’s level). If you do not have any German skills when starting out on the programme, you will complete a compulsory beginner’s German course during your first year of study.

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Data science is the study of the computational principles and systems for extracting knowledge from data, for maintaining data, and for ensuring its quality. Read more

Data science is the study of the computational principles and systems for extracting knowledge from data, for maintaining data, and for ensuring its quality. Large data sets are now generated by almost every activity in science, society and commerce.

This EPSRC-sponsored programme tackles the question: how can we efficiently find patterns in these vast streams of data?

Many research areas in informatics are converging on the problem of data science. Those represented in the School include machine learning, artificial intelligence, databases, data management, optimization and cluster computing; and also the unstructured data issues generated in areas such as natural language processing and computer vision.

Our programme will allow you to specialise and perform advanced research in one of these areas, while gaining breadth and practical experience throughout data science.

A short sample of our research interests includes:

  • machine learning applied to problems in biology, astronomy, computer science, engineering, health care, and e-commerce
  • database theory and technology for managing unstructured data and for maintaining trust in data
  • big data and management of streaming data
  • management of unstructured data, including natural language processing, speech processing, and computer vision

Many more topics can be found by exploring the Centre’s web pages, particularly the personal web pages of the Centre supervisors:

You will be supervised by one of our 58 world-renowned faculty. You will also benefit from interacting with a group of 35 leading industrial partners, including Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

This will ensure your research is informed by real world case studies and will provide a source of diverse internship opportunities. Moreover we believe that key research insights can be gained by working across the boundaries of conventional groupings.

Training and support

The MScR is the first part of a longer 1+3 (MSc by Research + PhD) programme offered by the School through the EPSRC.

Our four-year PhD programme combines masters level coursework and project work with independent PhD-level research.

In the first year, you will undertake six masters level courses, spread throughout machine learning, databases, statistics, optimization, natural language processing, and related areas. You will also undertake a significant introductory research project. (Students with previous masters-level work in these areas may request to take three courses and a larger project, instead of six courses.)

At the end of the first year, successful students will be awarded an MSc by Research. From this basis, the subsequent three years will be spent developing and pursuing a PhD research project, under the close supervision of your primary and secondary supervisors.

You will have opportunities for three to six month internships with leading companies in your area, and to participate in our industrial engagement programme, exchanging ideas and challenges with our sponsor companies.

Throughout your studies, you will participate in our regular programmes of seminars, short talks and brainstorming sessions, and benefit from our pastoral mentoring schemes.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

Our research groups contain a diverse range of compute clusters for compute and data-intensive work, including a large cluster hosted by the Edinburgh Compute and Data Facility.

More broadly, the award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

We intend for our graduates to become the research leaders, both in industry and academia, whose work will lead the way in data science. This vision is shared by our industrial supporters, whose support for our internship programme indicates their strong desire to find highly qualified new employees.

You will be part of a new generation of data scientists, with the technical skills and interdisciplinary awareness to become R&D leaders in this emerging area.

Our component research groups already have excellent track-records in post-graduation destinations, including the research labs of industry-leading companies, and post-doctoral research positions in top tier universities.



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