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Big data is the description used to encompass the huge amounts of data that is common to many businesses. It has been described as the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity in business. Read more

Big data is the description used to encompass the huge amounts of data that is common to many businesses. It has been described as the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity in business. It is essential for companies to embrace so that they can understand their customers better, develop new products and cut operational costs.

This course has been developed to create graduates who can become data scientists capable of working with the massive amounts of data now common to many businesses. It is aimed at people who want to move into this rapidly expanding and exciting area.

The modules on this course help you develop the core skills and expertise needed by the data scientist. The course can be split into three main areas, statistics, computing and management.

In the statistics section you study modules on data mining and data modelling. These modules cover the three main data areas, which are ensuring that data is reliable and of a high quality, searching the data to discover new information and presenting interpretations of that data to the end user.

The computing section covers areas related to data integration, massive datasets stored in the cloud, how data is stored and utilised within the distributed systems of an enterprise and how organisations can utilise data to change and improve business processes.

The management modules are focused on developing your core skills around professionalism and research. All of which are valuable skills during your university studies and in your career.

Our partnerships with business inform the course design, ensuring the content is relevant, up to date and meets the needs of industry. These partnerships also enable the inclusion of some leading edge software such as SAS, SAP Hana, and Hadroop within the course. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Key areas of study

Key areas of study include • data quality and analysis • technologies to store and mine data • professionalism and research

Professional recognition

This course includes the SAP Business Intelligence with SAP BW 7.3 and SAP BI 4.0 e-academy (UB130e). You also have the opportunity to sit the SAP certification exam and the SAS 9 base certification exam.

Sheffield Hallam is a member of the SAS Student Academy, the SAP Student Academy and founding member of the SAP University Alliance.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 or 18 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Core modules

  • research skills and principles
  • industrial expertise
  • data integration
  • statistical modelling
  • data mining
  • handling data in the cloud
  • big data and distributed systems
  • social and economic aspects of the cloud
  • advanced statistical modelling
  • dissertation

Options

Choose one from :

  • organisational dynamics
  • social and economic aspects of the cloud

Assessment

  • essays
  • assignments
  • computer-based tests
  • practical projects
  • presentations
  • vivas

Employability

Many jobs for data scientists, data analysts and data mining analysts are available with salaries ranging from £35,000 to £80,000.

Jobs typically list the skills to be in areas such as statistical analysis and machine learning techniques, database and programming technologies, and expertise in statistical theory, which are all areas you cover on this course.

You also gain skills and knowledge in HaDoop, MapReduce, Java, SAS, MSQL which are some of the common technologies used in data scientist roles.



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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 modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. Read more
The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. This data may not be fully structured but still contains valuable information that needs discovering, such as emerging opinions in social networks, consumer purchase behaviour, trends from search engines, and other patterns that emerge from such huge data sources.

These developments mean traditional applications are no longer appropriate to the processing and analysis of the amount of data available. Companies, such as Google, are leading the movement from a large-scale relational database reflecting the desire to analyse data automatically and on a larger scale than previously seen.

Course content

The course is designed to respond to critical skill shortages in the rapidly expanding field of Big Data. It offers a balance of practical skills combined with academic rigour in the field of Big Data. This is a unique offering which builds on the strengths and experience of Staffordshire University in delivering practical scholarship relevant to real world situations.

It is intended to assist students and career professionals enter and succeed in the growing, high demand analytics workforce. The course recognises and acknowledges the changing patterns in study including the growing demand for extended and distance learning modes of study and builds on the many years of experience the faculty has of delivering these modes.

As a full time student, you would study in the first semester:
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Data Harvesting and Data Mining
-Distributed Storage
-Distributed Processing

This first semester is concerned with those areas of big data fundamentals and is used to examine how big data is stored, processed and how an organisation can start to use tools to examine this data and start to improve businesses awareness of its customer base.

In the second semester you will study:
-Research Methods
-Virtualisation
-Big Data Applications
-Data Modelling and Analysis

This semester encompasses a module on how to manage big data within a network, a maths module on algorithms that are required to enhance big data and a module which will prepare you for the master project in the last semester. The last module will examine existing big data applications that can help get the most out of big data.

The final semester is a major research project. The actual content is open to discussion with the award leader and project supervisor must be a discipline related to Big Data.

On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of Big Data and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

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The Department of Computer Science at The University of Liverpool is delighted to announce the opportunity for Home and European students to receive industrial sponsorship to cover tuition fees for this programme. Read more
The Department of Computer Science at The University of Liverpool is delighted to announce the opportunity for Home and European students to receive industrial sponsorship to cover tuition fees for this programme. For more information visit our Postgraduate Funding Tool or contact Dr Martin Gairing.

The MSc in Big Data and High Performance Computing provides students with an in-depth understanding of big data analysis and processing using high performance computing technology. Run in conjuction with the STFC Hartree Centre, this MSc programme enables students to gain a specialist qualification in an area of computing that is in great demand worldwide.

Big data is commonly described as data that is so large that it cannot be readily processed using standard techniques. Our current global ability to collect data is such that “big data” sets are becoming common-place.

The most obvious example of this is the exponential growth of the World Wide Web; however there are many public and private enterprises where the analysis of large-scale data sets is critical to growth. Although significant computer power exists, the necessary skills-base is lagging behind the technology.

There is an employment gap looming in the field of big data, especially in the context of the skills required with respect to the application of High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities to address big data problems.

The MSc in Big Data and High Performance Computing is designed to address this anticipated skills gap and provide those completing the programme with the necessary abilities (abilities which will be highly desirable within the employment market) to address big data centric problems in the context of HPC.

The programme has been designed and operates in close collaboration with the Hartree High Performance Computing Centre and focuses on the practical application of Big Data and HPC technology.

The Hartree centre is underpinned by £37.5 million of Government investment and hosts the UK’s premier supercomputing environment. This partnership provides a unique and unrivalled MSc programme and ensures that students completing the programme have a ready route into employment, facilitated by commercial contacts provided as part of the individual project.

You may also be interested in our Big Data Management MSc, Geographic Data Science MSc and Risk and Uncertainty MSc. For more information visit http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

The programme is organised as two taught semesters followed by an individual project undertaken over either the summer or, if desired, during the following year of study. Within each semester students study a number of modules adding up to 60 credits per semester (120 in total). This will be followed by a project dissertation, also 60 credits, making an overall total of 180 credits.

Why Computer Science?

Excellent partnerships

The MSc in Big Data and High Performance Computing programme has been developed, and operates, in close collaboration with the STFC Hartree Centre at Daresbury. The Hartree centre is underpinned by £37.5 million off Government investment and hosts the UKs premier supercomputing environment. The Department of Computer Science at Liverpool provides for a wide range of Big data, HPC and related skills and experience. This partnership means that this programme is unique and unrivalled. The partnership also ensures that students completing the programme have a ready route into employment facilitated by commercial contacts provided as part of the individual project element of the programme, which will in most cases is conducted with respect to real commercial requirements.

State of the art teaching and research

MSc Students who pursue their postgraduate study within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool will be an integral part of a department that is internationally renowned for its advanced research and teaching. The Department came seventh nationally in the 2008 research assessment exercise.

The Department of Computer Science is organised into four main research groups:

Agents
Algorithmics
Logic and Computation
Economics and Computation
Together these groups provide a critical mass of expertise equal to the most complex challenges in Computer Science, within a setting that offers world-class research facilities and support.

Teaching

You will be taught by lecturers who are internationally known for their research. The MSc in Big Data and High Performance Computing is offered full-time on-campus.

The taught components of the programme offer a choice of contemporary computing topics, a strong theoretical basis and the opportunity to gain sound practical and critical analysis skills. The programme can be taken in the form of a single year (12 months) of study with the individual project being undertaken over the summer months, or alternatively the project can be undertaken in the following academic year.

The computing resources include an extensive integrated network of workstations running the Linux operating system and the X-Windows graphical interface, together with a large number of PCs running Microsoft Windows. Staff and students have easy access to high quality laser printing facilities and a range of specialist software.

Career prospects

The MSc in Big Data and High Performance Computing (HPC) is specifically designed to fill a "skills gap" in the employment market. More specifically it is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to allow them to apply Big Data and HPC concepts to real problems. The programme has been structured to facilitate the practical application of this "cutting-edge" technology to real-world problems. The intention is that at the end of the programme students will be able to apply the knowledge gained on the programme specifically to real-world big data and HPC problems. However, the programme is also designed to furnish students with a set of transferable skills that are of particular relevance across the IT industry.

The programme has been developed, and is delivered, in close collaboration with the Hartree Centre at Daresbury which operates the UK's largest supercomputer (capable of a thousand trillion calculations per second). Hartree have close links with industry, and provide assistance with respect to the group and final individual projects, the latter conducted in partnership with commercial and/or non-commercial organisations.

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What you will study. The MSc Data Science has six core taught modules divided into two streams. At the beginning of each stream you will be taught the fundamentals of applied statistics, computing technology, programming and data base systems. Read more

What you will study

The MSc Data Science has six core taught modules divided into two streams. At the beginning of each stream you will be taught the fundamentals of applied statistics, computing technology, programming and data base systems. Your existing analytical and technical skills will be developed to understand how to use the industry software used in the workplace, in turn preparing you for your individual research project.

Stream One: MSc Data Science

  • Applied statistics for data science
  • Data mining and statistical forecasting
  • Project management and research methodology

Stream Two: MSc Data Science

  • Principles of computing
  • Machine learning and decision making
  • Big data and analytics

Alongside these modules, you will complete an individual research project. Your project will be proposed and supported by local employers across a range of industries, including ONS Data Science Camps

Teaching

The MSc Data Science course is delivered through a series of lectures, practical classes and workshops where you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt via hands-on exercises and design projects. You will also be taught by a number of guest lecturers and have the option to visit workplaces.

The Data Science Masters offers a flexible approach to learning, allowing you to study full-time, part-time or through continuing professional development (CPD) for working professionals. The CPD route is an accessible pathway for employers to equip staff with further training opportunities to work towards a postgraduate qualification.

Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes each week. For those studying part-time, this is reduced to six hours each week.

You will be taught by active researchers and leading professionals exposing you to current real-world problems, methodologies, and industry-standard techniques and software.

 

Assessment

Several modules are assessed entirely through coursework and some involve coursework and in-class examinations.



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Data Science brings together computational and statistical skills and machine learning for data-driven problem solving. Read more

Data Science brings together computational and statistical skills and machine learning for data-driven problem solving. This rapidly expanding area includes deep learning, large-scale data analysis and has applications in e-commerce, search/information retrieval, natural language modelling, finance, bioinformatics and related areas in artificial intelligence.

About this degree

The programme comprises core machine learning methodology and an introduction to statistical science, combined with a set of more specialised and advanced options covering computing and statistical modelling. Projects are offered both within UCL Computer Science and from a range of industry partners.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), four optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Applied Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistical Data Science (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must choose 30 credits from Group One options. For the remaining 45 credits, students may choose up to 30 credits from Group Two options or up to 45 credits from Electives.

Group One Options (30 credits)

  • Advanced Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning (15 credits)
  • Birkbeck College: Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Information Retrieval and Data Mining (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Deep Learning (15 credits)
  • Machine Vision (15 credits)
  • Statistical Natural Language Processing (15 credits)
  • Web Economics (15 credits)

Group Two Options (up to 30 credits)

  • Applied Bayesian Methods (15 credits)
  • Decision and Risk (15 credits)
  • Forecasting (15 credits)
  • Statistical Design of Investigations (15 credits)

Electives (up to 45 credits)

  • Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction (15 credits)
  • Bioinformatics (15 credits)
  • Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging (15 credits)
  • Graphical Models (15 credits)
  • Stochastic Systems (15 credits)
  • Supervised Learning (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary, based on your selected options.

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

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered though a combination of lectures, seminars, class discussions and project supervision. Student performance is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination, coursework (much of which involves programming and/or data analysis), practical application, and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Data Science and Machine Learning MSc

Careers

Data science professionals are increasingly sought after as the integration of statistical and computational analytical tools becomes more essential to organisations. This is a very new degree and information on graduate destinations is not currently available. However, MSc graduates from across the department frequently find roles with major tech and finance companies including:

  • Google Deepmind
  • Microsoft Research
  • Dunnhumby
  • Index Ventures
  • Cisco
  • Deutsche Bank
  • IBM
  • Morgan Stanley

Employability

Students gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals required from the best practitioners, and the programme's broad base enables data scientists to adapt to rapidly evolving goals.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

UCL Computer Science staff have research interests ranging from foundational machine learning and large-scale data analysis to commercial aspect of business intelligence. Our extensive links to companies provide students with opportunities to carry out the research project with an industry partner.

The department also enjoys strong collaborative relationships across UCL; exposure to interdisciplinary research spanning UCL Computer Science and UCL Statistical Science will provide students with a broad perspective of the field. UCL is home to regular machine learning masterclasses and big data seminars.

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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Almost every communication or interaction that takes place in the world today involves a digital interface, whether this is a computer, a laptop, a mobile phone, a smartcard, a camera or a sensor. Read more

Almost every communication or interaction that takes place in the world today involves a digital interface, whether this is a computer, a laptop, a mobile phone, a smartcard, a camera or a sensor. All of the information form these myriad of these interactions is stored as data. All of this data can be mined to make better decisions, to make better systems, to do better research. 

Recent advances in computational power, machine intelligence and the massive growth of sources of data has led to the development of a new area study: Data Science. 

We are no longer looking at data about machine parts or airlines, or stocks and shares; we are looking at data about people and the word they inhabit. Jake Porway (Executive Director of DataKind) says: “A data scientist is a rare hybrid, a computer scientist with the programming abilities to build software to scrape, combine, and manage data from a variety of sources and a statistician who knows how to derive insights from the information within. S/he combines the skills to create new prototypes with the creativity and thoroughness to ask and answer the deepest questions about the data and what secrets it”. This programme is designed for such people.

This Data Science (DS) MSc programme is the evolution of the MSc Advanced Computer Science and is built around the strong skill base of experts in the Mathematics and Computer Science department.  The programme has been built illustrate how new technologies, cutting edge research and novel scientific perspectives can be used together to influence future society in significant and fundamental ways. 



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Data Science brings together computational and statistical skills for data-driven problem solving. Read more
Data Science brings together computational and statistical skills for data-driven problem solving. This rapidly expanding area includes machine learning, deep learning, large-scale data analysis and has applications in e-commerce, search/information retrieval, natural language modelling, finance, bioinformatics and related areas in artificial intelligence.

Degree information

The programme comprises core machine learning methodology and an introduction to statistical science, combined with a set of more specialised and advanced options covering computing and statistical modelling. Projects are offered both within UCL Computer Science and from a wide range of industry partners.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules
-Applied Machine Learning
-Introduction to Supervised Learning
-Introduction to Statistical Data Science

Optional modules - students choose a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 60 credits from the following optional modules:
-Cloud Computing (Birkbeck)
-Machine Vision
-Information Retrieval & Data Mining
-Statistical Natural Language Processing
-Web Economics

Students choose a minimum of 0 credits and a maximum of 30 credits from these optional Statistics modules:
-Statistical Design of Investigations
-Applied Bayesian Methods
-Decision & Risk

Students choose a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 15 credits from these elective modules:
-Supervised Learning
-Graphical Models
-Bioinformatics
-Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
-Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging
-Stochastic Systems
-Forecasting

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered though a combination of lectures, seminars, class discussions and project supervision. Student performance is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination, coursework (much of which involves programming and/or data analysis), practical application, and the research project.

Careers

Data science professionals are increasingly sought after as the integration of statistical and computational analytical tools becomes more essential to organisations. A thorough understanding of the fundamentals required from the best practitioners, and this programme's broad base, assists data scientists to adapt to rapidly evolving goals. This is a new degree and information on graduate destinations is not currently available. However, MSc graduates from across the department frequently find roles with major tech and finance companies including:
-Google Deepmind
-Microsoft Research
-Dunnhumby
-Index Ventures
-Last.fm
-Cisco
-Deutsche Bank
-IBM
-Morgan Stanley

Why study this degree at UCL?

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked UCL first in the UK for computer science. 61% of its research work is rated as world-leading and 96% as internationally excellent.

UCL Computer Science staff have research interests ranging from foundational machine learning and large-scale data analysis to commercial aspect of business intelligence. Our extensive links to companies provide students with opportunities to carry out the research project with an industry partner.

The department also enjoys strong collaborative relationships across UCL; and exposure to interdisciplinary research spanning UCL Computer Science and UCl Statistical Science will provide students with a broad perspective of the field. UCL is home to regular machine learning masterclasses and big data seminars.

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Demand is growing for high value data specialists across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities. The aim of this unique, modular, online distance learning programme is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science. Read more

Demand is growing for high value data specialists across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities. The aim of this unique, modular, online distance learning programme is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science.

The programme is designed to fully equip tomorrow’s data professionals, offering different entry points into the world of data science – across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities.

Students will develop a strong knowledge foundation of specific disciplines as well as direction in technology, concentrating on the practical application of data research in the real world.

You can study to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Development level.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You can study to an MSc, MSc with Medical Informatics specialism, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Development level.

These credits will be recognised in their own right for postgraduate level credits or may be put towards gaining a higher award such as a PgCert.

Learning outcomes

The modular course structure offers broad engagement at different career stages. Individual courses provide an understanding of modern data-intensive approaches while the programme provides the knowledge base to develop a career that majors in data science in an applied domain.

Career opportunities

This programme is intended for professionals wishing to develop an awareness of applications and implications of data intensive systems. Our aim is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science, through new technological skills and/or better ability to engage with data in target domains of application.



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This programme provides practical, career-orientated training in social science research methods, including research design, data collection and data analysis relating to both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry. Read more

This programme provides practical, career-orientated training in social science research methods, including research design, data collection and data analysis relating to both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry.

Students will have the opportunity to specialise in particular methodologies and to learn more about the application of these methodologies to illuminate important issues and debates in contemporary society.

Course Details

The programme is designed to provide a fundamental grounding in both quantitative and qualitative research skills, along with the opportunity to specialise in more advanced training in quantitative research, qualitative research or in practical applications of research techniques.

CORE MODULES:

Semester 1

Approaches to Social Research (20 CATS)

This module offers an introduction to the different styles of social science research as well as guidance and illustrations of how to operationalize research questions and assess them empirically. Students will be shown how to conduct systematic literature searches and how to manage empirical research projects. The module will also explore issues around the ethics of social science research as well as the connection between social science research and policy concerns. It is designed as preparation for undertaking postgraduate research and dissertation work.

Theory and Debates in Social Research (20 CATS)

This module aims to deepen students' understanding of key debates in social theory and research, providing advanced level teaching for those building upon basic knowledge and undertaking postgraduate research. It is designed to demonstrate and explore how social theory is utilised, critiqued and developed through the pursuit of social science research.

The Sources and Construction of Qualitative Data (10 CATS)

The purpose of this module is to illuminate the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research. The module will discuss the impact of various theories on the nature and conduct of qualitative research particularly around questions of epistemology and ontology. The role of different types of interviewing in qualitative research will be utilised in order to explore the relationship between theory and methods.

The Sources and Construction of Quantitative Data (10 CATS)

The aim of the module is to provide a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of measurement and constructing quantitative data in the social sciences. Through lectures and practical exercises, this module will provide students with relevant knowledge of secondary data sources and large datasets, their respective uses and usefulness, and their relevance for the study of contemporary social issues

Semester 2

Qualitative Data Analysis (10 CATS)

The module will provide students with an overview of different approaches to qualitative data analysis. It will include introductory training to this skill that includes such techniques as thematic analysis and discourse analysis, as well as computer assisted qualitative data analysis. It will provide the knowledge necessary for the informed use of the qualitative data analysis software package NVivo. The module gives students a base level introduction to the analytical and technical skills in qualitative data analysis appropriate to the production of a Master's dissertation and/or use of CAQDAS software for social science research purposes.

Quantitative Data Analysis: Foundational (10 CATS)

This module provides an introduction to the basics of quantitative data analysis. The module will begin with a brief review of basic univariate and bivariate statistical procedures as well as cover data manipulation techniques. The module is taught through a series of seminars and practical workshops. These two strands are interwoven within each teaching session. Please note that students may be granted an exemption from this module if they have already successfully completed a module that has the equivalent learning outcomes.

Quantitative Data Analysis: Intermediate (10 CATS)

This module advances students' confidence and knowledge in the use of SPSS. The module focuses on multivariate regression models, including the appropriate use and awareness of statistical assumptions underlying regression and the testing and refinement of such models.

Dissertation (60 CATS)

A dissertation of no more than 15,000 words on a topic relevant to social science research methods training. The thesis will involve either carrying out and reporting on a small social science research project which includes a full and considered description and discussion of the research methods employed or the discussion of a research issue or technique to a level appropriate for publication.

OPTIONAL MODULES (all 10 CATS)

We offer a range of advanced modules in quantitative and qualitative research methods, for example, logistic regression, internet-based research and visual research methods. We also provide specialist modules which reflect the teaching team’s diverse research interests, from the social logic of emotional life to conflict and change in divided societies. Optional modules generally run during the Spring semester and are offered subject to sufficient student demand and staff availability. Students will be able to choose a maximum of three to four option modules (depending on whether they need to complete Quantitative Data Analysis: Foundational). Please note that it is unlikely that all the following modules will be available for 2017/8. Please check with the Programme Director for queries about specific modules.

  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Social Science Research Online
  • Visual Research Methods
  • Longitudinal Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research
  • Researching Emotions and Social Life
  • University Research and Civil Society Organisations


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Our MSc in Big Data Analytics provides a foundation for you to pursue a career applying leading edge software analytics technology or conducting research in this vitally important field. Read more
Our MSc in Big Data Analytics provides a foundation for you to pursue a career applying leading edge software analytics technology or conducting research in this vitally important field. It will give you in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the key issues and concepts. You’ll develop powerful skills in the extraction, analysis and management of information from big data using a variety of scientific techniques and software tools.

One of the course’s key strengths is that it is designed in conjunction with SAS, the global leaders in data analytics, whose data mining and business intelligence platform is widely used in academia and industry. You’ll have the opportunity to gain SAS 9 base certification. We also boast strong links with employers through our research and high profile consultancy projects, ensuring that our teaching remains up-to-date and relevant.

You’ll be introduced to knowledge discovery, analysis and assessment of data extracted from structured and unstructured big datasets, visualisation and communication of results. You’ll process advanced knowledge and information, make deductions and form
conclusions. The practical skills you’ll develop include computer modelling and the design and analysis of big data sets. The broader
skills include communication, teamwork, management and the ability to use advanced quantitative methods.

As part of your studies, you’ll address real-world industry-based problems during supervised computer sessions and through independent work. This intellectually demanding process requires not only specialist knowledge of big data analytics, but also the ability to apply multidisciplinary concepts to today’s dynamic business and scientific areas.

With the MSc, you’ll be equipped for careers in business intelligence and data analytics in any type of industry, in consultancy or in entrepreneurship. The course also provides a foundation for progression to a PhD or MPhil, allowing you to pursue your research interests.

You’ll study modules such as:

Business Analytics with SAS
Statistical Techniques
Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods
Processing Big Data
Information Visualisation
Analytics: Ethics, Trusts and Governance
Comparative Analytics Tools
Natural Language Processing
Optimisation
Independent Scholarship

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The. MSc Data Analytics for Business. is developed with industry, this course will give you the analytical and technical skills needed to maximise the big data revolution. Read more

The MSc Data Analytics for Business is developed with industry, this course will give you the analytical and technical skills needed to maximise the big data revolution. You will learn key management techniques and how to apply these to improve practice.

This brand new course will engage you with the latest sector thinking. You will have access to our breadth of knowledge across the School of Science and Technology, and Nottingham Business School - giving you an exciting opportunity to enhance your skills and career progression.

The majority of this course is online learning with 3-day study blocks once every 12 weeks (running Thrusday-Saturday) where you would attend on campus and meet fellow colleagues. These dates will be scheduled in advance to help you to schedule your time accordingly.

Modules

  • Work-based project
  • Big data and its infrastructure
  • Practical machine learning methods for data mining
  • Statistical approaches to data analysis
  • Delivering value
  • Effective change management
  • Project conceptualisation and planning

The work-based project will provide you with a three to six-month project directly related and relevant to your business or company objectives. Working with the academic university team and in consultation with your employer, you will develop a unique project based on your workplace and academic study.

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Visit us on campus throughout the year, find and register for our next open event on http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgevents.



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Business Intelligence is basically about concepts and methods to improve business decision making by using fact-based support systems. Read more

Business Intelligence is basically about concepts and methods to improve business decision making by using fact-based support systems. Business Intelligence as a discipline is made up of several related activities, including data mining, analytical processing and business process improvement.

Expectations for MSc Economics and Business Adminstration - Business Intelligence

The programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of methods for analysing data to support decision-making and for improving business processes on the basis of business analytics. Furthermore, the programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about:

  • Methods for analysing data to support decision making
  • How to improve business processes on the basis of business analytics

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The courses of the programme will provide you with analytical skills to identify new business opportunities or identify inefficient business processes. The teaching form of the program encourages student participation and this in combination with the final thesis work will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND COURSES

1st semester: Prerequisite courses

During your first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

The course Business Analytics gives the student a set of tools and models that are essential for the design and evaluation of empirical investigations that can support decisions in the business intelligence area. Moreover, the course will cover major research tools including research design, experiments,response models and forecasting.

IS Development & Implementation in a Business Context introduces a range of methods and techniques that can be used to understand, plan and execute the processes in which information systems are developed, implemented, evaluated and modified to enable the student to participate in the development, acquisition and implementation of information systems.

Data Warehousing provides the student with knowledge about the wide variety of database management systems available for a data warehouse solution and how to choose a solution that is relevant for the business intelligence project in question.

SAS and SQL for Business Analytics provides the student with skills to conduct proper data analysis using some of the most flexible environments available. Focus will be on data management and data manipulation with the purpose to prepare for a statistical analysis.

2nd semester: Specialisation courses

During the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

Data Mining for Business Decisions teaches students how to work with large data-sets and how relationships in such data can be detected with the purpose to transform data into knowledge. Business applications cover a broad range from marketing to accounting, logistics and supply chain management.

In Advanced Market Research the focus is on analytical customer relationship management. The course is devoted to customer base analysis and predictive modelling with a primary focus on customer lifetime value and customer retention.

Supply Chain Management aims to provide an introduction and a framework of the design and operations of performance management in contemporary supply chains.

Project Management aims to introduce the contents of general project management competences and provide the students with skills to manage a BI project.

3rd semester: Electives at Aarhus BSS or abroad

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at the school during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

4th semester: Final thesis

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies. Read more
Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies.

This will be achieved by industry-led, research-informed, practice-based teaching and learning. Using industry-standard resources, you will apply the skills and knowledge gained to real-life project scenarios across industry, commerce and public sector.

The programme of study will include areas such as requirements capture, network design, evaluation, securing and optimisation, ranging from hardware configuration to protocol analysis and software definition. The programme will include research and scholarly activity in order to incorporate the latest thinking into the proposed solution.

What's covered in the course?

On this course, you will learn to:
-Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of advanced routing principles.
-Evaluate and apply advanced routing protocols for specific networking solutions.
-Evaluate a variety of routing techniques for a given network environment.
-Critically evaluate routing policy requirements for a network.
-Design and implement ethernet-based LANs. Ensuring security within the given environment.
-Apply mathematical analysis to use VLSM efficiently.
-Apply security considerations to the design and management of networks.
-Design/plan and implement LAN/WAN solutions which require switched hybrid.
-Critically assess SDN solutions in both the industry and research domains.
-Design an SDN-based network for a given system, identifying appropriate components and network structure.
-Implement an appropriate SDN controller to manage device configuration, and any other relevant network policies within an SDN network.
-Select, plan and implement an appropriate testing strategy to validate security requirements against a threat model.
-Critically evaluate the requirements for penetration testing, ethical hacking and effectively communicate security audit results to a variety of audiences.
-Design and conduct security assessment experiments to expose security vulnerabilities and to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate the resulting data to recommend remedial actions.
-Critically appraise the role of security testing within the wider context of continuous security improvements to the information assurance processes within the organisation.

Why choose us?

-The Centre for Cloud Computing houses the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an international reputation for delivering high-quality teaching, training and support acrossEurope, the Middle East and Africa.
-In six purpose-built rooms, the Centre also houses £500,000 of computer networking and communications equipment, together with more than £200,000 of web-based equipment and bookable resources.
-The course provides opportunities for you to engage in advanced studies using problem-based learning and flipped curricula strategies. You will work in groups and on your own to deliver solutions to industry-related problems and scenarios.
-The unique combination of employer-led, research-informed technical knowledge and practical experience on industry-standard resources makes our graduates more employable and sought after.
-The course encourages critical thinking and problem solving, giving you the opportunities for research.

Course in depth

All the modules are practice-based and learning is carried out in the labs. Each 20-credit module will have two hours contact, and you are expected to undertake approximately six additional hours of learning, research and assessment preparation for each module.

Assessment is carried out through presentations (both group and individual), timed tests and exams, written reports, research activity and publication of findings, and practical-based time assessments.

At the start of the course, there will be a three-week, full-time induction tool kit, comprising of a review of CCNA and associated technologies.

The course also provides the base knowledge for students to undertake the CCNA certification, and with an additional boot camp to undertake the individual CCNP certification exams.

Modules
-Information Security 20 credits
-Software Defined Network Engineering 20 credits
-Advanced Networking Systems 20 credits
-Network Management 20 credits
-Advanced Ethical Hacking 20 credits
-Research Methods 20 credits
-Project and placement 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

The University is eager to recognise students have made the effort to gain industry experience and stand out from the typical graduate. Thus, we offer a range of options for you to get extra awards and recognition for your work in industry.

We also have our Graduate+ programme, an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you’ve developed throughout the programme with broader employability attributes, which will enhance your employability options upon graduating.

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A solid, theoretical understanding of computer technology with plenty of attention for the wide range of ICT applications. The enormous and rapidly growing power of ICT is the main driving force shaping our modern society. Read more

A solid, theoretical understanding of computer technology with plenty of attention for the wide range of ICT applications.

The enormous and rapidly growing power of ICT is the main driving force shaping our modern society. This goes beyond the technical and economical aspects. ICT is also essential in research as all sciences benefit from the raw power of software in processing huge quantities of data. But how do we manage and control the complexity of modern software? How can we make the most of the opportunities? And, not to be forgotten, how can we secure the ICT infrastructures we so heavily rely on? The Master’s programme in Computing Science covers all these aspects.

We offer specialisations in each terrain: security, software, data and the mathematics at the base of it all. These are not, however, isolated disciplines. We also look at the interesting interplay between them. For example, by taking privacy into account when dealing with big data. And by doing a thorough analysis of newly designed software to prevent security breaches later. Thanks to a large number of optional courses, you can decide where you want your focus to be.

The job opportunities in computer science are excellent: many of our students get offered jobs before they’ve even graduated and almost all have positions within six months after graduating. Many of our graduates find jobs as systems builders, ICT specialists or ICT managers and a few continue as researchers.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/computingscience

Specialisations

- Cyber Security

You’ll learn to assess the security of existing ICT solutions, and how to develop more secure solutions for the future. This specialisation is offered in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology, meaning you get taught by many of the best cyber security experts in the country.

- Data Science

You’ll learn how to turn real-world data sets into tools and useful insights, with the help of software and algorithms. Radboud University and the iCIS research institute are leading in research on legal and privacy aspects of data science and on the societal and administrative impact of data science.

- Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

You’ll come to understand the fundamental mathematical concepts of computation and information in order to stretch the boundaries of computer technology. We’re the only specialisation in the country – and one of the few in the world – to focus on the theoretical and abstract playing field linking mathematics and computer science.

- Software Science

You’ll learn how to design high-level software that guarantees safety while controlling its complexity. At Radboud University, we are specialised in model based development. In other words, writing and testing code before they are unleashed in the real world or built into an expensive prototype.

- Societal Master's specialisations

You can either follow one of the above-mentioned research Master's specialisations as a whole (2 years), or you can combine the first year of the research specialisation with an additional year of one of the societal Master’s specialisations, namely:

- Science in Society

- Science, Management and Innovation

Why study Computing Science at Radboud University?

- All of our specialisations are closely related to the research carried out within the Institute for Computing and Information Science (iCIS).

- Our approach is pragmatic as well as theoretical. As an academic, we don’t just expect you to understand and make use of the appropriate tools, but also to program and develop your own.

- There are plenty of high profile companies in the vicinity such as Philips and ASML, where you could do an internship or the research for your Master’s project.

- Exceptional students who choose the Data Science specialisation have the opportunity to do a double degree in Computing Science together with the specialisation in Web and Language Interaction (Artificial Intelligence). This will take three instead of two years.

Career prospects

There is a serious shortage of well-trained information specialists. Often students are offered a job before they have actually finished their study. About 20% of our graduates choose to go on to do a PhD but most find jobs as systems builders, ICT specialists or ICT managers in the private sector or within government.

Our research in this field

The Institute for Computing and Information Science (iCIS) is the research institute that is connected to Radboud University. Within this institute there are three research sections:

- Model Based System Development

- Digital Security

- Intelligent Systems

Within each research section there are different departments/groups that have their own research. On the websites of the research sections you will find more information about their research, publications, the departments/groups and contact information.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/computingscience



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