We are surrounded by data. The variety and amount we collect and store grows every day, from the simplest of retail transactions to the complex and intimate medical records of millions.
Why do we store data? Where do we store it? How do we retrieve it? What do we use it for?
There is an increasing demand for individuals who can manage and control the way data is used. These individuals require an understanding of computer science and mathematics as well as a range of sector specific skills which can be applied in a variety of business environments.
The Data Science and Analytics MSc is a highly flexible course which offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including analysing structured and unstructured data, analysing large datasets and critically evaluating results in context, through a combination of compulsory and optional modules. By choosing appropriate modules you can follow specific pathways, in business management, healthcare or geographic information systems (GIS), which will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your background and needs.
The course combines expertise from the Schools of Computing, Geography and Mathematics with that of Leeds University Business School and the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics. This collaboration allows you to benefit from a range of data science perspectives and applications, supporting you to tailor your learning to your career ambitions.
The programme will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in data science.
Students on this programme will be benefit from being taught by experts from different academic units: the School of Mathematics (SoM); the School of Computing (SoC); the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics (YCHI); the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FoM); the School of Geography (SoG) and Leeds University Business School (LUBS).
Modules are available from each of these areas and in addition there are three new modules available in the SoM for students who are not from a mathematics/statistics background, while modules in the SoC will be suitable for students on this programme who are not from a computer science background.
The programme will therefore expose students to different perspectives on data science, including the mathematical and computational underpinnings of the subject and practical understanding of application in a specific context. In particular, we anticipate many projects for the dissertation will span at least two units with joint supervision. As well as emphasizing the application nature of the programme, the dissertation will feature strongly data elucidation, analysis, and interpretation of real-world problems.
Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects.
Assessment is by a range of methods, including formal examination, assignments, coursework, reports and practical activities.
There is increasing demand for individuals who can manage and control the way data is used. These individuals require an understanding of computer science and mathematics as well as a range of sector specific skills.
The emerging era of ‘big data’ brought about by the digital technology revolution shows no signs of abating. In this era, demand for data scientists will continue to grow, with one report forecasting a shortage of 140,000 – 190,000 data scientists by 2018 in the US alone.
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MSc in Data Science aims to equip students with a solid grounding in data science concepts and technologies for extracting information and constructing knowledge from data. Students of the MSc Data Science will study the computational principles, methods, and systems for a variety of real world applications that require mathematical foundations, programming skills, critical thinking, and ingenuity. Development of research skills will be an essential element of the Data Science programme so that students can bring a critical perspective to current data science discipline and apply this to future developments in a rapidly changing technological environment.
The MSc Data Science programme focuses on three core technical themes: data mining, machine learning, and visualisation. Data mining is fundamental to data science and the students will learn how to mine both structured data and unstructured data. Students will gain practical data mining experience and will gain a systematic understanding of the fundamental concepts of analysing complex and heterogeneous data. They will be able to manipulate large heterogeneous datasets, from storage to processing, be able to extract information from large datasets, gain experience of data mining algorithms and techniques, and be able to apply them in real world applications. Machine learning has proven to be an effective and exciting technology for data and it is of high value when it comes to employment. Students of the Data Science programme will learn the fundamentals of both conventional and state-of-the-art machine learning techniques, be able to apply the methods and techniques to synthesise solutions using machine learning, and will have the necessary practical skills to apply their understanding to big data problems. We will train students to explore a variety visualisation concepts and techniques for data analysis. Students will be able to apply important concepts in data visualisation, information visualisation, and visual analytics to support data process and knowledge discovery. The students of the Data Science programme also learn important mathematical concepts and methods required by a data scientist. A specifically designed module that is accessible to students with different background will cover the basics of algebra, optimisation techniques, statistics, and so on. More advanced mathematical concepts are integrated in individual modules where necessary.
The MSc Data Science programme delivers the practical components using a number of programming languages and software packages, such as Hadoop, Python, Matlab, C++, OpenGL, OpenCV, and Spark. Students will also be exposed to a range of closely related subject areas, including pattern recognition, high performance computing, GPU processing, computer vision, human computer interaction, and software validation and verification. The delivery of both core and optional modules leverage on the research strength and capacity in the department. The modules are delivered by lecturers who are actively engaged in world leading researches in this field. Students of the Data Science programme will benefit from state-of-the-art materials and contents, and will work on individual degree projects that can be research-led or application driven.
Modules for the MSc Data Science programme include:
- Visual Analytics
- Data Science Research Methods and Seminars
- Big Data and Data Mining
- Big Data and Machine Learning
- Mathematical Skills for Data Scientists
- Data Visualization
- Human Computer Interaction
- High Performance Computing in C/C++
- Graphics Processor Programming
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Modelling and Verification Techniques
- Operating Systems and Architectures
The Department of Computer Science is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, our Computer Science students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.
As part of the expansion of the Department of Computer Science, we are building the Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus for computer science and mathematical science.
- Data Analyst
- Data mining Developer
- Machine Learning Developer
- Visual Analytics Developer
- Visualisation Developer
- Visual Computing Software Developer
- Database Developer
- Data Science Researcher
- Computer Vision Developer
- Medical Computing Developer
- Informatics Developer
- Software Engineer