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Big Data Analytics - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Our MSc Big Data Analytics programme is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the new field of big data analytics from a computing perspective. Data is being generated on an exponential scale by individuals and organisations. Valuable insights can be drawn from this data to inform strategic decisions, resulting in increased market share, profitability, possible cost savings and procedural efficiency. You will develop a critical understanding of the contemporary tools, techniques and models used for big data analytics.

The programme will enable you to develop practical skills, using tools and techniques from the forefront of business computing, and use these effectively to conduct big data analytics. It also seeks to promote an awareness of the moral, ethical and professional framework, within which you will operate as an IT professional in a business environment.

A key aspect of the programme philosophy is that the learning experience tightly integrates the use of Oracle commercial software (a world leader in this field), with investigation of the wider theoretical context. You will also learn about the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in the IT sector.

Why choose us?

-Our course is accredited by the British Computer Society, ensuring our course is fresh and relevant.
-The University is one of Oracle’s university-based academies, as well as being a member of UK Oracle User Group.
-This is the only big data analytics programme developed in partnership with Oracle, which is a major global leading IT vendor in the field.
-Previous graduates have progressed into roles with established companies such as Hewlett Packard, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, IBM and more.

Course breakdown

The MSc programme is normally studied over one year full-time or two years part-time (one year and one term full-time for January start). You may move between full and part-time modes of attendance. The course is divided into taught modules of 20 credits and a Masters project of 60 credits. Students complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the full MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment. The structure of the course, the module, levels and credit ratings and the awards that can be gained are shown below.

A range of assessment methods are employed, assessment criteria being published in each assignment brief. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods: coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

-Research Methods and Project Management 20 credits
-Applied Statistics 20 credits
-Databases for Enterprise 20 credits
-Big Data Management 20 credits
-Data Mining 20 credits
-Web/Social Media Analytics and Visualisation 20 credits
-Master’s Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability

This course is suitable for undergraduates and those who have worked in the industry but do not have the recognised qualifications. Students will be provided with the opportunity to complete industry-recognised Oracle Professional Certification.

The school boasts graduates who have gone on to work for Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro, Birmingham City Council, BT, Cap Gemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel Corporation, NHS, Motorola, National Express, NEC, Royal Mail, Shell IT, JP Morgan Chase and Co, Carillion plc, Siemens and Nokia and many more.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to complete industry recognised Oracle Professional Certification.

Visit the Big Data Analytics - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have obtained an Honours degree in a technology-related subject, with at least a 2:2 (Second Class) classification. Students with a business or management degree will be considered, if there has been a substantial element of computing within the degree programme. Students who do not hold the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission provided they can demonstrate that their qualifications and/or industrial experience are equivalent.

Last Updated

26 January 2017

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