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Big Data and High Performance Computing with a Year in Industry MSc

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years

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  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    27 September 2019


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 conjunction 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.

The two-year MSc programme shares the same taught modules with its one-year equivalent. However, unlike the one-year MSc which includes an MSc project over the summer, the two-year programme includes an industrial project and placement in year two (either in the UK or overseas). The placement is typically 30 weeks from September to June.

This opportunity to work in industry will help you strengthen your career options by:

  • Undertaking the project work in an industrial setting
  • Applying theory learnt in the classroom to real-world practice
  • Developing communications and interpersonal skills Building networks and knowledge which will be invaluable throughout your career.

During the placement year you will spend time working in a relevant company suitable for the MSc. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost your CV, build networks and develop confidence in a working environment. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate.

The University of Liverpool has a dedicated team to help students find a suitable placement. Preparation for the placement is provided by the University’s Careers and Employability Service (CES) who assist students in finding a placement, help students produce a professional CV and prepare students for placement interviews.

The University has very good links with industry and several companies work with us to offer our MSc students competitive placements. Although industry placements are not guaranteed, the University offers you opportunities and support throughout the process to ensure that the chance to find a placement is high.

If you are unable to secure a suitable placement by the end of April during year one, you will be transferred onto the one-year MSc to undertake the MSc project over the summer and graduate after one year.

This programme is also available without the Year in Industry as Big Data and High Performance Computing MSc/PGDip/PGCert.

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 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.


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 department is based on the main University of Liverpool campus, close to the city centre, in a spectacular Grade II listed building that offers a comfortable working environment with excellent research, study and computing facilities. You'll also enjoy the full support of our friendly tutors and technical teams so you can get the best from your time here.

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.

Visit the Big Data and High Performance Computing with a Year in Industry MSc page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!





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