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