This Masters degree provides you with a strong conceptual and theoretical understanding of big data analytics. You will gain the essential skills and confidence required to apply and produce knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding big data analytics in a range of contexts. This will enable you to evaluate, adapt, create and utilise appropriate models, methods, practices, theories and computational techniques in the face of changing and evolving technology. There is the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of visualisation concepts, modelling and algorithmic foundations, as well as to develop and evaluate new or advanced bespoke solutions for processing, analysing and making sense of big and/or complex data. The programme enables you concentrate on a specific practical area within computer science and is suitable whether you are a recent graduate or already working in the IT industry and looking to change career paths.
What will I study?
Gaining an in-depth and systematic knowledge of big data management theories, concepts, methodologies and professional practice, you will develop a systematic and critical understanding of algorithms and programming techniques for processing, storing, analysing, visualising and interpreting data.
You will learn the practical skills of mathematics that underpin the processing of data, the programming applications required to manage big data, and the visualisation techniques necessary to make sense of large data sets. There will also be the opportunity to work with emerging technologies derived from industry.
How will I study?
The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials with a mixture of daytime and evening classes. Sessions will frequently be highly interactive with a focus on the practical application of concepts and the use of case studies drawn from real life. An emphasis on small group sizes ensures that you will have plenty of opportunities for individual discussions with your tutors. Typically, you will study for approximately nine hours a week if you are studying on a full-time basis.
How will I be assessed?
Your vocational capability, academic critical thinking and intellectual development will be assessed throughout the course. This is achieved through a combination of coursework, case studies, problem-solving exercises and examinations. You may be assessed individually or as part of a group.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff who are research-active and fully engaged with the wider business and academic community. The programme team specialise in a variety of subjects so you will benefit from a wide range of expertise. There will also be occasional input from external IT professionals who will be invited to teach particular sessions.
What are my career prospects?
As organisations become ever more dependent on data, there are increasing opportunities in specialist positions related to obtaining, processing and visualising data.
The MSc Big Data Analytics provides you with the skills and knowledge to develop your interests for a career in data science. You will be ideally placed to progress into roles where you will work as a data scientist or data analyst.