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Web Science and Big Data Analytics - MSc

Course Description

The MSc covers web-related technologies and big data analytics. It is intended for students with a general science and engineering background and makes them well equipped to proceed to become the ideal choice for the best employers in internet-related industries and the areas requiring big data analytical skills.

Degree information

Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of web-related technologies and big data analytics, ranging from information search and retrieval, natural language processing, data mining and knowledge acquisition, large-scale distributed data analytics and cloud computing to e-commerce and their business economic models and the latest concepts of social networks.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three option modules (45 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Information Retrieval and Data Mining
-Statistical Natural Language Processing
-Complex Networks and Web
-Web Economics

Optional modules - students can choose three of the following:
-Cloud Computing
-Computer Graphics
-Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
-Interaction Design
-Applied Machine Learning
-Machine Vision
-Supervised Learning
-Understanding Usability and Use
-Distributed Systems and Security

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Lectures are often supported by laboratory work with help from demonstrators. Student performance is assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the dissertation.


Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. Graduates of our Web Science and Big Data Analytics programmes are expected to develop careers in scientific research, the internet-based industry and other professional areas that require big data analytics skills.

The skill set obtained from our MSc makes our students the ideal choice for the best employers in internet-related industries and sectors requiring big data analytics. The MSc has a unique industry connection as almost all our lecturers have industry experience. Through long-term collaborations with big players in the field such as Google, Microsoft and BT, research is driven by the fundamental technical challenges faced by the industry. Throughout the degree, our students have the chance to interact with our industry collaborators and previous students, and have placement opportunities to address the specific technical problems faced by the industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research, and was one of the top-rated departments in the country according to the UK government's recent Research Excellence Framework.

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries, from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

Visit the Web Science and Big Data Analytics - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must be:
- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a highly quantitative subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students should also have some experience with a programming language such as Java or python.

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