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Big Data and High Performance Computing MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

The Department of Computer Science at The University of Liverpool is delighted to announce the opportunity for Home and European students to receive industrial sponsorship to cover tuition fees for this programme. For more information visit our Postgraduate Funding Tool or contact Dr Martin Gairing.

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 conjuction 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.

Big data is commonly described as data that is so large that it cannot be readily processed using standard techniques. Our current global ability to collect data is such that “big data” sets are becoming common-place.

The most obvious example of this is the exponential growth of the World Wide Web; however there are many public and private enterprises where the analysis of large-scale data sets is critical to growth. Although significant computer power exists, the necessary skills-base is lagging behind the technology.

There is an employment gap looming in the field of big data, especially in the context of the skills required with respect to the application of High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities to address big data problems.

The MSc in Big Data and High Performance Computing is designed to address this anticipated skills gap and provide those completing the programme with the necessary abilities (abilities which will be highly desirable within the employment market) to address big data centric problems in the context of HPC.

The programme has been designed and operates in close collaboration with the Hartree High Performance Computing Centre and focuses on the practical application of Big Data and HPC technology.

The Hartree centre is underpinned by £37.5 million of Government investment and hosts the UK’s premier supercomputing environment. This partnership provides a unique and unrivalled MSc programme and ensures that students completing the programme have a ready route into employment, facilitated by commercial contacts provided as part of the individual project.

You may also be interested in our Big Data Management MSc, Geographic Data Science MSc and Risk and Uncertainty MSc. For more information visit http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

The programme is organised as two taught semesters followed by an individual project undertaken over either the summer or, if desired, during the following year of study. Within each semester students study a number of modules adding up to 60 credits per semester (120 in total). This will be followed by a project dissertation, also 60 credits, making an overall total of 180 credits.

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 came seventh nationally in the 2008 research assessment exercise.

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.

Teaching

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.

Facilities

Computer Science is located in the grade II listed Ashton and Holt buildings (see Campus Map‌), with state-of-the-art equipment.

The computing resources include an extensive integrated network of workstations running the Linux operating system and the X-Windows graphical interface, together with a large number of PCs running Microsoft Windows. Staff and students have easy access to high quality laser printing facilities and a range of specialist software.

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 MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree (or above) in Computer Science or a closely related subject.

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