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Big Data Technologies - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

Study MSc Big Data Technologies and enter the expanding world of Big Data, Data Analytics and Cloud Technologies.

Available for full-time and part-time study, this course is ideal for current practitioners who have good experience in software development and wish to enhance their skills. As well as anyone who holds an undergraduate degree in technology-based disciplines such as Computer Science, Software Engineering, Web Technologies, Computer Engineering, Mathematics and Electronics.

This masters is unique as it provides you with a fundamental understanding of the architectures of Big Data systems as well as developing the enhanced skills in software application development and data analytics solutions that you need.

It is our aim to increase skills in the new technology areas that business and industry are rapidly adopting. These include big data architectures, cloud computing, web technologies, data analytics (especially SAS and IBM Watson Analytics), big data computing platforms and the ever-expanding sources of data related to the Internet of Things.

This course has several different available starts and study formats - please view the relevant web-page for more information:
SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P02870-1PTA-1718/Big_Data_Technologies_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P02860-1FTAB-1718/Big_Data_Technologies?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P02870-1PTAB-1718/Big_Data_Technologies_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

The MSc in Big Data Technologies equips students with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills required to enter the exciting and challenging world of Big Data.

The programme takes a technology-focused approach to help students gain valuable skills that can be applied immediately within business and industry. Students will also build expertise in the key enabling technologies of cloud computing and will gain skills in one of the most exciting current areas of Big Data computing, the Internet of Things.

Why Study this Programme

This programme will equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills of the core technologies for harnessing the big data challenges, including capture, curation, storage, integration, sharing, search, analysis, mining of large distributed unstructured datasets.

Studies on this programme are supported and enhanced uniquely by the University’s internationally excellent research strengths, especially in cloud computing, cyber security, Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems. Of parallel importance in our programme is to cultivate the professionalism which is expected within the industry.

With all the future-proofing capabilities synthesised coherently together, graduates of the MSc in Big Data Technologies will be amongst the most highly skilled ICT graduates, responding confidently to the needs and challenges in diverse big data application domains.

What you'll learn

Students complete six taught modules.

Trimester A:
-Cloud Computing and Web Services
-Big Data Landscape
-Data Analytics.

Trimester B:
-Big Data Platforms
-Internet of Things
-IT Professional Issues and Project Methods.

Trimester C:
-MSc Dissertation

Work Placement

Students will be made aware of placement opportunities provided by our industry partners. Typically a placement would be undertaken after graduating from the MSc programme but opportunities can sometimes be made available for students to undertake their MSc Dissertation in partnership with a commercial company.


Assessment is used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. The methods of assessment include class tests, coursework assignments, practical tests and technical reports. Practical implementation and evaluation form a significant part of the assessment for the taught modules and for the work of the MSc dissertation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MSc in Big Data Technologies will be amongst the most highly skilled ICT graduates, responding confidently to the needs and challenges in diverse Big Data application domains.

This programme provides key skills for those seeking employment or career enhancement as Big Data systems developers, architects and administrators, and Big Data technologist for businesses and organisations in diverse domains from engineering industries, environmental surveillance, smart cities, to service type industries.

Visit the Big Data Technologies - MSc/PGDip page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in computing or computer engineering /electronics or cognate discipline.

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