This programme is mainly motivated by the growing importance of big data. International Data Corporation (IDC: a market research firm) forecasted that the Big Data technology market will grow at a 26.4% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) to £28.79 billion by 2018 – approximately six times the growth rate of the overall information technology market; with 30% organizations collecting big data and/or the market of data driven services.
The MSc Big Data is a post graduate programme focusing on teaching advance topics of the data science. It is designed to develop practical skills by providing a comprehensive understanding of fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience of big data technologies within industry and academia. Modules will focus on planning, analysing, developing, evaluating, deploying, and managing big data systems/services for modern day organisations/businesses. All modules are designed to respect the overarching themes of big data, delivering research informed teaching in lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions; other modules will focus on academic, research and ethical practices within a professional environment.
Please note that this course is recognised as by Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for access to postgraduate tuition fee and cost-of-living loans for UK and EU applicants.
Appropriate undergraduate qualification: Honours Degree (2.2 or above) in Computing/ Engineering (or Relevant Disciplines) from a UK academic institute or an equivalent 4-year international degree qualification. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.
In the programme, unique and challenging modules are introduced for example Mobile networks and smartphone applications, Data mining and visualisation in addition to Ethics for IT professionals and Object oriented analysis and design that provide the basics for Big Data. Advanced data science and Intelligent systems are introduced to in depth knowledge of the field. In addition, two modules which focus on research and the latest trends in the field, namely, Research design and methods and Emerging topics in smart networks, help to define and complete the research project on time.
Students will study the latest trends and technologies in Big Data in the following modules together with a master dissertation to obtain the MSc degree:
- Mobile Networks and Smartphone Application
- Data Mining and Visualization
- Ethics for IT professionals
- Object Oriented Analysis & Design
- Research Design and Methods
- Emerging Topics in Smart Networks
- Advanced Data Science*
- Intelligent Systems*
These modules are carefully selected to prepare students to make notable contributions in modern day organizations with Big Data technologies. Equipped with necessary knowledge and hand-on experience this programme will enhance the employability of the students within UK and internationally.
Many jobs are available for data analysts, data scientists, and data mining analysts with salaries ranging from £30,000 to £75,000. The graduates can go for a role of data analyst, technical developer, project manager in Big Data, Technical manager, Statistics and visualisation etc.
Successful completion of the programme prepares you for advanced research studies in related technology areas. Graduates have the priority to be admitted to the MPhil/PhD degree programmes.
Professional recognition for this specialised Advanced Computing programme will be sought from the British Computer Society.