Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Course starting dates
Paisley: January, September
Our MSc Big Data course addresses the growing importance of big data in business, and society at large.
International Data Corporation (IDC: a market research firm) forecast that the Big Data technology market will grow at a 26.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 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.
Our modules will prepare you to make notable contributions in modern day organizations with Big Data technologies. Equipped with necessary knowledge and hand-on experience you will enhance your employability within UK and internationally.
Unique and challenging modules are introduced, including 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 foundation for Big Data.
Our MSc Big Data has been awarded a limited number of fully-funded tuition fee scholarships by The Data Lab* for the 2019/20 entry. This means that for selected Scottish/EU students there will be no tuition fees for this course.
To be considered for this scholarship, you should indicate this in your Personal Statement of the online application. Scholarships are competitive and are awarded on a first come, first served basis to applicants who have been awarded and have accepted an unconditional offer of study and are normally eligible for SAAS funding. SAAS residency eligibility criteria applies.
*The Data Lab enables new collaborations between industry, public sector and universities driven by common interests in the exploitation of data science. It is one of the eight innovation centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the European Social Fund through the Innovation Centres programme and provides resources and funding to kick-start projects, deliver skills and training, and help to develop the local ecosystem by building a cohesive data science community.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
You will normally possess an 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.
You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
You will study the latest trends and technologies in Big Data in the following modules together with a Master's dissertation to obtain the MSc degree:
All modules are designed to respect the themes of Big Data, delivering research informed teaching via:
Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
Examples of jobs available to you upon graduation include:
Salaries in these roles range from £30,000 to £75,000.
Successful completion of our course prepares you for advanced research studies in related technology areas. You will have the priority to be admitted to the MPhil/PhD degree courses.
£5,500 per year of study
£7,000 per year of study
£7,000 per year of study
£13,100 per year of study
£790 per module (20 credits)
£1,000 per module (20 credits)
£1,000 per module (20 credits)
£2,850 per module (20 credits)
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