About the course
Data Analytics increasingly fulfils a crucial role for businesses and organisations in every sector, from cyber security to retail. Our MSc course is on the pulse of recent advancements in the field, enabling you to acquire the comprehensive and advanced knowledge of advanced topics and methods in computer science, mathematics and engineering that is crucial to a future role in ‘big data’.
You’ll study modules covering topics such as data mining and agent-based systems, and your learning experience will be enriched by our strong links with international industry. While completing your dissertation, you can choose to be paired with an industry mentor who will help you to further explore your professional interests.
Travel is also an option. In your third term, you’ll have the opportunity to study elements of the Advanced Certificate on large scale quantitative data with the ‘Center for Urban Science’ in New York. If this interests you, please specify this in your application. Our graduates meet the increasing demand for experienced data analysts, going on to find employment within a variety of organisations in industry, government and academia.
Among the elite courses of its kind in the UK, our programme places as much emphasis on the rigorous mathematical underpinning of data analytics as the application of these principles to real-world problems. This joint emphasis ensures that our graduates enter the professional world with a firm foundation on which to develop a fulfilling career, as well as the analytical skills and knowledge of modern tools that make them immediately valuable to employers.
The course has two components - a taught component and a dissertation. The taught component will allow you to acquire expertise and technical skills in cutting edge areas of data analytics, including computer security, data mining, natural language processing and visualisation, as well as experience of project management and scientific method.
The taught component is complemented by a dissertation project, undertaken primarily in the second half of your course, which offers the opportunity to specialise and explore areas of interest in greater depth. Your dissertation may be entirely research focussed or directed towards the application of advanced topics. Crucially, there is always scope for commercial support from a wide range of industrial partners, giving you the chance to establish industrial links during your course.