Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Big Data Analytics

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have obtained an Honours degree in a technology-related subject, with at least a 2:2 (Second Class) classification. Students with a business or management degree will be considered if there has been a substantial element of computing within the degree programme. Students who do not hold the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission provided they can demonstrate that their qualifications and/or industrial experience are equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


The MSc Big Data Analytics is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the new field of big data analytics from a computing perspective. Data is being generated on an exponential scale by individuals and organisations. Valuable insights can be drawn from this data to inform strategic decisions, resulting in increased market share, profitability, possible cost savings and procedural efficiency. Students will develop a critical understanding of the contemporary tools, techniques and models used for big data analytics.

The programme enables students to develop practical skills, using tools and techniques from the forefront of business computing, and use these effectively to conduct big data analytics. It also seeks to promote an awareness of the moral, ethical and professional framework, within which an IT professional operates.

A key aspect of the course is that the learning experience tightly integrates the use of Oracle commercial software (a world leader in this field) with investigation of the wider theoretical context. Students also learn the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in the IT sector.

Key facts

  • The course is accredited by the British Computer Society, ensuring it remains fresh and relevant.
  • The University is one of Oracle’s university-based academies, as well as being a member of UK Oracle User Group.
  • This is the only big data analytics programme developed in partnership with Oracle, which is a major global leading IT vendor in the field.
  • Previous graduates have progressed into roles with established companies such as Hewlett Packard, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, IBM and more.

Information for international students

The University accepts a wide range of overseas qualifications. To find out if your current qualifications are comparable to British standards, please contact the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) or the International Admissions Office, telephone 0121 331 5162 or email international.admissions@bcu.ac.uk. International Students can apply on-line on the website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
29 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595
+44 (0)121 331 7994