Taught course

Data Science

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You will need:
a minimum 2:2 in a numerate, scientific or computer-based subject
an A level, or equivalent, in Mathematics at Grade C or more
Additional information:
RPL is not accepted on this programme
IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component)
If you have any specific queries, please contact fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is also available as a 240 credit routeway studied over two years. Students who choose this option will undertake a group design project and dissertation.
  • Study a ground-breaking curriculum linked to industry needs
  • Use industry standard tools and methodologies
  • Undertake an extended project using real world data science problems
  • Learn from academics who are world-leading researchers
  • Use the programme as a basis for PhD study
Data Science is an emerging discipline that aims to extract unique insights by extending the field of statistics to incorporate advances in computing, particularly in relation to large quantities of data.
It is estimated that 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years and that each day, over 2.5 billion gigabytes of data is created. Between 2012 and 2017 the take up of big data analytics amongst large enterprises in the UK more than doubled from 14% to 29%. The number of big data specialist staff working in large firms is predicted to increase by 243% to approximately 69,000 employees.
The challenges in data science are multi-faceted and very complex in their nature, including handling the huge amount of data in incompatible legacy databases. By exploiting cloud computing services, data scientists are now relatively free from the constraints of hardware and can concentrate on applying their domain knowledge and experience to make sense of the data. They can apply advanced statistical techniques and machine learning algorithms to make informed decisions which can deliver a major impact on their organisations. The programme comprises six core modules covering statistical and computing techniques plus an extended research project. It is designed to give you the knowledge to move into the world of work as a qualified Data Scientist or to carry out further research through a PhD or equivalent. It is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and and hands-on computer laboratory sessions. A major component of the MSc programme is the research project module, which will give you the opportunity to work on a high-level original research topic, with guidance from an experienced researcher and supervisor.
The new 240 credit route includes a Group Design Project which aims to apply data science to the solution of a real-world problem. This will help to consolidate knowledge and skills learned during the first year, as well as develop new ones.
Why should I choose the 2 year route?
  • The Group Design Project will provide an opportunity to use the tools and systems that data scientists and data engineers use, increasing your readiness for the job market.
  • This route will equip you with the transferrable project management skills needed to excel in your chosen career.
  • You will work in groups and meet regularly with an academic supervisor and any internal or external stakeholders in order to develop an effective team-working ethic.
  • You will present your work through regular meetings with your supervisor as well as submitting progress reports and oral presentations. In this way you will have the chance to hone your communicative skills and leave University ready for the workplace.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090