A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as maths, computing, engineering or an analytic science. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.
Months of entry
Big data is increasingly important in today’s commercial landscape. As a data scientist specialising in big data, you’ll help companies make sense of large amounts of structured and unstructured data, providing rapid insights that enable them to make better, quicker decisions.
The MSc Big Data is a taught advanced Masters degree covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics. You’ll gain practical skills in big data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications.
The course will teach you how to collect, manage and analyse big, fast moving data for science or commerce. You’ll learn skills in cutting-edge technology such as Python, R, Hadoop, NoSQL and Machine Learning. At the same time, you’ll delve into important maths and computing theory, and learn the advanced computational techniques you need to develop your career in data science.
Our MSc has been developed in partnership with global and local companies who employ data scientists. HSBC have a development centre in Stirling and have provided some very interesting Big Data projects to our students. Amazon’s development centre in Scotland is close by in Edinburgh.
The University of Stirling is a member of The Data Lab, an Innovation Centre that aims to develop the data science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland. It also supports our students with funding, networking and routes into employment.
As a graduate in Big Data you’ll be able to work in a wide range of sectors such as digital technologies, energy and utilities, financial services, public sector and healthcare.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6 (minimum 5.5 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21.
Fees and funding
Datalab Funding 2018
For the past three years, we have been able to offer Datalab funded places on the Big Data course to students from Scotland and the EU. We hope to have more funded places available for 2018. Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, so apply now and we will inform you of the status of funding as soon as we can.
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
MSc students complete two taught semesters and a three month project/dissertation. Alternatively, the PgDip may be awarded after two taught semesters, or the PgCert if not all modules are passed. Part-time study is also available, with the taught part of the programme being taken over four semesters.
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||33|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||33|
|Dissertation||33 (15000 words)|
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions
- +44 (0) 1786 466655