Taught course

Big Data

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require a first or second class Honours degree in a numerate subject such as maths, computing, engineering or an analytic science, from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognised by the University. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to become a data scientist, this is the course for you. Around 88% of data scientists have an MSc, making it a passport to jobs in this field (source). Get the skills in Python, R, Hadoop, NoSQL, Spark, and machine learning you need to land your dream job. All you need to join us is a degree in a numerate subject. We will teach you the coding skills and give you a firm basis in the maths and statistics you need.

This is a one year, full time taught MSc. designed to lead to a job in data science or analytics.

Big Data skills are in high demand and they attract high salaries. The MSc Big Data at the University of Stirling is a taught advanced Master's degree covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics.

The course is taught in the beautiful Stirling campus in the heart of Scotland with support from companies who recruit data scientists.

The course covers Big Data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications. The syllabus includes:

· Mathematics for Big Data

· Python scripting

· Business and scientific applications of Big Data

· Big databases and NoSQL including MongoDB, Cassandra and Neo4J

· Analytics, machine learning and data visualisation using Weka, R and ScikitLearn

· Optimisation and heuristics for big problems

· Cluster computing with Hadoop, Spark, Hive and MapReduce

· Student projects including paid internships

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We are also proudly part of the DataLab MSc, which supports our students with funding, networking and routes into employment.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For information on possible sources of funding, visit: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/sources-of-funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
3 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Mr Kevin Swingler
+ 44 (0) 1786 467436