MSc Big Data

Big data is increasingly important in today’s commercial landscape. As a scientist specializing 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 course is an advanced Postgraduate’s degree course covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics. Students will gain practical skills in Big Data technology, Data Science and Advanced 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 needed for your career development in data science.

Career opportunities

Big Data skills are in high demand. You cans seek opportunities in data-driven companies from a wide variety of sectors and command a salary that’s typically higher than any average IT professional. As a graduate in Big Data you’ll be able to work in a wide range of sectors, such as digital technologies, energy and healthcare. A degree in Big Data opens many career paths in different sectors: Banking and Finance, Data driven Marketing, Sport and Fitness, Health and Medicine, Engineering, Data Journalism, Mapping and GIS and New Media.

"Gain skills in big data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications on our advanced Masters course"

Core modules

Mathematical Foundations

Commercial and Scientific applications

Data Analytics

Relational and non-Relational Databases

Representing and Manipulating Data

Statistics for Data Science

Cluster Computing

Dissertation Project OR Research Dissertation Project

Academic Plan

Semester 1
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Representing and Manipulating Data
  • Commercial and Scientific applications
  • Statistics for Data Science
Semester 2
  • Data Analytics
  • Cluster Computing
  • Relational and non-Relational Databases
Semester 3
  • Dissertation Project / Research Dissertation Project

"Our MSc in Big Data has been developed in partnership with global and local companies who employ data scientists"

To join MSc Big Data

An undergraduate degree or a minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject is required. when applying
Degrees should be in a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Computing, Engineering or an Analytic Science.

MSc Big Data English language requirements:

You must have one of the following English Language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • 1ST TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

Key Information

  • Degree type: MSc from University of Stirling
  • Total Subjects: 8 Modules + Dissertation
  • Start date: January 2021
  • Duration: full-time (Three semesters) or part-time (Four semesters)

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