MSc Data Analytics - University of Portsmouth
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MSc

Data Analytics

Advanced skills in the use of data analytics and mining tools are in increasingly high demand by employers across a range of sectors.

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This programme enables you to master the latest technology and techniques associated with extracting valuable information from large data sets that may have a variety of mixed attributes.

You will reinforce your background with specialist knowledge on these new techniques and technologies and you will apply this to data sets from our internationally recognised research in cosmology, health informatics and cybersecurity.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems with real-world data sets
  • Enhance your existing knowledge by developing solutions that use our supercomputers and networked computer clusters
  • Manage and understand the business value that can be extracted from data sets

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is designed to enhance and develop your skills in data science and analytics to enable you to extract value from data sets that can be applied to business or society.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Data Architect
  • Data Officer
  • Information Strategist

 


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Structure & Teaching

Alongside the key compulsory topics, you will also undertake a project. This will involve in-depth research where you will apply the skills and knowledge from the taught part of the course to a practical problem within the domain of one of our research areas (cosmology, healthcare, cybersecurity or networking). Alternatively, the problem may be supplied by local businesses or other external clients.

Core units include:

  • Advanced Data Management
  • Applied Data Analytics and Engineering
  • Business Intelligence
  • Big Data Applications

Teaching and Assessment

We provide a lively and modern learning environment. You will be taught using a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and lab sessions. You will also spend a significant amount of time in self-directed study, which may involve additional software development or research, as appropriate, to the topic that you are currently studying.

How are you assessed?

You will encounter a range of assessment styles depending on the content and nature of the unit topic. This can include written assignments and presentations, as well as group and individual lab-based assessments. However, the most significant assessment element is your project.


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Facilities & Features

Specialist Software and Equipment

A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:

  • mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • pervasive computing lab for high performance computing
  • usability lab including state of the art eye tracking equipment
  • Linux and Windows systems
  • forensics lab with industry standard forensic tools

Tutor centre

A one-stop academic help and support resource for all School of Computing students. Need help understanding your assessments? Want to talk to someone about your project or about a programming problem? This is the place to go.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

We also subscribe to the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Digital Library, which will give you access to full text articles from leading computing and computer science journals.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

On completing this course, you will be ready to enter a wide variety of careers in the data analytics and deep learning industries or to support the progress in your career.

You can also use the course as a route to an academic career by undertaking research study leading to a PhD, with the aim of eventually becoming a university lecturer or researcher.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.


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Online application form

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Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

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Fees and Funding

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