Computer Science - Data Analytics

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Almost everything we do results in data being created and stored somewhere. Individuals, communities, businesses and governments face major challenges in harnessing all this data to create knowledge that will underpin a healthier, safer, more productive world. There is a global shortage of talent and expertise in data analytics and data science. This MSc programme will provide graduates of computing or related degrees with the deep technical knowledge and analytical skills to succeed in this growth area. This is a highly technical programme that is aimed at those who already are mathematically strong, and clearly able to demonstrate a strong technical proficiency with respect to advanced programming techniques.

Course Content
This advanced 90 ECTS master's programme has three main elements: core modules (40 ECTS), optional modules (20 ECTS), and a substantial capstone project (30 ECTS). Some of the topics covered across the modules include: Machine Learning, Programming for Data Analytics, Statistics, Probability, Natural language Processing, Tools for Large Scale Data Analytics, Web and Network Science, Deep Learning, Linked Data Analytics and Information Retrieval. These modules are all delivered by renowned NUI Galway researchers and academics that are regarded among the best internationally in their respective topic specialisms.


1. Closely aligned to the research and teaching expertise of the discipline of Information Technology and the Data Science Institute (DSI) at NUI Galway.

2. Graduates from this course have demonstrated excellent employment prospects.

3. CNN lists jobs in the data analytics area in its 'Top 10 best new jobs in America'.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
Prior Qualification: this MSc is targeted at high-performing graduates of Level 8 computer science programmes, or Level 8 science/ engineering programmes that offer sufficient training in computing. The minimum academic requirement for entry to the programme is a First Class Honours (or equivalent) from a recognised university or third-level college. However, a good Second Class Honours (or equivalent) can be deemed sufficient on the recommendation of the Programme Director.

English Language Proficiency: overall, entry to the MSc requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in the writing ability category and no less than 6.0 in the other categories.


1 year, full-time (MSc)

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Career Opportunities
Graduates will be excellently qualified to pursue new career opportunities in industry, to establish new ventures, or to progress on to PhD level research. Demand for graduates of this programme are highly sought after both nationally and internationally due to the reputation of the programme, and remuneration packages are equally competitive among our graduates.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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