Computing - Applied Data Science & Data Analytics
Data analytics, the analysis of both large and small data sets, has become a fundamental source of valuable information derived from ever increasing volumes of structured and unstructured data. Data analytics applications cover a variety of organizations and industries, and remains mission critical for businesses as it turns information into an asset for deriving insight and making decisions. This reflects the need for companies to do business more smartly, enabled by business intelligence.
Increased user activity has resulted in significant growth in data, both structured and unstructured. The value of this data is dependent on appropriate analysis of the data, and the subsequent application of analysis results. Consequently, data analytics has become a fundamental element for both private sector and public sector organisations that wish to compete through ever-evolving technology, productivity advancement, and innovation in research and development.
Globally, there is a reported shortage of data analytics talent particularly individuals with the required 'deep analytical' skills. In Ireland, government policy in recent years has consistently identified data analytics as a key growth area with a medium-term goal to become a leading country in Europe for big data and analytics.
The MSc in Computing programme is of particular value to holders of a primary degree in computing, IT, or equivalent, working as IT professionals. It is also of value to individuals with a computing degree background who wish to develop their career towards working within a research-oriented environment at a postgraduate level.
The minimum entry requirement is a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a NFQ level 8 Degree in Computing, Science, Engineering, Business with IT, or equivalent.
Applicants not meeting this entry requirement may be admitted to the programme on the basis of extensive practical and/or professional experience which can be assessed by the Institute's APL/APEL process.
Students progressing through the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) who wish to enter the M.Sc. in Computing must attain a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5) on the course.
In the event of a student not attaining this standard level , students must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by QQI.
The acceptance of candidates with third class honours degrees and appropriate work experience and industrial certification on this course will be allowed provided there is evidence that the candidate can cope with the learning objectives of the course.
Candidates may be interviewed to assess their suitability to undertake the level of work required and to assess their commitment to succeding on the MSc in Computing Programme.
Year 1 Semester 1
Data Mining Algorithms
Year 1 Semester 2
Data Pre-processing and Exploration
Data Science Applications
Year 2 Semester 3
Text Mining and Web Content Mining
Geospatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Programming for Big Data
* Two electives must be selected
Year 2 Semester 4
MSc Research Project
2 years part-time
Online Year 1: Tuesday and Wednesday 6pm-10pm. Online Year 2: Wednesday and Thursday 6pm-10pm. All classes are recorded
Commencement Date September 2020
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Graduates from this programme are equipped for employment in sectors where data analysis is a critical component, such as the insurance, retail, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, business, travel, telecommunication, government, and intelligence sectors.
Following successful completion of the MSc, graduates have taken up data analytics jobs with Accenture, SAP, FBD Insurance, Deutsche Bank, IBM, Eircom, Emirate airlines and PayPal, while one graduate has started his own analytics consultancy firm. Many students registered on this stream were already working in data analytics, or aim to start a data analytics function with their current employer.
Former students come from a variety of industry sectors and companies including:
Dublin Airport Authority
Bank of Scotland
Arvato Finance Solutions
Samba Financial Group (India)
United Healthcare Group