Data Analytics - Athlone

Take the guesswork out of decision making with the TUS Athlone MSc in Data Analytics.

Big Data presents three primary problems: there’s too much data to handle easily; the speed of data flowing in and out makes it difficult to analyse; and the range and type of data sources are too great to assimilate. With the right analytics and techniques, these big data can deliver hidden and unhidden insights, patterns and relationships from multiple sources using Data Analytics techniques.

TUS Athlone, has developed an industry-focused, contemporary masters programme that will equip graduates with the skills and aptitudes necessary to excel in the emerging field of Big Data and Data Analytics. This programme will ensure that you will be able to understand the data context, apply appropriate techniques and utilise the most relevant tools to generate insights into such data.

The programme runs over one calendar year, commencing in September, consisting of three semesters. Semesters 1 and 2 will incorporate three key pillars of data analytics: Data, Tools & Techniques and Analysis. Each pillar overlaps with the other to provide a coherent and unified set of core skills in data analytics. Semester 3 will consist of a substantive research project.

At the core of the discipline is data. In this pillar, students will develop their skills in areas including database technologies, data manipulation languages including SQL and the R programming language. In order to understand the data, a range of techniques will be taught, including programming for Big Data, statistics and probabilities and the interpretation of data. Interwoven within these modules is the use of industry-standard data analytics software tools. The final pillar of the programme is analysis. In these modules, students will develop skills to become data-savvy practitioners, gaining insights into data from which strategic decisions can be made.

Applied Research Project: In Semester 3 of the programme, students will be required to undertake a data analytics project and associated thesis of 20,000 words.

Subjects taught

Year 1 – Semester 1 (September)

Relational Databases

Credits: 5

Programming for Data Analytics

Credits: 10

Data Analytics

Credits: 5

Statistics for Data Analysis

Credits: 5

Interpretation of Data

Credits: 5

Year 1 – Semester 2 (January)

Advanced Analytics

Credits: 5

Research Methods

Credits: 5

Advanced Databases

Credits: 10

Data Visualisation

Credits: 10

Year 1 – Semester 3 (May)

Applied Research Project

Credits: 30

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

A Level 8 or equivalent honours degree in Business, Science or Engineering, with a minimum grade of 2.2 (50%), comprising of at least 30 ECTS credits in any combination of maths, computer science or engineering. In line with institute policies, non-native English speakers are required to have an IELTS level of 6.5 or higher.


12 Months full-time.

Enrolment dates

Course Commencement Date: September

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities

As Data Analytics is a relatively new and emerging field, the application of analytics spans a vast range of industries including finance, marketing, healthcare and biopharma. Career opportunities for graduates of this programme include:

Data Analyst

Data Scientist

Performance and Analytics Analyst

Data Operations Analyst

Financial Market Analyst

Business Intelligence Analyst

Customer Insight Analyst

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates have the opportunity to complete Level 9/10 programmes here at TUS or elsewhere.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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