Data Analytics - Online

TUS - Technological University of the Shannon

Data Analytics - Online

Take the guesswork out of decision making with the TUS Athlone part-time (online) MSc in Data Analytics.

Data Analytics is the process of examining vast quantities of data, often referred to as Big Data, in order to draw conclusions and insights about the information they contain. Some examples of Data Analytics applications include real-time fraud detection, complex competitive commercial analysis, website optimisation, intelligent air, road and other traffic management and consumer spending patterns.

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.

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 4 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 (Jan to May):
Relational Databases
Statistics for Data Analytics
Programming for Data Analytics (Using the Python language)

Semester 2 (January): (Sept to Dec)
Data Analytics (Using the R language)
Interpretation of Data
Advanced Databases

Year 2
Semester 1 (Jan to May)
Advanced analytics
Research Methods
Data Visualisation

Semester 2 (Sept to Dec)
Applied Research Project, including 20,000 word thesis

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.

All applicants will be subject to an interview.

Duration

2 years part-time evenings online

Enrolment dates

The programme runs over two calendar years, commencing in January, consisting of four semesters.

Post Course Info

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs report identified Data Analytics as an area of skills deficit. Given the wide range of industries in which Data Analytics can be utilised, the demand for Data Analytics graduates continues to soar.

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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  • Qualification letters

    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Evening,Part time

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