Data Science & Analytics - Cork
The importance of the field of Data Science has exploded in recent years with a growing demand for experts in a variety of different industries. With ever increasing growth in data generation and collection, the value of data to industries is highly dependent on appropriate analysis. Consequently, data science and analytics has become a core component of both government bodies and private industry wishing to maintain competitiveness and gain advantages.
The Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics (NFQ Level 8) in MTU is a collaboration between the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science. The programme aims to develop highly skilled and competent graduates in the rapidly expanding field of Data Science.
This is a 60 credit programme, in which three core strands: Data Science, Statistics, and Computer Science, are developed over two semesters with an increasing specialisation on statistical analysis and machine learning. There will be significant opportunity throughout to apply theoretical knowledge and develop problem solving skills through practical and laboratory sessions. The learner will also undertake a capstone project, which will be a key opportunity to demonstrate the ability to synthesise the learning acquired in the programme, and to apply it to the solution of an authentic problem in Data Science and Analytics.
The graduate will gain significant practical experience, in software packages and programming languages including R, Python, Excel, SQL, NoSQL, Tableau, Spark and Hadoop for example.
Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
Intro to R for Data Science
Data Science and Analytics
Scientific Programming in Python
Applied Statistics and Probability
Data Management Systems
Mathematical Methods and Modelling
Distributed Data Management
Data Visualisation and Analytics
Data Science Analytics Project
Time Series and PCA
What is a Module?
A module is a standalone unit of learning and assessment and is completed within one semester. A full-time student will normally study six modules in each semester; part-time and ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) students will have flexibility as to the number of modules taken.
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Applicants will already hold a primary degree, and must be highly motivated, interested in data science and capable of independent learning. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in cognate and analytical disciplines, who would benefit from an opportunity to gain expertise in ICT (data science) skills which are particularly relevant to industry.
All candidates with a Level 8 qualification or equivalent will be considered. Candidates with a Level 7 qualification and significant relevant experiential learning may be eligible through our recognition of prior learning processes.
Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €550 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.
2 Years Part-time.
Fees: €350 per 5 credit module, and €700 for the 10 credit project module. These fees include examination fees. Thus the total fee for the full 60 credit programme is €4,200.
Students pay for the relevant modules at the start of each semester.
Course commencing September 2020.