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Data Science & Analytics

Overview
The need for both data scientists and "data savvy" practitioners has been well-articulated in government policy documents, going back at least as far as the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. Following on its very successful Higher Diploma Science in Data Science & Analytics, CIT now offers a conversion MSc programme in this area.

The full-time MSc in Data Science & Analytics will run over three semesters, i.e. fifteen months.

In Semester 1, the learner acquires the necessary foundation in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. From Semester 2, the specialisation into the "Big Data" space takes effect, and the learning experience is geared specifically for the realisation of Level 9 programme outcomes.

In Semester 3, the learner undertakes a 30 credit capstone project module, in which they apply the knowledge, skills and competences acquired in the taught modules to the research and development of a Data Science problem, and successfully complete the project in accordance with a project plan.

The graduate of this MSc programme will be of high academic and practical standards, in order to match the needs of the Irish and international IT industry, especially in the "Big Data" space.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
• 2H1 in a Level 8 Honours degree

• Alternatively, graduates with a 2H2 Honours degree will be considered, subject to having three years relevant experience. See rpl for further details.

• The language of academic instruction as well as administration is English. Non-native speakers of English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 is required for entry into postgraduate programmes. Appropriate EFL training courses are offered by CIT to applicants who meet the academic programme entry requirements but who need to increase their proficiency in the English language.

Applicants are also required to:
• Provide an up to date CV with their application

• Submit a 500 word statement, detailing motivation for applying for the programme and how it will enable them to meet their career goals

• The application process also includes an interview.

Duration

Full-time: 3 semesters (September 2018 to January 2020).

Number of credits

90 ECTS

Further enquiries

Enquiries
Ms Frances McAuliffe
E: mathematics@cit.ie
T: 021 4326187

Subjects taught

Modules
The full-time MSc in Data Science & Analytics will run over three semesters, i.e. fifteen months. Each semester accrues 30 credits.

The Semester 1 schedule consists of six taught modules (each 5 credits). The learner acquires a foundation in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, with the signature module DATA8001 Data Science & Analytics overarching the other five modules of this semester.

SEMESTER 1
Data Science and Analytics
Mathematical Methods and Modelling
Data Management Systems
Unstructured Data & Visualisation
Analytical and Scientific Programming
Applied Stats & Probability

It is during the second semester that the specialisation into the "Big Data" space takes effect, with modules in Statistics for Big Data, Data Visualisation, Distributed Data Management, Time Series, and Machine Learning.

SEMESTER 2
Statistical Data Analysis
Data Visualisation & Analytics
Distributed Data Management
Time Series & Factor Analysis
Applied Machine Learning
Research Methods

In Semester 3, the MSc learner undertakes one capstone project module (DATA9003 Research Project – Data Science) worth 30 credits.

Comment

Location: Bishopstown Campus

Application date

EU Applicant: Closing date: August 2018.
International Applicant: May 31st 2018.

Course fee

EU Applicants: €6,507
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to: http://www.citsu.ie/_7-levy

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at www.cit.ie/pay

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail fees@cit.ie with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at www.cit.ie/pay or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail admissions@cit.ie

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email fees@cit.ie).

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

Application
Apply online: http://www.cit.ie/course/CRSDAAN9
Closing date: August 2018

International Student
To apply, please email the following documents to international@cit.ie:

Completed application form available from: http://international.cit.ie/how-to-apply

Plus:
1. Birth Certificate OR Photo Page of Passport – Photocopy of either document

2. School Leaving Examination Certificate OR High School Transcript. Include forecast results if final results are not available. (Bachelor Degree Applicants only)

3. Third Level Academic Transcript and Proof of Final Degree (required for transfer and postgraduate applicants)

4. 2 Academic Reference Letters

5. English Language Proficiency score for applicants whose first language is not English. i.e. IELTS Certificate, Minimum accepted score = 6.0 or equivalent (Note: Some courses may require a higher minimum IELTS score.)

6. 1 Passport Sized Photograph

7. Official Translation to English of all documentation which is not in English.

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