What is the programme about?
The MSc in Data Science NFQ Level 9 programme is designed to meet current industry needs and provides students with a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the analysis and utilisation of large data sets, together with experience in conducting data science development projects, thereby preparing graduates for positions of responsibility in the Big Data and IT industries.
As well as studying a range of core taught modules, learners will undertake a significant research and/ or programming project to further enhance their skillset from the creation of a project proposal to the delivery and deployment of a significant data science project.
This innovative programme will build on participants' professional and personal skills in areas such as presentation, communication and soft skills as well as data science development, integration and critical thinking around the design, implementation and deployment of data science solutions and systems in industry.
Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013-2020, Report by Forfas & Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, 2014
'Currently, North America and Europe have the largest share of new data stored globally. However, one of the crucial constraints with the exponential growth of big data is the challenge in finding and attracting the talent needed. Previously cited analysis suggests that there will be a global shortage of the big data and analytical skills needed to take advantage of potential growth. With a forecasted shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep-analytical skills and a further 1.5 million datasavvy managers and analysts by 2018 in the US alone, it is seen that the 'race' for data analytics talent is on.'