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Data Science

What is the programme about?
The MSc in Data Science NFQ Level 9 programme provides students with a comprehensive knowledge base and skillset to fulfil and succeed in a variety of roles within data science driven organisations.

The 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.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
The aim of this programme is to provide learners with an understanding and ability to critically evaluate and utilise data analytics and the associated processes, systems, algorithms, technologies and insights garnered, ethically, in appropriate contexts. The programme also focuses on current research in the field and enables participants to review and critically assess this research.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have obtained a second class honours level 8 primary degree (or equivalent) in computer science or mathematical sciences or hold a degree with a strong numerate content (e.g. engineering, finance, physics, biosciences or economics). Applicants who do not meet the above standard entry requirements will also be considered if they have an undergraduate degree (at Level 7 or Level 8) and a minimum of 5 years verifiable relevant industrial experience. Applicants who do not have a primary degree will only be considered with a minimum of 10 years verifiable relevant industrial experience.

ELIGIBILITY
• Jobseekers
• Returners
• Those in employment

Duration

1 year part-time (run over 3 days of the week)

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Successful graduates from this programme may progress to undertake specific data science research programmes at level 9 or level 10 within the GameCORE research centre at Institute of Technology Carlow. A number of the development team for this programme are also attached to GameCORE and are engaged in data focused research and research supervision.

Graduates will have progression opportunities to other NFQ level 9 and Level 10 programmes. Students who successfully complete the necessary 60 credits of the programme will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Level 9) should they opt to leave the programme (Embedded Exit Award).

Potential employment opportunities
Data science is the interdisciplinary field of study of processes and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in a variety of formats, either structured or unstructured, which is a continuing evolution of traditional data analysis fields such as statistics, data mining, and predictive analytics.

Data scientists who have successfully completed this programme are equipped to work in ICT, finance, business, insurance, marketing and retail, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, telecommunication, media, sports and other sectors. The programme delivers rounded graduates for technical development and/ or data science management positions in the previously mentioned sectors.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow.
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005
Email: lll@itcarlow.ie
Web: www.itcarlow.ie/lll

Subjects taught

Programming for Data Scientists
Data and Data Storage Technology
Statistics for Data Science
Research Methods
Infrastructure for Big Data
Data Analytics and Algorithms
Data Visualisation and Insight
Project/Dissertation

Comment

What is Springboard+?
Springboard+ is a government initiative offering Higher Education courses to eligible individuals - for FREE - at Certificate, Degree, Higher Diploma and Masters Levels which lead to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Springboard provides free upskilling in higher education in areas of identified skills need. The initiative's primary target group has been unemployed people with a previous history of employment. In 2014, Springboard incorporated ICT Skills Conversion courses (i.e. Springboard+), some of which are open to applicants regardless of their employment status.

Who is Eligible? All courses are open to eligible applicants irrespective of their employment status.

There are three categories of applicant:
1. Those in receipt of an eligible Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) payment and the previously self-employed;

2. Returners seeking to re-enter the workforce;

3. People in employment seeking to reskill or upskill.

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard course.

To participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one-year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at Level 8 on the NFQ.

Proof of Eligibility
Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria for the Springboard Initiative.

• Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection will be required to provide evidence of this payment.

• Returners will be required to provide a letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Those in employment will be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or a letter from their current employer to confirm their employment.

Further information on eligibility is available on www.springboardcourses.ie

Application date

How To Apply for a Springboard Course
Springboard applications are made online at www.springboardcourses.ie

To make an application you will need to complete a short registration process and then fill out an online application form. It is important that you fill out the online application form as fully and completely as you can in order to make a valid application and in order to best make your case for a place.

What happens after that? Following the closing date Institute of Technology Carlow will process the applications. Applicants may be shortlisted on the basis of the evidence in the application and any further supporting documents supplied. It is therefore important that you complete the online application form accurately and fully and supply scanned copies of supporting documentation as below.

Shortlisted candidates may be called for a brief interview. Successful candidates will get an offer of a place by e-mail and courses will begin in September. Further detailed information will be supplied during the application/offer process.

Supporting Documentation
Entry requirements for courses are set out in the course description on www.springboardcourses.ie - these entry requirements will require you to supply evidence of your previous education and qualifications. It is important that you support your application with electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents – where required - such as:

• An up-to-date CV
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification parchments
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational transcripts clearing showing the results you achieved in each subject/module.
• Scanned copies of all of your employment references

Queries can be directed to springboard@itcarlow.ie

Course fee

For employed participants on courses at NFQ Level 7, 8 or 9, 90% of the course fee is paid by the HEA. Participants will be liable for the remaining 10% fee. Fees will be due once a place has been accepted. Level 6 courses are free to all eligible participants.

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation
Saturday 1st September 2018.

Courses Commence
Monday 10th September 2018.

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