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Data Science

This MSc course provides students with a comprehensive knowledge base and skillset to fulfil and succeed in a variety of roles within data science driven organisations.

The course 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 students 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.

Data scientists who have successfully completed this course are equipped to work in ICT, finance, business, insurance, marketing and retail, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, telecommunication, media, sports and other sectors.

Exit Award - Yes.

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.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the international section of the IT Carlow website for more information in relation to entry requirements.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Study Opportunities
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

Full-time applicants may contact:
Dr Greg Doyle BSc, MSc, PhD
Programme Director & Lecturer in Computing
P: 059 917 5500
E: greg.doyle@itcarlow.ie

or

Nigel Whyte BSc, MSc
Head of Department - Computing and Networking
P: 059 917 5500
E: nigel.whyte@itcarlow.ie

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international@itcarlow.ie
P: 00353-59-9175205

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
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

Postgraduate Opportunities - Institute of Technology Carlow. Institute of Technology Carlow has a range of high-quality courses that offer suitably qualified primary degree holders (NFQ Level 8) exciting opportunities to progress to higher awards (Masters and Doctoral degrees). These opportunities are by research and thesis or taught courses, with many available on a full-time or part-time basis across our three campuses in Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.

Higher Degrees by research are normally obtained by undertaking a research project, guided by an experienced supervisor. The average duration of a research Masters degree (NFQ Level 9) is 2 years full-time study. A PhD (NFQ Level 10) should take from 3 to 4 years (full-time) to complete.

Taught courses are available at three levels: Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8); Postgraduate Diploma - NFQ Level 9 (60 credits); and Masters - NFQ Level 9 (90 credits). Individual full-time postgraduate courses are described in the forthcoming sections. Details of part-time taught courses are available in the Lifelong Learning prospectus.

Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees
Institute of Technology Carlow offers postgraduate research supervision for both Research Masters and Doctoral Degree candidates (NFQ Levels 9 and 10). Research supervision is closely tied to the priorities and expertise of staff attached to specialist research centres at Institute of Technology Carlow. Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of Institute of Technology Carlow’s activities and a vital aspect of its interaction with industry and other research centres, both nationally and internationally.

Application date

How to apply
1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.

2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read IT Carlows FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.

3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email: international@itcarlow.ie.

Course fee

This course is not eligible for Free Fees. Programme Fees 2017/18 €7,000. Fees under review for 2018/19.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information: www.itcarlow.ie/study/postgraduate-rd.

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