Our MSc Data Science and its Applications is a conversion course specifically designed for students wanting to be part of our fast-growing digital economy but do not have the sufficient programming and statistics skills. This course you will place you at the core of data science with the application of theory and methods to real-world problems, specifically to use and exploit big data.
At Essex, the techniques we use to model and manipulate data guide the political, financial and social decisions that shape our modern society and are the basis of growth of the economy and success of businesses.
The course introduces you to programming with the R language and as well as text analytics. Relational databases and SQL are developed and used for relevant applications from humanities, life sciences, linguistics, marketing and social science. The course encourages statistical thinking by data visualisations and guides you to develop your creativity within a scientific framework.
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The leading department on this course, our Department of Mathematical Sciences, is genuinely innovative and student-focused. Our research groups are working on a broad range of collaborative areas tackling real-world issues. The Department of Mathematical Sciences and our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering are working together with other departments across the University to deliver optional modules and summer projects with Essex Business School, the Department of Language and Linguistics, the School of Life Sciences, the School of Philosophy and Art History, and the Department of Psychology. Our course also benefits from many Knowledge Transfer Partnerships which support students through placements and an interdisciplinary outreach culture.
The University of Essex is committed to transformational education and inclusion, focused on learning opportunities for every student, responsive to our students’ needs and aspirations. Our MSc Data Science and its Applications course reflects this by supporting every student, from every background, and removing the barriers to their education.
This course is developed in collaboration with industry partners and public sector organisations, which include BT, Profusion, Essex County Council, Essex Police, and Suffolk County Council. Our active links with industry can broaden your employment potential and offer placement opportunities.
This course is available on a full- and part-time basis, starting in October. You can also start this course in January, but this option is only available to those who wish to study full-time.
Why we're great.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.
The structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across two years.
Please note that if you are studying full-time (either starting in October or January) there is no second year; you will develop your dissertation throughout the course of your single year.
Today’s data scientists are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists, and our staff are driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence. We conduct world-leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, explorative data analysis, machine learning, classification and clustering, evolutionary computation, data visualisation and financial forecasting.
With a predicted shortage of data scientists, now is the time to future-proof your career. A successful career in data science requires you to possess truly interdisciplinary knowledge and our staff ensure that you graduate with a wide-ranging, yet specialised, set of skills in this area.
Data scientists are required in every sector, carrying out statistical analysis or mining data on social media. Our graduates are highly sought after by a range of businesses and organisations and find employment in financial services, scientific computation, decision making support and government, risk assessment, statistics, education and other areas. Our recent graduates have gone onto work as data scientists and data analysts in both the private and public sectors.
We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Dissertation.
We additionally work with our Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
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