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Big Data Science and Technology

MSc
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

This programme provides students with the knowledge of cutting-edge methodologies, approaches and skills in the emerging field of data science and big data applications, including advanced software development, systems for big data analytics, statistical data analysis data mining, distributed systems, data privacy and security, and data visualization and exploration.

The programme of study culminates in a dissertation, enabling you to bring what you have learnt together in a significant piece of project work.

In summary, the MSc Big Data Science and Technology offers you the opportunity to build your own path of study - from the advanced computing modules, the extended list of optional modules available, as well as the dissertation - so as to match your specific career aspirations in the area of big data and data science. 

Why Bradford?

This programme intends to equip graduates with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills to work in the industry as a Data Scientist, Big Data Architect, or Big Data Analyst. 

MSc Big Data Science and Technology provides industry with graduates that are ready and able to develop solutions to address challenges for big data analytics and developing big data systems. 

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in computer science, computer engineering, informatics or other computer-related subjects from an approved degree-awarding body

Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive industrial experience in a related area are considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

Module Title

Type

Stage

Software Development

C

1

Big Data Systems and Analytics

C

1

Information Theory and Data Communication

O

1

Security, Privacy and Data Protection

O

1

Mobile Applications

O

1

Statistical Data Analysis

C

2

Data Mining

C

2

Concurrent and Distributed Systems

O

2

Data visualization

O

2

Dissertation

C

3

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £3,880 per year

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.