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What will I learn?

Course Overview

Are you looking for a Masters-level qualification that will open doors to jobs and promotions in the field of data analytics? This two year master’s course combines core modules in information science with specialised modules in Database Modelling as well as Statistics and Business Intelligence.

As part of the focus on data analytics, you will cover topics such as how to design and manipulate databases with relational algebra and SQL. You will also analyse (big) data in order to improve organisational decision-making, using techniques such as regression analysis, clustering, distance measures, probability and distributions.

In the second year, for one semester, you will have the chance to study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

Research

If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Computer Science and Informatics Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

Your Future

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. This reflects the relevance of the curriculum, which is informed by contact with employers and close professional links.

The topics and activities in the course have a strong emphasis on employability. For example you will develop skills in how to analyse, monitor and evaluate user behaviour. You will also learn how to evaluate and use a range of appropriate technologies for solving problems and supporting decision-making in organisations. Your knowledge and practical skills will help you take a lead on research-informed approaches that give organisations and professionals a valuable advantage.
The Advanced Practice semester will help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year master’s course, like this one, will carry particular weight with employers. They will understand that you have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Data analytics is firmly in the spotlight due to transformations in information science and the emergence of big data. As we look to the future, which will be marked by ever greater capabilities for data processing, and a rising expectation that major decisions should be based on data-driven insights, data analytics will become increasingly valued and rewarded.

On graduation, you will be well placed to take advantage of this trend. Employers are looking for information professionals who can develop new insights through mastery of their subject and critical scholarship. With your Masters qualification, you will be equipped to make a difference, advance your practice and make well-balanced judgements.

You could work for a wide range of employers in the field of data analytics or you could consider freelance roles as a consultant. Your master's qualification can also form the basis for further postgraduate studies at a higher level.

Which department am I in?

Computer and Information Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (US$ 23,518) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected July 2023

Start date

29 September 2022

Venue

City Centre Campus

Ellison Place,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tyne and Wear,

NE1 8ST, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelors Degree (when awarded by a regionally accredited institution): GPA of 2.8 or above for courses which require a UK 2:2 equivalent, GPA of 3.0* or above for courses which require a UK 2:1 equivalent. All Postgraduate Taught Programmes IELTS 6.5 minimum component 5.5.

For international students

Applicants should normally have: A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. English language requirements: International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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