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MSc Data Science

MSc Data Science

Learn about the course below
Start
September
Duration
1 year full time 2 years part time
Attendance
Full time Part time
Fees
64,600
Course leader

The role of a data scientist is rapidly becoming a required position for any company that wishes to take full advantage of the data they collect. There is an increased demand for professionals that have the correct mix of mathematics, statistics, computer science, business acumen, and the ability to leverage emerging technologies to solve real-life problems.

Course Highlights

This hands on programme blends practice with theory to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to pursue a career in Data Science. It includes significant time working in laboratories under the supervision of expert teaching staff, many of who have worked in the industry and are leading experts in the area. Students will be exposed to cutting-edge contemporary research activity within data science that will equip research-oriented students with the potential to pursue a research-based career, and, in particular, further PhD study.

Focusing on the intertwining areas of machine learning, visual analytics, and data governance, the programme aims to strike a balance between theoretical underpinnings, practical hands-on experience, and acquisition of industrially-relevant languages and packages. Students will investigate theoretical concepts while gaining practical experience, ensuring that they have the core skill base to gain a key understanding that will be readily applicable for a career in data science. Topics will include applied data analytics, practical big data handling, and cloud distribution, as well as legal, ethical and security aspects of data management. Students will also get an insight into how various business areas (HR, Finance, Marketing and others), are using Data Science to crack business issues. 

Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

    • Modelling, Regression and Machine Learning (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This course will equip you with the theoretical and algorithmic basis for understanding learning systems and the associated issues with very large datasets/data dimensionalities. You will be introduced to algorithmic approaches to learning from exemplar data and will learn the process of representing training data within appropriate feature spaces for the purposes of classification. You will also focus on basic data structures and algorithms for efficient data storage and manipulation. The major classifier types are taught before introducing the specific instances of classifiers along with appropriate training protocols. You will explore where classifiers have a relationship to statistical theory as well as notions of structural risk with respect to model fitting. You will be equipped with techniques for managing this in practical contexts.

    • Visual Data Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an understanding of the methods, theories and techniques relevant to interactive visual data analysis. You will learn relevant principles and practices in visual data analysis design, implementation, and evaluation. You will gain experience in researching, designing, implementing, and evaluating your own visual analysis solutions, using both off-the-shelf tool-kits and data visualisation programming libraries. You will gain the knowledge to support your future employment or research in the fast-developing areas of data science, particularly visual analytics.

    • Applied Data Analytics: Tools, Practical Big Data Handling, Cloud Distribution (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This course will provide an in-depth of the tools and systems used for mining massive dataset and, more in general, an introduction to the fascinating emerging field of Data Science. The module is divided in three parts. The first part focuses on the language R, a statistical learning language used to learn from data. This part provides an overview of the most common data mining and machine learning algorithms and every discussed concept is accompanied by illustrative examples written in R language. The second part of the module introduces the participant to MapReduce, a programming model used to process big data sets. We will teach how to design good MapReduce algorithms to process massive datasets. The third, and last, part of the module takes a tour through cloud computing systems and teaches the participant how to effectively use them.

    • Legal, Ethical and Security Aspects of Data Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on legal, ethical and security requirements that underpin the technical processes and practice of data science (the collection, preparation, management, analysis and interpreting of large amounts of data called big data). Data science leads to predictive analyses and insights into big data for businesses, healthcare organisations, governments and security services among others. The volume of data collected, stored and processed brings many concerns especially related to privacy, data protection, liability, ownership and licensing of intellectual property rights and information security. This module will explore how data can be fairly and lawfully processed and protected by legal and technical means. It will give students a comprehensive understanding of important legal domains/regulatory issues, relevant ethical theories/guidance and important information security management policies that impact on the practice of data science. Further it will equip student with the necessary foundations to develop high professional standards when working as data scientists.

    • Individual Data Science Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This project module would give the student the opportunity to use a combination of general research methods and project planning, execution, management, evaluation, reporting knowledge and skills and specialist computer science and data science knowledge and understanding to apply an existing or emerging technology to the solution of a practical problem, or to contribute and extend the theoretical understanding of new and advancing technology and its application. The project will also give students the opportunity to demonstrate a personal commitment to legal, ethical, professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment. You will develop your communication skills to competently communicate your findings in written and oral form.

The course is taught through a series of practical workshops as well as self-directed study and project-based learning. There will be no formal lectures as all course content will be embedded within workshop sessions. Specialist facilities have been developed on campus exclusively for this degree and you will be taught how to use them by a number of experienced staff.

Academic Requirements

  • An Honours degree normally classified 2.2 or above, or equivalent, in engineering, computer science or any numerate discipline.
  • Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant experience
  • Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant experience in the field and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

58

PearsonPTE General

Level 4


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The job role of a Data Scientist is now common and reflective of the increased industrial demand; the course itself is designed to cater to the specification of a Data Scientist. Reports show that machine learning, big data, and data science skills are highly in demand, creating a significant number of data-related jobs by 202. Graduates of the programme will be well equipped for careers as a Data Scientists in a range of industries – both public and private sectors.

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