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Data Science MSc

Overview

This postgraduate Masters course is uniquely designed for both computing and non-computing graduates wishing to pursue a career in data science community.

Data science is at the intersection of the fields of computer science, statistics, and design. In a rapidly evolving world, new types of big data are emerging from mobile devices, sensors, instruments, transactional systems, web logs, social media, the cloud and other sources. Businesses are accumulating big data at a rate that often exceeds their capacity to extract value from it.

MSc Data Science is ideally placed to provide you with technical knowledge and employer-focused skills required in a data scientist role. The course will develop your specialist knowledge of data acquisition, data cleansing, data analysis, information extraction, prediction, visualization, story-telling and explanation.

You'll gain hands-on experience using industry standard tools for data science,  business intelligence and analytics including SAS, Tableau MS SQL Server, Oracle Database, and R Programming.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

  • Research methods and professional issues
    This module presents research methodology. It covers different techniques  such as inductive and deductive reasoning and prediction. You’ll evaluate the legal and ethical issues on practice within typical information professions.
  • Future internet technologies
    Future internet technologies comprise of a set of enablers to deal with limitations of the existing internet. This includes (but is not limited to)  the evolution towards 4G+/5G networking architectures. The module may present the work driven by major research projects in Europe and USA (e.g. FIRE, GENI).
  • Statistical analysis and modelling
    This module develops your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of statistics and modelling as applied to analytical computer science and software engineering.
  • Business intelligence
    This module will give you knowledge of the theory, practice and research of data science techniques used for the storage/analysis of  big data using  business intelligence. You'll use industry standard tools such as  MS SQL Server.
  • Data management
    This module will give you a critical and evaluative knowledge of the technology and techniques used for  data quality and Data Management amid today’s complex Big Data environments, including practical techniques for data cleansing, manipulation and reporting for a variety of contemporary and emerging data types. The module is supported using industry standard software  e.g. MS SQL Server and Oracle.
  • Machine learning
    This module focuses on the development of computer programs that can teach themselves to grow and change when exposed to new data. Using industry standard software (e.g. SAS) you'll learn how to apply algorithms that iteratively learn from data. You'll also learn to evaluate and apply machine learning techniques that allow computers to find hidden insights from big data without being explicitly programmed where to look.
  • Data mining and analysis
    This module teaches the techniques and technologies applicable to the field of data mining including association techniques, sequence or path analysis, classification, clustering and forecasting. The module is supported using industry standard software (e.g. SAS, Tableau) for building dashboards, applying algorithms and applying  analytic techniques to structured and unstructured big data from social media, the cloud and other sources. 
  • MSc thesis
    This module will see you undertake a substantial, independent research project synthesizing knowledge and skills from the various disciplines on the taught course. You'll have the flexibility to select a subject of your choice to analyse and respond to.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations.

Employability

Career opportunities range from IT services to business consultancy, and this course will prepare you for a career in the business intelligence community working actively with a range of resources including tools from major commercial vendors such as Microsoft and SAS. 

As a graduate of this course you should to be able to work within the areas of business intelligence or business and data analytics, in roles such as a business intelligence specialist, data or business analyst or business intelligence developer.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

You are encouraged to actively seek placements, work experience and voluntary work during your studies to improve your CV and to give you the opportunity to put theory into practice. Many opportunities are offered through the University's central Employability team, who can support you in finding a placement.

Staff

Dr Daqing Chen

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Chen specialises in data mining and business intelligence.


Tasos Dagiuklas

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Head of Computer Science and Informatics

Tasos Dagiuklas’ research interests lie in the area of smart Internet technologies including open-based networking, digital-immersive media, cloud-computing, QoE Modeling-Management and Internet of Everything. He has over 130 publications including books and book chapters, journal articles and conference publications.


George Ubakanma

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer and Course Director Postgraduate Informatics having joined LSBU in 1992.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll make use of our e-learning suite and learn in a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and private study. You'll have access to specialist software including Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Netbeans 7.x with Java 7, Oracle, Python, SAS and Visual Paradigm.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 UK honours first degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject; or
  • A Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience; or
  • We recognise that many people have a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge they've developed at work or through training. If candidates have the potential to succeed in postgraduate or post-experience studies we'll consider their application on its individual merit. Applications may be considered where candidates demonstrate a combination of educational qualifications and work experience.
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
P060192
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
P060192
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £8300International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4940Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £2766.67International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5084Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

2017 fees

Fees for 2017 have not yet been set. Please check back later in the year.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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