University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Big Data

The course is designed for students who aspire to a job in data science or analytics. Big Data skills are in high demand and the course at the University of Stirling is a taught advanced Master's degree covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as maths, computing, engineering or an analytic science. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

The course covers Big data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications. The syllabus includes: mathematics for big data; python scripting; big data theory and computing foundations; big databases and NoSQL; analytics, machine learning and data visualisation; optimisation and heuristics for big problems; hadoop and mapreduce; scientific and commercial applications; student projects.

Assessment methods

Each module has an assignment and an exam, but the emphasis is on the course work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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