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The course focuses on Big Data, traditional and unconventional data management, including acquisition, storage, warehousing, analytics and visualisation tools and techniques. You’ll put these skills into practice in our state-of-the-art facilities.
Importantly, the course satisfies industry’s demand for Data Scientists who have the ability to relate key performance indicators, and contribute to business decision-making at a high level – giving you an advantage in the job market.
Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical knowledge with practical experience in data storage, mining, warehousing, visualisation and analysis as well as transferable skills.
*For students who undertake a placement the course duration will be extended by the length of the placement.
The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within data science. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated Project Supervisor, you will propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs. You will be invited to attend talks presented by highly-experienced researchers, speakers from industry, and members of the BCS (British Computer Society) on a wide range of industry-related topics. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.
Part-time September start students
- A) Part-time September start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (Approximately 28 months)
- B) Part-time September start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year. (Approximately 33 months)
Part-time January start students
- C) Part-time January start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (Approximately 32 months)
- D) Part-time January start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September-December that year. (Approximately 36 months)
- Lectures - 30 students per group, 24 hours over two months
- Tutorial - 30 students per group, 24 hours over two months
A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 4 written exams, typically for 3-4 hours
- 2 reports
- 1 dissertation (final year project)
- 1 oral assessment
- 8 practical skills assessment
- 1 group critique
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.
Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.
The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
Students who perform particularly well during their first semester of studies will be invited to apply for any long-term placement opportunities (40-45 weeks) found by the Placement Office. Alternatively, you can seek your own long placement or a short placement. Note that permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School and students who go on long placement also need to pay a ￡1000 fee.
For students who undertake a placement the course duration will be extended by the length of the placement.
The opportunity to exploit Big Data is recognised world-wide, and it is included in government economic strategies. The UK Government and Scottish Governments highlight it as an emerging opportunity for growth. The course prepares you for a career in Data Science or in Big Data. Job openings include: Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Visualisation Specialist, Data Manager, Database Designer/Manager, Data Mining Expert and Big Data Scientist. The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.
Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups, so graduates can seek employment locally. RGU is also involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies, and you may benefit from the university’s links with some of these companies when it comes to securing placements or employment.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Mathematics, Statistics, Computing or any other analytical discipline.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
- ￡5,500 for entire MSc course
- ￡2,750 for year 1
- ￡2,750 for year 2
- No fee for year 3
Rest of UK Students
- ￡6,920 entire course
- ￡2,750 year 1
- ￡2,750 year 2
- ￡1,420 year 3
- ￡16,950 entire course
- ￡6,360 year 1
- ￡6,360 year 2
- ￡4,230 year 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- ￡5,500 for the entire MSc course
- ￡2,750 for stage 1
- ￡2,750 for stage 2
- No fee for stage 3
Rest of UK Students
- ￡6,750 for the entire MSc course
- ￡2,750 for stage 1
- ￡2,750 for stage 2
- ￡1,250 for stage 3
- ￡13,590 for the entire MSc course
- ￡5,100 for stage 1
- ￡5,100 for stage 2
- ￡3,390 for stage 3
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- ￡1,000 for long placement
- ￡320 for short placement
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees.
There are a limited number of funded places on this course.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
The Data Lab
We have free places funded by The Datalab, which aims to develop the data science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than ￡100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.
All applicants can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.