Programme Objectives & Purpose

The MSc in Computer Science (Data Analytics) is an advanced MSc programme delivered by the Information Technology Discipline, in collaboration with the The Insight Centre for Data Analytics in NUI Galway, which is Europe’s largest research centre for Data Analytics.

The programme is designed to provide graduates of Computer Science and closely related areas with in-depth knowledge and skills in the emerging growth area of Data Analytics. It includes topics such as large-scale data analytics, advanced machine learning and data-mining, information retrieval, natural language processing and web mining. It also includes foundational modules in topics such as statistics, probability and programming for data analytics. Students on the programme further deepen their knowledge of Data Analytics by working on a project either in conjunction with a research group or with an industry partner.

Graduates will be excellently qualified to pursue exciting careers in national and multinational industries in a wide range of areas. Our graduates currently work for companies as diverse as IBM, SAP, Cisco, Avaya, Google, Fujitsu and Merck Pharmaceuticals as well as many specialised companies and start-ups.

Motivation for this programme

Almost everything we do results in data being created and stored somewhere. Individuals, communities, business and governments face major challenges in harnessing all this data to create knowledge that that will underpin a healthier, safer, more productive world.

  • Organizations worldwide are facing a rapid growth in volume, velocity and complexity of data
  • Computational analytics of large and heterogeneous volumes of data requires new approaches and tools
  • This is exacerbated by the global shortage of data analytics talent, particularly of individuals with the required deep technical knowledge and analytical skills.

Opportunities include:

  • The development of innovative new services and products based on data analytics
  • The development of new types of data analysis services and solutions
  • The creation of leading-edge start-ups that provide analytics solutions and products.
  • New modes of scientific research and discovery through the analysis of vast data sets (Big Data)
  • PhD-level research in NUI Galway, elsewhere in Ireland, or abroad

Market Demand

  • Accenture, Gartner and McKinsey have all identified Data Analytics as one of the fastest growing employment areas in computing and one most likely to make an impact in the future.
  • The Irish Government’s policy is for Ireland to become a leading country in Europe for big data and analytics, which would result in 21,000 potential new employment opportunities in Ireland alone.
  • CNN has listed jobs in this area in their Top 10 best new jobs in America.

What is special about College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway

  • The MSc in Computer Science (Data Analytics) is being delivered by the Information Technology Discipline, in collaboration with the The Insight Centre for Data Analytics in NUI Galway, which is Europe’s largest research centre for Data Analytics.
  • The MSc is also supported by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics and the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway.
  • The Information Technology Discipline is NUI Galway’s Computer Science academic discipline, with a 25-year track record of education, research, and industry collaboration
  • 9 of the top 10 global software companies (e.g. Microsoft, IBM) have strategic business activities in Ireland, as have all of the top 10 “born on the Internet” companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Galway has been ranked in the top 25 European cities of the future and the No. 1 Micro City in Europe by the Financial Times publication fDi Intelligence, 2014