New RGU course looks to target big data

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched a new Masters course focused on extracting value from the vast amounts of data that is generated on a daily basis.

The new MSc Data Science course, which will launch in September, aims to equip students with the skills to exploit ‘big data’ in a way which will provide increased efficiencies in industry.

Data science provides novel opportunities to analyse data and provide new insights through what is often called predictive analytics. This allows the discovery of previously unnoticed trends and relationships in data, which help predict what might happen in the future. 

The course will prepare graduates in technical disciplines for a career in the design, implementation and use of computer-analytics and visualisation solutions for industry.

Course leader, Dr. Mohamed Gaber, said: “The economic benefits of harnessing big data have already been recognised around the world and it has also been identified by the UK Government as a key area for investment in the future.

“This course will allow graduates to apply appropriate data science tools and techniques to industry’s data in order to uncover important, previously unknown information only implicit in the data.”

The new course follows RGU’s launch of a Centre for Smart Data Technologies, a research hub which aims to bring the benefits of analysing and mining vast quantities of data to industry.

Students will learn to handle large amounts of real-time, non-persistent, data; contribute to business decision-making by effectively communicating (potentially large volumes of) key data visually; and understand, clean up, summarise, interpret and manage data.

They will also be able to identify added value through data analytics; provide user-centred data analytics at an appropriate level; and protect and share data as appropriate.

There are a number of free-fee places for part-time and full-time studies available for Scottish/EU applicants for 2015/16 entry.

Find out more about the new MSc Data Science course

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology