Big Challenges being addressed by this programme – motivation

Globally, there is a reported shortage of data analytics talent, particularly of individuals with the required deep technical and analytical skills. (1)

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. (1)

CNN has listed jobs in this area in their Top 10 best new jobs in America.

1) “Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills”, 2013-2020. Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, 2014.

Programme objectives & purpose

This is an advanced programme that provides Computing graduates with advanced knowledge and skills in the emerging growth area of Data Analytics. It includes advanced topics such as large-scale data analytics, information retrieval, data mining, natural language processing, and web data analytics. It also includes foundational modules in topics such as statistics 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 go into academic research or to pursue careers in industry in a wide range of areas. Opportunities include:

  • PhD-level research in NUI Galway, elsewhere in Ireland, or abroad
  • Multinational enterprises, in Galway and elsewhere, that provide services and solutions for analytics and big data;
  • Multinational enterprises whose businesses depend on analytics and big data technologies;
  • What’s special about CoEI/National University Ireland Galway in this area:

The MSc in Computer Science (Data Analytics) is being delivered by the Information Technology Discipline, in collaboration with the Insight Research Centre and with input from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics in 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
  • The Insight research centre in NUI Galway is Europe’s largest research centre for Data Analytics
  • This programme opens the door for graduates for opportunities in PhD level research, careers in industry, or starting new ventures.

Programme Structure

90 ECTS programme

One full year in duration, beginning September and finishing August


  • Foundational taught modules (20 ECTS)
  • Advanced taught modules (40 ECTS)
  • Research/Industry Project (30 ECTS).

Programme Content

Sample Modules

  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Linear Algebra
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Programming for Data Analytics
  • Research Project Fundamentals
  • Open & Linked Data
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Learning & Data Mining
  • Learning for Information Retrieval
  • Tools & Techniques for Large Scale Data Analytics
  • Data Mining on the Web
  • Systems Modelling and Simulation
  • Case Studies in Data Analytics
  • Embedded Signal Analysis and Processing
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Data Visualisation

Opportunity for a number of Industrial & Research internships:

Students enrolled in this programme will have an opportunity to apply for a one-year post-graduation internship in either a related industry or research group in Ireland.


A number of scholarships are being made available by the College of Engineering and Informatics to non-EU students registered on these MSc programmes. Each scholarship will be valued at €2,500 and will be awarded to successful candidates based on the submission of a personal statement and CV to the College.

A number of industry-sponsored Scholarships will also be available, each to the value of €2,500.

Entry Requirements

The M.Sc. is suitable for high-performing graduates of Computer Science and closely related degree programmes. Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have at least Second class honours, grade one in a Level 8 degree such as a B.Sc. in Computer Science or a BE in Computer Engineering, or another degree programme that is similar in content to the relevant undergraduate degrees offered by NUI Galway and is from a recognised university or third level college.

How to apply

Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). The PAC code for this program is GYE06.

Program taught in:
  • English

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