The course provides a professional and popular postgraduate programme of study that develops in students a critical appreciation of data science and the use of software to analyse and synthesise data.
Data Science or "Big Data" has never been more important. Modern computing systems and software have allowed greater insights to be garnered from very larger data sets and to provide actionable information.
Graduates from this course will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop and manage data science systems, thus enabling students to enhance their existing skills in anticipation of meeting the increasing commercial demand in this area.
Learning & Teaching
Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.
Modular Subject Tutorials
Tutorials are meetings of a student or group of students with a lecturer or lecturers and are used in two ways within the programme:
- expanding upon material covered in lectures through an enquiry-driven problem-solving approach
- remedial work to overcome any deficiencies in a student's background knowledge.
Seminars involve a student or students presenting previously prepared work to peers and a lecturer. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem-solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in presentational skills as well as providing staff with a method of assessing student-centred learning.
In these classes, students are able to practise and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can receive feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and the workplace.
Case studies are a teaching and learning strategy, employed in a range of modules; they also are a useful assessment tool. Students are presented with or asked to develop real or simulated complex problems which they are required to analyse in detail and then synthesise/present their own solution in writing or orally.
All modules will be supported by Moodle and provide students with a wide range of learning material and study guidance.
Employability & Careers
Graduates will typically pursue careers as data analysts, IT consultants and managers in the business in addition to a range of posts involving the analysis of data. The programme also gives students a range of computing skills that could be applied to any role within the fields of business and computing.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should meet one of the following:
- Possess, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in a relevant area with a minimum of a 2:2 classification;
- Hold a suitable professional qualification from an appropriate professional body.
Students whose first language is NOT English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard.
7 Reasons to Study in the UK at Cardiff Metropolitan University:
Reason one – Graduate Employability
All courses at Cardiff Met have a focus on our students’ future careers, and their employability. Our undergraduate programmes all include work placements, and we have a number of postgraduate courses with opportunities for one year internships. Our focus on student entrepreneurship helps our students to become highly employable graduates.
Reason two – Teaching Excellence and Student Satisfaction
Cardiff Met has achieved a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, and consistently receives high levels of student satisfaction. A number of our courses recently scored 100% in the latest National Student Survey.
Reason three – International Student Support
Cardiff Met prides itself on its International Student Support, and we’ve been ranked top in the UK 6 times over the last 10 years. We have a dedicated Global Student Advice Team that helps students from the minute they accept their offer at the university. From applying for their visa, finding accommodation, and meeting you at the airport when you arrive in the UK, to helping you settle into UK life, and offering academic skills classes, the team here takes the stress out of coming to study in a new country, and allows you to concentrate on your studies.
Reason four – Fantastic Student Facilities
Over the last few years Cardiff Met have made considerable enhancements in our student facilities, with £70 million of completed and planned investments. From state of the art workshops and studios, to world leading sports facilities and student centres, the university has everything you need to excel during your studies.
Reason five – A Great Student Community
With an active student’s union, supporting student clubs and societies, along with sports teams and clubs for skills and abilities of all levels, Cardiff Met is a great place to get involved with all aspects of student life. Our on-campus accommodation provides students with a safe and friendly place to live, and the university was recently voted as having the Best Student Community in Halls in the National Student Housing Survey.
Reason six – The City of Cardiff
Not only has Cardiff been consistently named as the most affordable student city in the UK, it’s also a fantastic place to live, and offers students a very high standard of living. With everything from entertainment, to shopping, from culture, to food, drink and events, Cardiff has something for everyone.
Reason seven – Study in Wales
You’ll be studying in the country of Wales. Wales offers students the opportunity to obtain a UK degree that is recognised worldwide, in a friendly and beautiful environment. It’s a great base to explore the rest of the UK during your studies, whilst discovering everything this unique country has to offer.