MSc Data Science
- Delivery type
- Weekdays (full-time) / Weekends (part-time)
- 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
- Intake date
- September, January* (* part-time only)
Our MSc in data science teaches the theory and skills for managing and analysing very large and complex data sets, sometimes referred to as Big Data.
Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
+971 4 571 7000
You will learn how to model, store and process these data sets using the latest algorithms and techniques and about modern methods and tools for visually exploring them.
The core courses of the programme provide the key skill set of a data scientist: applying machine learning, managing large data sets, and generating interesting visualisations.
The skills acquired will be applicable to business applications, industrial applications and also to scientific data exploration.
This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society.
Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.
The world-class teaching, free access to educational materials and a strong alumni network are just some of the reasons why MACS school is the go-to option when it comes to higher education in the UAE.
Students undertake four courses in semester 1 and a further four courses in semester 2. On this programme, the following taught courses are mandatory:
- Big Data Management
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Statistical Modelling and Analysis
- Data Visualisation and Analytics
- Research Methods and Project Planning
- Applied Development Operations
- Computer Network Security
- Software Engineering Foundations
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Industrial Programming
- Biologically Inspired Computation
- Applied Text Analytics
- Digital and Knowledge Economy
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the MSc qualification undertake a Masters project, which culminates in a dissertation.
The job market in Dubai is fast evolving to accommodate the needs of the emerging knowledge economy towards which the UAE in general and Dubai in particular is moving. Within that context, the job prospects for graduates in MSc Data Science are excellent, both locally and also globally.
For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.
To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.
Fees and funding
- AED 91990*
* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT
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