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City to offer MSc in Data Science from September 2014

New postgraduate course will address critical skill shortages in the rapidly expanding field of Big Data applications.
by John Stevenson

Data Science

Through its brand new MSc in Data Science, City University London will be making its contribution to the next wave of technological innovation and scientific discovery.

Available from September 2014, the new course, taught in the Department of Computer Science, will also respond to critical skill shortages in the rapidly expanding field of Big Data. 

In his 'Eight great technologies' speech delivered in January 2013, the Right Honourable MP, and Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, singled out eight technologies in which Britain is a leader or has the potential to be a leader. The first of these is Big Data - the massive volume of structured and unstructured data, which has become difficult to process and manipulate using traditional database and software techniques.

Data Science is the scientific practice and process of extracting insight from such large collections of data, which, in Willetts' view, 'requires a transformation of data analysis".

nullAccording to course director and Reader in Neural-Symbolic Computing in the Department of Computer Science, Dr Artur Garcez, City is in an advantageous position to offer an MSc in Data Science:

"City's Department of Computer Science combines extensive research expertise in machine learning, neural computing, high performance computation, and visual analytics. City also benefits from strong research collaborations across Europe and beyond, a location in the heart of London and excellent relationships with bodies and companies such as the NHS, the BBC, The British Library, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Oracle. We are in a distinctive situation for offering a postgraduate course of this kind." The MSc in Data Science will equip students to address the Big Data challenge in areas such as health, business, security, intelligent transport, energy efficiency, online education, retail and the creative industries.

The course will teach students the principles of data acquisition, information extraction, aggregation and representation, data analysis, knowledge extraction, and explanation.

For further information on the MSc in Data Science, please visit this link.

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