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Royal Holloway, University of London, MSc, Data Science and Analytics

 

Study mode Start date Duration Fee international Fee UK/ EU Fee study period Year of study
Full-time Sep years: 1 - 2 £20500 £11300 Academic year 2019 - 2020

The importance of Big Data grows year on year, with sectors including healthcare, manufacture, retail, administration and more reliant on the insights that accurate data capture and analysis can provide. Study Data Science and Analytics at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll develop the practical skills needed to handle and analyse data in a wide variety of fields, preparing you for a rewarding career in Big Data.


You’ll study in a department with a strong reputation for research excellence. The  Department of Computer Science was ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to this leading research culture with your own Individual Project.


This flexible programme gives you the chance to tailor your learning to your own strengths and interests, with a broad range of optional modules including Online Machine Learning, Methods of Bioinformatics and Microeconometrics providing  scope and variety. You’ll be well-equipped to continue your studies at PhD level, which will place you in a strong position to pursue more advanced, research-based roles after graduation.


Skills that you will acquire include the ability to:

  • work with methods and techniques such as clustering, regression, support vector machines, boosting, decision trees, and neural networks
  • work with structured, unstructured, and time-series data
  • work with software packages such as MATLAB and R
  • design data processing solutions for data-intensive analytics problems
  • work with modern tools for massively distributed data processing, such as Hadoop and Pig, and Cloud Computing tools such as Amazon S3, EC2 and Elastic MapReduce
  • design Extract-Transfer-Load (ETL) pipelines
  • design Data Warehousing and Decision Support System (DSS) solutions
  • work with highly-scalable data-storage solutions, such as MongoDB, Cassandra, HBase, and other NoSQL Data Stores
  • work with data-intensive computing technologies, such as Hadoop MapReduce, Spark, Hive, and Pig
  • work with Cloud Computing tools, such as Amazon S3, EC2 and Elastic MapReduce

Follow your passion for Data Science and Analytics at Royal Holloway and you’ll graduate with a desirable Masters degree from a highly regarded department, as well as transferable skillset that’s both in short supply and in high demand by employers. Our location near the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – means students can benefit from networking and placement opportunities with some of the country’s top technology institutions.

  • Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’
  • Graduate with a Master's degree leading to excellent graduate employability prospects.
  • Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules
  • Choose from a one-year programme structure or add an optional year in industry

Demand for data scientists is buoyant, in the UK and worldwide, with salaries much higher than other IT professions and at least double the UK average full-time wage. Study Data Science and Analytics at Royal Holloway, University of London and you'll graduate with excellent employability prospects in a range of fields. 


Our proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as 'England’s Silicon Valley' – provides excellent networking opportunities with some of the country’s top technology institutions. We bring several companies to our campus throughout the year, both for fairs and for delivering advanced topics seminars, which are an excellent opportunity to learn about what they do and discuss possible placements or jobs.


Our graduates enter into successful careers in academia or in companies or organisations operating in highly competitive areas. In recent years, these have included Amazon, American Express, BGL Group, Bupa, Capita, Centrica, EY, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, JP Morgan, Microsoft, ONS, PWC, QuintilesIMS, Rolls Royce, Shell, UBS, VMware, Xerox and the Z/Yen Group.

In addition to the support provided by The Careers and Employability Service, the department has a dedicated administrator and an academic who coordinates and oversees placements and job opportunities.


  • Strong industry ties help to provide placement and networking opportunities with some of the country’s leading institutions.
  • Together with our on-site Careers and Employability Service, we run one-to-one coaching sessions and workshops, helping you to find a placement or job and lead a successful career.

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University campus has an ideal location - just 19 miles from central London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport. The University campus is frequently named as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

Situated just 40 minutes by train from London and seven miles from Heathrow, with a number of attractions, sporting and entertainment venues within easy reach, you'll love our brilliant location.