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International: Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.
- Learn to use industry-leading software including SAS and HaDoop.
- Gain hands-on knowledge of data storage, data mining and statistical modelling techniques.
- Study aspects related to the distribution and integration of data with emphasis on the business context.
- Prepare for jobs with salaries ranging from £35,000 - £80,000.
Big data analysis is essential for companies to understand their customers better, develop new products and cut operational costs. This course has been developed in consultation with our industry contacts to create graduates who can become data scientists capable of working with the massive amounts of data now common to many businesses.
How you learn
This course explores statistics, computing and management to help you develop the skills and expertise needed by a data scientist. You learn about data analytics (including statistical modelling and data mining), systems development (including big data and distributed systems), data integration, how data is stored and utilised, and the core skills around professionalism and research.
Our partnerships with business inform the course design, ensuring the content is relevant, up-to-date and meets the needs of industry. These partnerships also enable the inclusion of cutting edge software such as SAS.
You learn through
- teaching sessions
- learning materials
- recommended readings
- problem-based learning
- group projects
- contemporary software platforms
Course leaders and tutors
You will have the opportunity to work on real, work-based projects supplied by an external company or emulated industry case studies. You will utilise your skills and knowledge from earlier studies of topics such as data integration, statistical modelling, big data and distributed systems, to situations of genuine complexity.
The teaching team make use of their research and industry connections to facilitate the inclusion of real work scenarios and case studies within many of the modules.
There are many industries that make use of the skills developed on the course once you have graduated, including
- Public Sector (Police, Government, NHS) Organisations such as Amazon, Facebook, UK Ministry of Defence, HSBC and GSK all make use of data management/analytics extensively to help them to better understand their customers and to make informed business decisions. IBM ranked these jobs as one of the most difficult for employers to recruit, due in part to the shortage of skilled data scientists.
You will have the opportunity to go on a work placement for up to 12 months. You are supported by our placement team who can help you to find placements and apply for a placement vacancy as you would a job. There are also dedicated sessions to support you in CV writing, interview skills and job applications.
Placements start during the summer and most are paid with an average salary of £10,000 to £14,000 per year. Your course leader will maintain regular communication with you and your employer to make sure of your progress.
This course prepares you for a career in
- statistical analysis and machine learning techniques
- database and programming technologies
- statistical theory
- marketing and insight
- credit risk
- data and technology
- digital analytics
- data science
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- the Bank of England
- INC Research
- Axis Bank
Some of the associated careers in these fields are
- customer insight analyst
- credit risk analyst
- fraud analyst
- forensic analyst
- big data architect
- business intelligence developer
- digital analyst
- data scientist
For an additional fee, you also have the opportunity to sit the SAS base certification exam.
Sheffield Hallam is a member of the SAS Student Academy.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- leading edge software including • SAS • SAP • HaDoop • MapReduce • Java • MSQL
A good honours degree in computing, computer science, maths or statistics or other relevant areas or equivalent.
We consider your application if you do not have a relevant degree but have at least one year's direct work experience in computing or a relevant area. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Non-native speakers of English need an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent). If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
ModulesThe modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Data Analytics: Tools And Techniques||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Industrial Expertise||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Postgraduate Placement||Credits: -||Assessment:||&:nbsp;|
|Module: Programming Concepts And Practice||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Research Skills And Dissertation||Credits: 60.00||
|Module: Study Skills And Project Management||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: System Design And Development Project||Credits: 45.00||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
£13,500 for the course
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF)
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