This programme teaches the theory and skills for managing and analysing very large and complex data sets, sometimes referred to as Big Data. Students will learn how to model, store and process these data sets using the latest algorithms and techniques. They will also learn about modern methods and tools for visually exploring them.
The programme is research led and students will benefit from the interaction with staff who are involved in internationally leading research projects in the field. The skills acquired by students will be applicable to industrial applications as well as scientific data exploration such as business intelligence or e-health.
This full-time programme starts in mid September and lasts one year. Admission requires a good honours degree with a substantial academic component of Computing or IT that includes study of databases and programming.
Full time students take 4 courses in semester 1 and 4 courses in semester 2
and must normally take courses in bold.
After semester 2, students continue full time on the MSc project F21MP until the programme ends in August.
Various schemes are available for financing study on this programme. Applications are made to the programme Admissions Officer at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
This MSc programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) and should fulfil its further education requirements for a Chartered IT Professional. It also partially fulfils membership requirements for the CEng and CSci professional bodies.
Non-native English speakers are expected to be proficient in English at the CEF level of B2 (upper intermediate). This can be established by an IELTS Academic English score of 6.0 or in other ways. English language training courses can be taken at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh during the summer before postgraduate study begins.
The 8 taught courses can also be studied over 9 months as part of a Postgraduate Diploma programme with the same title. Students who perform at MSc level on the Postgraduate Diploma programme may transfer when it ends to the MSc programme and complete their project F21MP for an MSc.
Candidates holding a little less than a 1st or second class honours degree or its equivalent may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme and are eligible for transfer to the MSc programme under the normal conditions.
Part-time study for the MSc over two years is also possible by special arrangement with the programme director. A typical arrangement would be for students to take 2 courses in semesters 1 and 2 in the first year, 2 courses in semesters 1 and 2 in the second year and split the research and implementation of the MSc project over 2 years.
To qualify for an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma, students must successfully complete 8 lectured courses at the appropriate level. The assessment of these courses is by examination and course work.
MSc students must also complete the project course F21MP at MSc level.
For further information on the programme or to arrange a visit to the Department contact the admissions officer.
The Department reserves the right to modify the list of courses and may not run every course every year. It may not be possible to take all combinations of courses, students must satisfy the prerequisites of any courses and any course choice must be made in consultation with the programme director.
Computer Science Office, Room 1.24 Earl Mountbatten Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland
For information about postgraduate programmes, telephone +44 (0)131 451 8444 or