Modern technologies are constantly changing and reshaping the way we interact with the world and each other.
Data science and analytics is about carrying out the investigations needed to inform important decisions and to predict new trends.
Your course balances solid theory with practical application through exploring topics including: computer science and programming; databases and mathematical skills; ethical issues around the use and processing of data; as well as developing specialist skills in the areas of big data, data analytics and data science.
Data scientists are required in every sector, carrying out statistical analysis or mining data on social media, so our course can open the door to almost any industry, from health, to government, to publishing.
The speed at which individuals, businesses, organisations and governments are generating data is increasing at an unprecedented rate.
Making sense of all this data, deriving new insights and supporting better decisions requires not just new methods and techniques but also posing smarter questions. We look beyond the hype and focus on the real challenges, opportunities, commercialisation and social use of data.
We bring together academic experts in analytics and data science from across our University to offer cutting-edge research, specialist courses and vital business insights.
Our Masters courses offer you the opportunity to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in analytics and data science.
For students without a strong background in mathematics and computer science, we also offer a range of conversion courses that will suppose your skills in data science methodology.
"Whether it’s a car manufacturer, a government agency or a software company, all of them need skilled computer professionals. Although I had already studied a computer science degree, I wanted to expand my skills in machine learning and artificial intelligence, while at the same time developing knowledge of the processes and operations used to extract valuable information from data. The MSc Data Science at Essex was the perfect fit for me. The modules I most enjoy are the ones that require some sort of hands-on assignment. Whether it’s research or programming, I love to solve problems and write code."
Modern economies increasingly demand analytically trained researchers in both academia and practice.
A deep understanding of data science methodologies can generate significant opportunities for business leaders, managers, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
Research in data science will allow you to study state-of-the-art questions using cutting-edge methods and technologies with direct societal impact.
During your research at Essex, you’ll be supervised by internationally recognised researchers in data science topics such as machine learning, big data, statistical analysis, biostatistics, non-parameteric statistics, dimensionality reduction, clustering methods, deep learning and many more
"The journey of a PhD student is just like a roller coaster, so make sure you take the time to celebrate the wins and reflect on the losses. My PhD involves examining the process of skeletal muscle activation/deactivation by developing novel mathematical methods to extract dynamic information from image data. The most enjoyable aspect of my work is the flexibility it gives me as an individual and being able to deepen my understanding in the field of Bayesian statistics, which I find particularly interesting. In the future I plan to work in the industry as a Data Scientist, on various projects related either to macroeconomics or finance."
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.