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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Database Management Informatics

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is ideal if you want to pursue a career as a Big Data scientist or expert, deriving valuable insights and business-relevant knowledge from massive amounts of data. The programme provides you with the in-depth knowledge and advanced skills that you will need to actively contribute to the development and design of systems for Big Data analytics. There is a real need in the job market for people who are expertly trained to model huge amounts of data, with demand for data-driven systems in all sectors increasing year-on-year. During this course, you will cover the fundamental statistical methods (e.g. data mining and machine learning), technological tools (e.g. Cloud, Hadoop, Spark), and security measures required to undertake large-scale data analysis. Our specialist laboratories have everything you will need to develop a thorough critical understanding and gain valuable hands-on experience in a wide range of emerging technologies, such as Cyber Forensic lab, the OpenStack Cloud platform, and multiple Big Data platforms.

You will be assessed using a mixture of practical coursework and a theory exam. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including laboratory work, data analysis and oral presentations. The Research Dissertation is assessed on a final written report, a poster presentation and a practical component. You will receive detailed feedback on all assessment outlining strengths and areas of improvement. We specialise in a number of areas including Big Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Machine Learning, Hadoop and Spark technologies, Cloud Systems, and Security – in all these areas there is a shortage of qualified practitioners. This course will open up fantastic new opportunities to develop your career and increase your earning potential, either within industry or in academia. Students will also achieve Postgraduate Certificate in Big Data Technologies (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma in Big Data Technologies (120 credits) awards during this course.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Cloud Computing - Core
Big Data Analytics - Core
Research Dissertation - Core
Machine Learning on Big Data - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have BSc with a minimum of 2.2 Honours in a Science or Engineering subjects. We would normally expect them to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more