Data Analytics


Data production was 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009. As a result, the world needs data analysts to take this data and use it to help companies make better business decisions or assist healthcare providers reaching those most in need.

The role of a data scientist is highly diverse, overlapping many areas such as computer science, mathematics, statistics, modelling and analytics. Our MSc in Data Analytics provides a balanced route to learning through a blend of academic study and lab sessions, with a heavy focus on practical engagement with industry.

Engagement with Industry

Having been developed from engagement with industry rather than traditional academic subject areas, the diversity of data analytics opens up a multiplicity of possible job opportunities. In the first and second semesters, you will study 6 modules full-time which include opportunities for blended and collaborative learning. In the third semester, you will undertake a significant industry-based project.

World-class pedigree

Graduates will find employment in software companies, healthcare, banking, insurance, policing and tech companies working in the creation of intelligent buildings and behaviour analytics of customers. There is a current shortage in qualified staff for these roles, which is also the case in Northern Ireland where there have been a number of recent investments and expansions in the Data Analytics sector.

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"The MSc Data Analytics will equip successful candidates for any data scientist role and make them highly marketable for what is now seen as “the sexiest job in the 21st century” as reported by The Harvard Business Review."

Professor Adele Marshall, Programme Director

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MSc Data Analytics

Data Analytics is an exciting field of rapid developments. Data is everywhere and continuing to grow massively, creating huge growth in demand for qualified experts to be able to extract the real benefit from the data.

The role of a data scientist requires the right skills to be able to see the detail, solve the problem (having specified the problem!), and communicate effectively the findings to colleagues to empower them to make decisions.The programme provides a balanced route to learning through a blend of academic study and lab sessions, with a heavy focus on practical engagement with industry.

This course is unique having been developed from engagement with industry rather than the traditional academic subject areas. The key core skills that a data scientist needs have been clearly defined and forms the basis for the course. As a result, there are no optional modules or choice as it is essential that in order to produce the “all rounded” data scientist that all these skills are packaged into each individual.

Why choose Queen's

Queen's in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects

(QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Access to top companies

Our Analytics in Action module leverages the commitment of industry to provide real data for “Analytathons” and projects. The module offers real-world examples of data analytics presented by the industry experts working alongside the academics who will provide the theory.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Frontiers in Analytics module shows off some of latest state-of-the-art techniques analytics in particular in Visual Analytics and Behavioural Analytics.

Postgraduates from Queen's

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as the leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Future-ready graduates

Industry forecasts indicate that Data Analytics is a growing field internationally, with job opportunities set to increase exponentially predicting growths of 160% between 2013 and 2020 (eSkills report, Big Data Analytics 2013-2020).