Data analytics

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Data analytics

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.

Modern technologies are constantly changing and reshaping the way we interact with the world and each other. 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.

Why study here?
  • Join a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development.
  • We are home to many of the world's top scientists and engineers in the field of data analytics.
  • 84% of our Department of Mathematical Sciences graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022).
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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.

Why study here?
  • Our Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) conducts research into data issues from the scientific and technological, to the sociological and legal.
  • We offer you access to specialist research facilities such as the UK Data Archive and our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), both located on campus.
  • You have the opportunity to work in partnership with businesses and other organisations to develop real-world skills and knowledge.
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"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."
Victor Perez Cester msc data science student

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

Why study here?
  • Our Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) conducts research into data issues from the scientific and technological, to the sociological and legal.
  • You have the opportunity to access databases including Bloomberg and Compustat, Passport GMID, Bankscope and Datastream.
  • We offer you access to specialist research facilities such as the UK Data Archive and our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), both located on campus.
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"I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of data analytics and data science. I also enjoy solving challenging real-world problems using data. I'm now working as a postdoctoral researcher in statistical modelling at the University of Bristol, and all my degrees and work experience gained whilst I was at Essex helped me secure this position."
Madalina Mihailescu  phd data science 2021
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