M.Sc. Online

Big Data (Online)

University of Stirling

24 months
4987 GBP/year
4987 GBP/year
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This MSc in Big Data (Online) from University of Stirling is a two year course designed to equip you with skills in big data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications that will lead to a job in in the growing data science or analytics fields.


Big Data skills are in high demand and they attract high salaries. If you want to become a data scientist, this is the course for you. The MSc Big Data (Online) from University of Stirling is a taught advanced Masters degree covering coding skills, the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics.

This is a 100% online course which gives you the opportunity to study in a way that suits your personal and professional needs. A combination of video lectures, live sessions and online materials are used to teach this course enabling you to access them whenever is the right time for you.

Scotland is a growing and dynamic country with an exciting future at the heart of the data science revolution. £661 million invested in vision of turning capital city into the ‘Data Capital of Europe’ (Source: Scottish Development International).

Course objectives

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the issues of scalability of databases, data analysis, and search
  • the ability to choose the right solution for a commercial task involving big data, including databases, architectures and cloud services
  • an understanding of the analysis of big data including methods to visualise and automatically learn from vast quantities of data
  • the programming skills to build simple solutions using big data technologies such as MapReduce and scripting for NoSQL, and the ability to write parallel algorithms for multi-processor execution

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Representing and Manipulating Data
  • Commercial and Scientific Applications
  • Cloud Computing 
  • Statistics with R 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as maths, computing, engineering or an analytic science. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.
  • If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course, INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.
  • Explore INTO Stirling programmes to see the pathway and pre-masters routes available for this course and others at the University of Stirling.

Tuition Fee

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    4987 GBP/year
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    4987 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9975 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.


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