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UCC has launched a new four-year BSc in Data Science and Analytics

19 Jan
BSc Data Science and Analytics 2018

Servicing the soaring data science and analytics sector

A recent Morgan McKinley salary survey has shown that salaries for newly qualified data scientists and analysts are currently in the region of €50,000. This rises sharply within five years.

Data analytics is used to interpret large volumes of data of different types from different sources to provide information that can be used in decision making. For example, supermarket loyalty cards collect vast amounts of data on a daily basis from shoppers which they use for stock control, stock placement, advertising and special offers.

The skills required to understand the data encompasses computer science and statistics expertise. In a recent careers report by recruitment firm Glassdoor, three out of every five most attractive jobs in the USA will be filled by graduates with data science and analytics skills.

Professor Gregory Provan, Department of Computer Science, said: “The reason data analytics is so pervasive is that data is being generated constantly - most of the time you are not conscious that your behavior is generating information for advertisers, government, business etc. As soon you connect a device to the internet, every time you go shopping, every time you travel etc. data is generated.

“The positive impact of data science and analytics can be seen in the medicine, sports, and fraud analytics to mention but a few,” he added. “In medicine for example, it can be used to assist inpatient scheduling, provide information on disease outbreak threats, for individual treatments of patients. These examples are just top of the iceberg.”

Business are also willing to pay Google, Facebook, Amazon and others for this data and use it to make business decisions. This information can be used to deliver advertising directed at you preference to your newsfeeds as well as in more conventional ways.

Due to the success of the MSc in Data Science and Analytics, UCC will introduce a BSc in Data Science and Analytics starting in September 2018. The first cohort of students in the new four year degree programme will produce graduates that are sought after both nationally and internationally.

Details of the programme can be found on Further Information  

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