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Why study this course?

On our Data Analytics MSc you'll dive into vital subjects including data mining, statistical modelling, business intelligence and data visualisation. The course has been developed with direct input from industry experts who know the value of learning through real-life business cases. By the end of the master's degree you’ll be ready to apply for rewarding roles in the data science and big data industries, as well as the many sectors and organisations that increasingly require data analysts.

Our Data Analytics MSc degree has been accredited with partial CITP status by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. This accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS. As a graduate of this course, accreditation will also entitle you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute.

The course has also achieved partial CENG status by BCS on behalf of the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The course can also prepare you for the industry-recognised Oracle Professional Certification.

This postgraduate course will equip you with the theoretical, technical and practical skills required to become a data analyst. With an expert teaching team, access to specialist software and work on real-life business cases, you’ll be well prepared for a career in data analytics upon graduation.

The modules on this course have been developed with the help of industry professionals, some of whom will be present to teach you in specific classes. These experts will help you explore advanced techniques in data science. You'll study specialist subjects including financial mathematics, statistical modelling and forecasting. What's more, you'll get the chance to develop your own unique piece of work in the MSc Project module.

You’ll also be trained to use specialist software tools and environments currently used by professionals in industry. As a partner of SAS® and Qlik Academic Programs, you'll have access to these revered tools, along with R and Python programming, IBM SPSS, Tableau, Oracle and Hadoop. Familiarity with these will greatly enhance your employability upon graduation.

Studying this Data Analytics MSc will see you gain exposure to key industry resources and real-life business case scenarios:

  • as one of the corporate members of London First we actively engage with key players in London’s business, political and civic communities to raise their profile directly with other business leaders
  • utlising real-world data from London Datastore will become second nature to you, building your skills to tackle real-world problems faced by communities
  • our students have previously worked on projects with Lloyds Bank and Islington Council
  • our academic team is eager for you to get involved with their research projects and publishing research papers, even providing students paid positions to participate

Accredited by the BCS

This course has been accredited with partial CITP status by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by the Engineering Council

The course has also achieved partial CENG status by BCS on behalf of the Engineering Council - this is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)

Become a member of the BCS

As a graduate of this course you will be entitled to professional membership of the British Computer Society (BCS), which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute

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Course modules

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2024/25 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules

Data Analysis and Visualization

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

(core, 20 credits)

This module explores fundamental concepts for analysing and visualising data. The module covers descriptive statistics for exploratory data analysis, correlation analysis and linear regression model. Graph and text data analysing techniques for web and big data and reporting the results and presenting the data with visualisation techniques are also discussed. A substantial practical element is integrated into the module to enable students to apply data analysis and visualisation techniques for real world data analytical problems.

The aims of this module are to:
• enable students to gain understanding of fundamental concepts in data analysis and visualisation,
• develop students expertise in data analysis with descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, and linear regression model,
• enable students to acquire knowledge of graph and text data analysing, and
• develop students with practical skills in applying data analysis and visualisation techniques for real world data analytical problems.

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Data Mining and Machine Learning

(core, 20 credits)

This module provides an appreciation of data mining and machine learning fundamental concepts, algorithms, and process. It covers machine learning algorithms and data mining techniques for data analysis, pattern mining, clustering, classification and regression. It equips the students with practical skills in applying data mining and machine learning techniques in real-world analytics problems.

The aims of this module are to:
• provide students with an understanding of data mining and machine learning fundamental concepts, algorithms, and process.
• understand the purpose and breadth of areas of application of data mining and machine learning
• understand and compare the techniques and tools available for various type of data analytics problems
• develop students with practical skills in applying data mining techniques to solve real-world analytics problems.

Data Warehousing and Big Data

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Thursday morning

(core, 20 credits)

The module aims to strengthen your skills in data technologies ranging from database and data warehousing to Big Data. First, it will provide you with good understanding of database concepts and database management systems in reference to modern enterprise-level database development. Once gaining good skills in database development, you will be able to study and gain an in-depth understanding of data warehousing which include concepts and analytical foundations as well as data warehousing development. Through intensive hands-on sessions, you will be able to get familiar with related technological trends and development in the field. The module will leverage a portfolio of SQL server tools such as, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and Azure Data Studio, to provide hands-on experience in implementing a reporting solution through a combination of assignments and lab exercises.


The module introduces also the foundation of Big data management based on Apache Hadoop platform and provides you with a broad introduction to Big Data technologies. This will involve hands-on sessions, designed for data analysts, business intelligence specialists, developers, administrators, or anyone who has a desire to learn how to process and manage massive and complex data to infer knowledge from data. Topics include Hadoop, HDFS, MapReduce using tools such as Hive, Pig and Zeppelin for hands-on experience.

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Financial Mathematics

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

(core, 20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to some of the key mathematical methods used in financial calculations and how they are applied to the valuation of projects in the presence of uncertainty. There will be a particular focus on Discounted Cash Flow and Real Options methods but also on recent developments in the field of project valuation.

Methods such as Monte-Carlo simulation for financial options valuation and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) with the aim of optimising a portfolio will also be explored using real financial data.

The module aims to:

1. Provide students with a set of up-to-date mathematical tools for project valuation with a particular focus on financial applications.

2. Provide a foundation in modern developments in optimisation theory and methods and introduce essential topics of unconstrained and constrained optimisation.

3. Explore the applications of Capital Asset Pricing models to problems involving decision making in modern portfolio management using real world financial data

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MSc Project

This module currently runs:
summer studies - Wednesday afternoon
autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

(core, 60 credits)

The module provides students with the experience of planning and bringing to fruition a major piece of individual work. Also, the module aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort through working on research or company/local government projects. The project is an exercise that may take a variety of forms depending on the nature of the project and the subject area. Particular students will be encouraged to carry out their projects for local companies or government departments.

Semester: Autumn/Spring/Summer

Prerequisites: all course specific core modules

Assessment: 100% coursework (project viva is compulsory for all students)

Prior knowledge: Understanding of research management, planning and LSEP issues

The module aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort. It also aims to allow students:

- To have an opportunity to assimilate the knowledge they gained in their course and extend this knowledge to new area of application.

- To acquire knowledge in research techniques and methods by attending Research Skills workshop

- To apply newly acquired knowledge and techniques to a specific problem using established research techniques and methods.

- To determine the framework of the project according to a set of specifications relevant to the subject of study.

- To manage an extended piece of work by confining the problem within the constraints of time and available resources.

- To research effectively the background material on the topic using a variety of sources and to develop ability to conduct critical analysis and draw conclusions. - To develop the ability to produce detailed specifications and design frameworks relevant to the problem of investigation in the subject related to the industry.

- To demonstrate the originality in the application of new knowledge and skills.

- To effectively communicate the work to others by means of verbal and appropriate documentation techniques.

- To raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in an area pertinent to the topic.

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Programming for Data Analytics

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Thursday afternoon

(core, 20 credits)

This module develops students’ foundation of programming principles through the introduction of application programming for data analytics. The module covers common programming data structures, flow controls, data input and output, and error handling. In particular, the module places emphasis on data manipulation and presentation for data analysis. A substantial practical element is integrated into the module to enable students to use a programming language (e.g. Python) to prepare data for analysis and develop data analytical applications.

The aims of this module are to:
• enable students to gain understanding of programming principles,
• develop students’ knowledge and skills in programming design and coding,
• develop students expertise in data manipulation and presentation for data analysis,
• develop students with practical skills in data analytical applications development, and
• enhance students skills for integrative reasoning, problem-solving and critical thinking.

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Statistical Modelling and Forecasting

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
summer studies - Tuesday morning
summer studies - Monday afternoon

(core, 20 credits)

This module will introduce students to modern statistical modelling techniques and how those techniques can be used for prediction and forecasting. Throughout the statistical environment and software R will be used in conjunction with relevant statistical libraries.
The module will, introduce modern regression techniques (including smoothing), discuss different model selection techniques (including the classical statistical hypothesis) and how those techniques can be used for prediction purpose.

Prior learning: Statistical knowledge desirable.

The module aims to:

1. Equip graduate students with modern statistical techniques
2. Provide students with some selected advanced statistics topics including forecasting
3. Prepare students to be able to read and understand professional articles
4. Prepare students to carry on their own research and use modern statistical techniques as one of the tools for their research.

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Course details

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 UK degree (or equivalent) in a computing or mathematics based discipline 

            or

  • a 2:1 UK degree (or equivalent) in a non-mathematics or computing discipline where an element of data analysis can be demonstrated

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

The course is assessed in a number of ways including written reports, practical and research assignments, demonstrations, presentations, group work and examinations.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be well equipped to work in some of the fastest growing sectors of the data science and big data industries. A wide range of career opportunities will be open to you in the commercial, public and financial sectors, especially in areas requiring big data analysis such as consumer, healthcare, scientific, financial, security intelligence, business and social sciences.

Our data analytics graduates have gone on to secure exciting roles in diverse sectors including fintech, transportation, healthcare, research, environmental and education. The job roles range from data engineer, analytics manager, data solution developer, data analyst, Python developer.

The course also provides you with an excellent basis for further study if you want to pursue a higher-level research degree or embark on an industry-based research career.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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