By 2020, the entire digital universe is expected to reach 44 zettabytes. That’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes or 40 times more bytes than there are stars in the observable universe. Every day, 500 million tweets, 294 billion emails and 65 billion WhatsApp messages are sent around the world.
This is just the beginning of the Big Data Era; data science is revolutionising how we do business, communicate, access knowledge and understand the world. New ecosystems are being formed, traditional industries are being reordered and the race to secure data science talent is on.
McKinsey Analytics’ study Analytics Comes of Age, published in January 2018, found that nearly half of respondents believe analytics and Big Data have fundamentally changed business practices in their sales and marketing functions. Between 2018 and 2026, Big Data applications and analytics are projected to grow from US$5.3 billion to US$19.4 billion.
At Malmö University, you can become an expert in this emerging, multidisciplinary field, capitalising on the opportunities of this new digital age. The Computer Science: Applied Data Science Master’s programme will give you knowledge and skills in subjects such as computer science, mathematics and communication technologies.
To be eligible for this course, you’ll need a Bachelor or Master’s degree (at least 180 credits) in computer science or a related topic such as mathematics, informatics, telecommunications, electrical engineering, or physics; at least 15 credits in programming; at least 7.5 credits in mathematics; and the equivalent of English 6 at Swedish upper secondary level.
Provided by the Faculty of Technology and Society at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, this two-year programme will give you a thorough understanding of the fundamental aspects of data modelling, computational techniques and statistical analysis. Using the latest tools and systems in the industry, students will learn state-of-the-art methods and algorithms of data science through hands-on experience.
Data science can be an exciting and fulfilling field, but it’s also one that addresses societal needs. There are many societally pressing questions the world needs to address, from the climate crisis to Industry 4.0 to massive migration and changing demographics. With its potential to unlock solutions to these issues, it’s never been more important for technology or data science to have the right people with the right higher education and training to apply their technical know-how for the betterment of society.
The Master’s programme does this and more. Embedded in the curriculum are modules that train students to apply the skills they learn to real world problems. By the end of the programme, students will have produced a portfolio of projects demonstrating solutions to current business and societal challenges. Working with industry partners and academia, you’ll conduct original and innovative research as part of the capstone project course and thesis work. For more details about the learning outcomes for this Master’s, click here.
A versatile degree
A report by the UK’s Royal Society found that there has been a sharp rise – 231 percent – in UK job-listings for ‘Data Scientists and Advanced Analysts’ in the last five years. This is driven predominantly by increased numbers of vacancies for Data Scientists and Data Engineers. In the US, “Data Scientist” has been named the best job for 2019 by Glassdoor and LinkedIn, commanding a median base salary of US$108,000.
A 2017 report by the European Commission predicts that by 2020, the number of data workers in the continent will increase up to 10.43 million with more than 700,000 unfilled positions in its large member states like Germany and France. True experts in this field have been quickly snapped up by the tech giants of today like Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and so forth.
What all these findings translate to for data science graduates is the huge opportunity to be deployed from the digitisation of European industries.
No longer the preserve of STEM or finance, data science is increasingly in-demand in many modern business, scientific and public endeavours. The ability to extract valuable insights for data will only grow in importance as data analysis methodology and the volume of data collected rapidly increases in the digital age. The competencies developed at this Swedish urban, innovative university will be applicable across various sectors and application domains of data science such as computer science, technology, logistics, financial services, the internet of things, transport, business analytics, healthcare, gaming and digital marketing and advertising analytics.
Becoming a data science student here means studying in Sweden, the place where it all began for some of the most successful start-ups today such as Spotify, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga. An entrepreneurial spirit and innovative mindset define this advanced country. Studying at Malmö University places you in the middle of this startup hotspot, with the potential to gain access and future employment in this leading tech community.
An innovative and interdisciplinary Applied Data Science postgraduate degree, Malmö University’s MSc in Computer Science will make you a leader of the digital age.