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Big Data @ King's


Our courses provide students with the chance to delve into the ever-growing field of big data and learn about its many applications in modern life, from humanities to computing. Steered by our world-renowned teaching staff, themselves developing the field as they teach, students will come away with an advanced knowledge of big data as well as career opportunities through the many institutions King's has partnerships with. Our two main courses, the Data Science MSc and Big Data in Culture and Society MA, are outlined below.

Data Science MSc

This programme provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory, technical and practical skills in the increasingly critical field of Data Science. It includes optional modules in various application domains, drawing on the unique strengths of King's in health, law, the arts and humanities, and the social sciences. The programme will conclude with an individual project, focused either on analysing data from a particular domain, or exploring computational or statistical methods.

Key benefits:

  • Unrivalled location in the heart of London giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the BCS Chartered Institute for IT, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

  • Equips graduates with an in-depth understanding of the general principles of the computational and statistical methodologies and methods used in data science, and their underlying assumptions and limitations

  • Provides students with the skill set required to plan, undertake, manage, and critically assess a data science project 

  • Access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling students to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields

Big Data in Culture and Society MA

Our Big Data in Culture & Society MA recognises the growing importance of big data in contemporary society and addresses the theory and practice of big data from an arts and humanities perspective. 

What is big data? Beyond the unprecedentedly large datasets that can be analysed to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, big data is increasingly impacting our everyday lives. The programme considers how the data we generate is transforming social, cultural, political and economic processes as well as the generation of knowledge.

This course is likely to appeal to a broad range of students across the Arts and Humanities, from Sociology to Political Science, English, Business and beyond. It will attract forward-thinking students interested in emerging trends who recognise that data scientists and analysts require collaborators with domain specialisation and critical insights.

Key benefits:

  • Taught by scholars working at the leading edge of digital studies and big data

  • Offers a lively mix of theory and practical work

  • Equips students with skills that are highly attractive to employers in our digital age

  • Provides a series of workshops with data scientists and analysts to learn collaborative practices and applications in social media and cultural analytics, mobile platforms, and data visualisation

  • Is at the forefront of digital developments - big data is transforming society, politics, the economy and culture and impacting work

  • Offers innovative interdisciplinary methods of study crossing technological and cultural perspectives

  • Links big data to culture, law & ethics, geography, public health, and social life

  • Located in a highly ranked department - the Digital Humanities department was ranked first in the UK for research power (2014 Research Excellence Framework)


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