I decided to study a Masters in Data Science and Analytics at UCC because Data Science and Analytics is a new and very rapidly growing field with a high demand for specialists.
The Masters combines aspects of Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Intelligence that matches all the requirements by the industry. My experience at UCC could not be more positive as I really enjoyed the one year program that provided me a great combination of knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in the industry. During the Masters, I learned numerous techniques in Statistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining, and also got a high experience/skills in Python, R, SAS, SQL and so on. UCC is one of the best Universities in Ireland and is the only one that provides a Masters program in Data Analytics. Furthermore, the lecturers are extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and motivated and also very supportive. Cork itself is also a lovely and fun city which is full of life, with very welcoming and easy-going people who make you feel like home.
Another important fact is that there is a shortage of professionals in this field in Ireland and the work opportunities are huge. The content of the program, the lecturers and the uniqueness of this Masters in Ireland together with the great job prospects that this course in Data Science and Analytics gives has made this year the best learning experience I ever had and I fully recommend this Masters to everyone. I now work in Data Analysis at a major bank in Dublin.
Raul Blay Gil, MSc Data Science & Analytics, 2015;
Permanent TSB, Dublin 2016