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;
After deciding to update my skills I choose UCC because of its reputation as a top university and I choose the MSc in interactive media to enhance my existing knowledge and learn more about different aspects and potential of digital media. So this conversion course suited my needs.
Facilities are top notch and lecturers are friendly and very approachable. Each module gives an introduction to a different area, teaching the practical and technical aspects within each medium. The aim of each module is to have you produce a piece of work at the end that may be required of you in the industry. It is fast-paced but there are demonstrators in class to help along the way. Looking back I can’t believe how much the course covered.
For my end of year project I developed an app for Cork University Maternity Hospital, something I did not think I was capable of before this course.
I would recommend this course for people of all ages who want to learn more about interactive media and take a new or different direction with their career.
Aideen Sinnott, Ignite Business Innovation Programme, UCC 2016
From various roles within the business function of an IT company I knew that I really enjoyed working with both technical teams as well as technical customers. I had strong general business acumen but wanted a more in depth understanding of technology and trends. Because I enjoyed the area so much I decided to do the Higher Diploma in Computing Technology to upgrade my skills at this stage of my career.
Attending the same lectures as Computer Science students at UCC was excellent. Not only was our learning on a par with the Computer Science class but we had the opportunity to be taught by exceptional lecturers. We got a really good grounding in Computer Science. Initially, I had intended to engage in further study to specialise even more before returning to employment. Guidance from a particularly inspirational professor led me to pursue my own business project that I am currently working on and am now with the Ignite Business Innovation Programme here in UCC.
Besides really enjoying the learning for the year, the Higher Diploma has given me more understanding, this helps me think creatively about technical solutions to business problems. This will no-doubt help me continue with an exciting and “cutting-edge” career, allow me to work more closely with technical teams and specialise when I need to.