I have just completed an MSc in Interactive Media in UCC. My undergraduate degree was in education so this was a step into unknown territory. No doubt it was daunting at first, but this is a conversion course and everyone was coming from diverse backgrounds, so we were all in the same position. During the course I had access to state-of-the-art facilities in the newly built Western Gateway Building which is located just off the main campus. The course is well designed, varied and interesting, providing an introduction into various technologies such as 3D Modelling, programming and web-design. The teaching staff were second to none and provided top class teaching, along with constant advice and guidance in a professional, yet friendly manner. The course has opened new doors for me and has provided me with the ideal platform upon which to enter the exciting world of computers and interactive media.
“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore
Coming from a Business Analyst background at a Major US bank where I was analysing the needs and processes of the user/organization from the business perspective, and gradually I realised the need of making decisions/plans based on data-driven approach and also recent technological development in the field of analytics and increase in the reliance on data for making efficient business processes/ products further ascertained my ambition to pursue a degree in data science.
After a year at UCC, I have much more things to add to the list of “Why UCC?” First and foremost reason would be the pool of learned and eminent researchers/professors who are expert in their respective field of study, UCC has a good number of international students which promotes the environment of collaborative learning from international perspective, and another reason would be UCC is constantly ranked as one of the best universities in Ireland. Being an international student finances were a concern for me and Cork is the best place to study peacefully, economically, in an excellent university and among the extremely friendly people of Cork.
One of the best features about the course is that it is suitable for both, students coming from analytical and non-analytical backgrounds and lays a perfect foundation of analytics focussing on both Statistics and Programming aspects and another attractive feature is that the course is constantly evolving every year to cater the needs of industry requirements so the students are rest assured they are in much demand after graduating from the course.
Within 2 weeks after completing the course I got a job at a US based Biotech Company named Gilead Science as Data Analyst where I extract, store and analyse huge amount of data to find key patterns and solve many existing process problems. I plan to continue to grow in the field of analytics due to its ability to solve business problems and increase my knowledge across various domains.
I would recommend this course to all national and international students who are passionate about creating and developing a career in analytics as the course is well constructed to impart basic and advanced level of data analytics knowledge as well as I would recommend UCC for its best teaching and research facilities as well as programs/services which enhance the employability factor of students.
I am currently working as Data Analyst for Gilead Science at their analytics team. I have been there for over five months now and I am bringing the knowledge I gained at UCC to my job. My managers find it valuable.
I would like to thank the Department and the University again for assisting in my endeavours immensely.
Abey Thomas Alex, MSc Data Science & Analytics 2014;
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.