The University of Pretoria has introduced its Master of Information Technology (Stream C: Big Data Science) multidisciplinary degree. This course is administered by the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology, but incorporates aspects of a number of other departments and faculties.
Its aim is to provide postgraduate opportunities for researchers and practitioners in the fields of big data and data science. Graduate professionals from industry can leverage this degree to re-skill themselves in the foundational building blocks of these fields (such as machine and statistical learning), while researchers can excel in related research initiatives.
Big data constitutes extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions. Data science refers to scientific investigation that employs innovative approaches and algorithms for processing and analysing big data. The university has experts in several disciplines closely related to big data and data science, who will participate as lecturers and researchers in the degree.
The degree entails a minimum of two years’ part-time study and must be completed in a maximum of three years. Students are required to attend lectures for approximately two days a month at the campus.
Contact Anna-Retha Bouwer, University of Pretoria, Tel 012 420-3023, firstname.lastname@example.org