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Online MSc in Big Data Analytics

Unlock the power of big data to drive business strategy

The University of Liverpool Online MSc in Big Data Analytics is designed to provide you with the skills to capitalise on the potential of big data and analytics to transform business decision-making and planning.

In this BCS-accredited1 programme, you will study how to use big data using appropriate tools and techniques, while also examining the underlying technology and concepts. You will have the opportunity to gain the skills to develop and deploy strategies to utilise big data in a business environment, with an understanding of the challenges involved.

Cutting edge approach

Cutting-edge approach

Study 100% online from anywhere in the world and interact with like-minded IT professionals around the world through our innovative, cloud-based server platform, without giving up your job. You can showcase your skills and understanding of big data analytics by completing practical assignments and developing a Professional Portfolio of Evidence.

You will have the opportunity to share insights regularly with fellow students and online instructors as you collaborate on projects, exchange experiences and discuss best practice from across different IT/IS environments globally through discussion forums, seminars, case studies and assignments.

“Studying online with the University of Liverpool gave me the best of both worlds. I was able to work at my fantastic job, and also crown it with a masters degree.”

Chinedu Anaekwe (Nigeria)
Computer Science graduate (2015)

Big data analytics

Gain the skills to empower organisations through big data analytics

Enhance your skills in integrating and deploying data-driven solutions to build competitive advantage with this fully online master’s in Big Data Analytics. A thorough understanding of the latest big data technologies will help you stand out in one of the most sought-after fields of contemporary business.

You will also have the chance to:

  • Gain a unique blend of technical and practical skills in big data analytics to drive better organisational decision-making across multiple industries
  • Hone your ability to solve critical business problems using data-driven decision making
  • Design and deploy creative big data solutions to commercial problems
  • Acquire the expertise to deliver the best big data based solutions for your business 
  • Tackle the issues organisations face when considering and adopting big data analytics systems and strategies
  • Develop a Professional Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating your solution-oriented mindset and practical skills in big data analytics
BCS accreditation


This degree has been accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS. An accredited degree entitles you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Why choose this Online MSc in Big Data Analytics?

  1. Real life experience in the class – use our unique server platform to become confident in the practical application of the latest tools for big data analytics
  2. Specialist expertise – combine technical skills and their practical application to lead effective decision-making in business
  3. Hands-on skills – explore the latest cloud-computing advances, including computer visualisation, distributed and replicated storage, and software-based networking
  4. Career relevance – this programme enables you to advance your employability in a field that is expected to experience considerable skills shortages
  5. Career advice and mentoring opportunities – accessed through our specialist platform, connecting you with professionals all over the world
  6. Diverse educational experience – benefit from expert teaching delivered through a variety of media formats
  7. Practical skills training – learn how predictive analytics, data management and data-based decisions can be used to grow the customer base and strengthen business efficiency
  8. Global connections – develop new insights from interacting with international peers
  9. 100% online study – continue in your career and apply the knowledge gained from studying for your master’s degree immediately in your job 

“I chose the University of Liverpool because of the flexibility of its online degrees, and because I wanted a British education with a strong international reputation.”

Frederik Duchi (Belgium)
Computer Science graduate (2015)

Frederik Duchi

Your return on investment (ROI)

The University of Liverpool Online MSc in Big Data Analytics is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  1. Acquire a practical understanding of big data analytics and how it can empower organisations to become more effective, efficient and competitive
  2. Get hands-on experience of big data management frameworks and the ecosystems that can be used to support advanced data analytics
  3. Demonstrate your skills in big data analytics and data-driven decision making to current or future employers via an e-portfolio of IT artefacts
  4. Advance your  career potential by acquiring a comprehensive and demonstrable understanding of big data and analytics tools and techniques
  5. Equip yourself with the tools and methods used in data mining, including data pre-processing, to generate a systematic understanding of the end-to-end process
  6. Create data warehouses using data from multiple sources and use state-of-the-art data visualisation technology to ‘tell a story’
  7. Analyse and understand the practical challenges of integrating and deploying big data management systems 

A reputation for excellence

In the UK government’s most recent assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 97% of the research produced by the University of Liverpool’s Department of Computer Science was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent – among the highest ratings of computer science departments in the UK. The University of Liverpool is a world-class institution and a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led universities.

Professional Portfolio of Evidence

A cloud-based collection of your work that you can present to employers and peers to showcase your practical skills and solution-based thinking.

Cloud-based server platform

Our innovative online study environment mirrors a real-life computing work environment, allowing you to access large sets of data and different software platforms, conduct simulations, and perform practical tasks related to your programme.


Two-part series on the ethics of big data and autonomous machines:

Headset iconBig data and the search for MH370
In this first episode, Prof Simon Maskell who was involved in the search for MH370, studies the critical role big data played in its search and the role human judgement plays in the development of autonomous systems.

Next Start Dates

Enrol now to start your online studies on 22 November 2018.

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1 Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your programme.