Degree requirements for Master's degree in big data analytics with awarded qualification Master of Engineering (60 ECTS)

Overall competences

The overall achieved competence after graduating with this Master’s degree is to be able to lead the development of big data analytics services. Big Data Analytics studies gives an in-depth understanding of how to make use of data in order to create insights. The student will acquire state-of-the-art analytics knowledge and advanced practical big data skills from solving real world data problems. Apart from this, an important general competence is to increase the student’s technology leadership ability, as well as, communicative and social competences in English.

Structure of studies

Please note that Arcada UAS has the right to change names of courses listed in each module below or replace courses within modules. 

Advanced studies (30 ECTS)

The advanced studies gives the student a core knowledge module (30 ects), focusing on the different areas in the big data analytics workflow.

All courses are taught entirely in English.


Core competences

The purpose of the core knowledge module is to support your competence development by broadening your understanding of certain key areas in the big data analytics workflow. The student is able to identify data questions, use analytics models for solving these, and visualize solutions that help in communicating complex data sets. The student is also able to analytically and critically examine, reflect and communicate on issues central for business analytics development. 

Introduction to Analytics 5
Machine Learning for Predictive Problems 5
Visual Analytics 5
Machine Learning for Descriptive Problems 5
Big Data Analytics 5
Analytical Service Development 5


Core competences

The student can choose a relevant topic for their master’s thesis, create a research problem and formulate a precise purpose for their research and/or development project. The student is also capable of writing a logical and well-structured research plan for the project. The master’s thesis is an individual piece of work in the form of an empirical research and development project. The student shows her capability of systematically performing a study with a possible practical problem as a starting point. This practical problem is then formulated as a research problem and is solved by a specific purpose with possible related research questions. The student is able to use relevant existing knowledge of the studied phenomena and can create a structural and logic theoretical framework for the study. The student can decide to conduct the master’s thesis with a commissioner, for example the employer.

The study module consists of the following studies

Research Seminar and Master’s Thesis 30