Ranked among the top Computer Science (and Information Systems) departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017), Essex offers talented students exceptional resources and facilities with well-equipped, state-of-the-art labs. Study the increasingly complex domain of big data, and learn to provide innovative insights and solutions to real world data problems. Technology is growing and evolving at an incredible speed, and computing and data touch almost all aspects of modern life. This means that the rate of growth of data we generate, and the devices we use to process it, can only increase. This data can yield new insights and support better decisions – and you learn the new methods and smart, unusual questions needed to make sense of it. Demand for skilled graduates in the areas of big data and data science is growing rapidly in both public and private sector. Harvard Business Review have described the job of Data Scientist as “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. At Essex we recognise the interdisciplinary nature of skills needed for a successful career in data science, and you’ll graduate equipped with a wide-ranging but specific set of skills in this area. As well as computer science and programming, databases and maths skills, you cover ethical issues around the use and processing of data. You gain a foundation for developing further specialist skills in the big data, data analytics and data science arenas. This four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.