Do we realize that technology today allows each of us to simulate our own vehicles with our own hands, and that this can be learned online?

Do we know that we could learn to manage our own company and eventually bring it to the Fortune 500 list?

It sounds unrealistic, but this is what used to be available only to the elite, and now it has become available to anyone with an Internet connection. The question is, how can we use this data to our benefit?

Modern view on business analytics and data processing

It is a fact that all depends on data - from large transnational corporations to small business. All vast minds use analytical data to formulate the best strategies for the future of their companies. Now imagine that you are at the centre of all this insanity and data diversity. Imagine the person CEOs of companies are addressing before making any important business decision. This is the kind of person you can become, a data processing specialist or a “data scientist” if you study data science and its analysis. This is not just a trendy profession, it is a toehold trend demonstrating how programming, business and its needs are changing.  

It is impossible to ignore this sector, which, like the blood in our arteries, nourishes the body of the 21st century, carried away by the process of digitalization. The chance of success becomes more and more real with the availability of education, including in technologically advanced countries.

Here are the top five offers in this area from the leading universities in the UK:

1. Queen Mary University of London - Business Analytics, M.Sc.

This year-long, exciting new program is perfect for anyone looking to run a business in today's digital economy. Students will learn how to use the ideas of business analysis to justify a strategy, how to solve leadership and organizational problems and how to manage large-scale projects and establish connections in various market sectors in collaboration with researchers, partners and IT start-ups in London and Europe. 

2. Birkbeck, University of London - Cloud and Data Technologies, Postgraduate Certificate  

The course is designed for two years of study and covers an introduction to the latest technologies and scientific developments in the areas of increasing importance in the IT industry. Possible jobs after training: information systems manager, systems analyst/developer or IT consultant. Graduates continue their careers in the field of software development and information management. Do not forget about the wide field for academic activity.

3.  University of Oxford – Social data science, M.Sc.

This flexible course, which lasts ten months, is designed for young professionals who are already familiar with the basic requirements of a future profession and have acquired basic skills, but who want to dig further into its subtleties.  With the help of a wide range of additional disciplines, the course concerns a variety of issues from the fields of social sciences, industry, political science, psychology, ethics, and even design. Students receive a good grounding in continuing their studies at the PhD level and later take prestigious places at research institutes. 

4.  London School of Economics and Political Science - Applied Social Data Science, M.Sc.

This one-year program is designed for students who do not have a formal computer or statistical education and who want to work in the private, non-profit and public sectors. It is design to help master various programming languages and applications, in particular, R and Python, to create and manage large databases. The final own design project is designed to creatively reveal the acquired technical skills.

5.  King's College London - Big Data in Culture and Society

This one-year course is designed for a wide range of students in the humanities from sociology to political science, from English to business and beyond. The program primarily attracts those interested in new trends and provides critical knowledge in some basic disciplines, including online machine learning, bioinformatics, etc. 

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For training in any of these programs, you will need to present the equivalent of a diploma or certificate to confirm your knowledge of the basics of computer science, economics, mathematics, physics and other subjects related to mathematics and computer engineering. International students also need an Overall Band Score in English: IELTS 6.0-6.5 or TOEFL iBT not less than 100

With increased competition in global markets, leading organizations are turning to data analytics to identify new market opportunities for their services and products. Currently, 77% of leading organizations consider data analytics to be a critical component of business performance.

In turn, they make a huge contribution to the expansion of the employment market. Confirmation of this can be found by looking through the employment materials on “Indeed” and “Dice”. Demand for professionals with this particular skill set is growing, and supply remains low. Besides this, data analysis professionals are paid an average of 50% more than their colleagues in other IT fields. This trend is evident all over the world, as more and more companies realize how important these specialists are for the organization.

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