I chose to study this course as the topics covered were well suited to my background in maths and statistics. The course offered great links with industry and opportunities to undertake an industrial placement. For a recent undergrad, the opportunity to get experience in industry was invaluable. It was also really easy for me to commute from Edinburgh.
The Big Data course was very well designed: the first semester introduced the skills required and the second semester focused on how these skills can be used in application. The range of topics and technologies covered meant that students gained a basic knowledge in a variety of areas which can be further expanded in a future career.
For prospective students coming to Stirling my main advice would be to make the most of the help available. Staff are always willing to spend time on topics which are difficult or need further explanation. Get involved in seminars and networking events - these are a good opportunity to discover industry applications which are not covered in the course. In addition, they offer a chance to meet prospective employers and help to determine which career you are interested in after graduating.