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Data Science MSc

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What is Data Science MSc?

Data science is a growing sector, with the potential to change the way we live in the future by solving or offering insights into many of the largest problems of today. On this dynamic course, you’ll learn the programming and maths skills to use these technologies to solve real-world problems relevant to your existing knowledge and expertise.

You’ll learn to create intelligent models which can predict future outcomes based on past data, generate artwork, or give you incredible insight into hard-to-find connections within your datasets. You’ll gain a deep understanding of data flows within organisations and systems, and how huge amounts of data can be engineered to produce knowledge.

The course is supported by the Office for Students. You can apply for a £10,000 scholarship to support your studies – intended to remove barriers for students from underrepresented demographics in data science (including black, female and disabled students).

More information can be found on the Office for Students website.

Study style

You’ll learn through practical work and assignments. Some more traditional teaching will take place too, but always with a practical focus and tasks intertwined. You’ll start out with the basics, before progressing towards the answers to questions you didn’t know you had.

As you learn you’ll be working with industry-standard software and hardware in our specialist labs – alongside students and subject specialists from both creative and technical computing backgrounds – giving you huge opportunities to build networks with the sector-leaders of the future.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in any discipline.

    • Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Jan 2022 Park, Cheltenham £9,225 £14,700
Jan 2023 Park, Cheltenham £9,425 £15,000
Jan 2024 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Deep Learning Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Leader
  • Machine Learning Specialist.

Industry links

The course is supported by the Office for Students. It’s possible to apply for a £10,000 scholarship to support your studies – intended to remove barriers for students from underrepresented demographics in data science (including black, female and disabled students). More information can be found on the More information can be found on the Office for Students website or you can contact us to chat to someone about your options.

Gain industry experience

Within the university we host our own events – including hackathons, games jams and industry-linked conferences – which will be free for you to attend.

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Learn from industry experts

You’ll be taught by experienced industry professionals who’ve worked and conducted research in their area of expertise. This course has been developed as part of a consortium of universities – and as part of that, many industry-led talks and events will be open to you.

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OfS funded scholarship

We are able to offer an OfS funded scholarship on this course, with a value of £10,000, via a competitive application process. This scholarship is designed to support under-represented groups in undertaking this course. Four scholarships are available per year. 

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Trips and experiences

Various trips to conferences and events take place during the university year and offer further networking opportunities – as well as providing a broader knowledge of the cutting edge of the data science field.  There might also be the opportunity to showcase your skills and demonstrate your achievements.

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