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University of Gloucestershire
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Data Science


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Full Time
Course length
2 Years
Park, Cheltenham

Course overview

Data science has the potential to change the way we’ll live in the future by solving or offering insights into many of the largest problems of today.

On this dynamic course, you’ll learn advanced coding skills to develop state-of-the-art machine learning approaches for AI products and services. You’ll then use these technologies to solve real-world problems relevant to your existing knowledge and expertise.

You’ll 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.

Working with data from indusries at the forefront of data science today, like biomedicine, finance and social media, 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.

OFS scholarship

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:

  • Female students
  • Black students
  • Disabled students
  • Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds*

*Indices of deprivation can be determined using this tool provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Students within deciles 1 – 4 meet this criterion.

All applicants will be emailed details of the scholarship and more information can be found on the Office for Students website.

Study style

You’ll learn through practical work and assignments to understand mathematical foundations of statistics, data mining and machine learning. Some more traditional teaching will take place too, but always with a practical focus and tasks designed for you to apply your learning. 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.

With guidance from industry experts, you’ll put your skills to the test using real-world data to analyse trends in social media, make financial predictions, and extract musical information from audio files.

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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


Fees and costs

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham £10,650 £17,100
Jan 2025 Park, Cheltenham £10,650 £17,100
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Jan 2026 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

Discover our promises


Embarking on the Data Science MSc at UoG isn’t just about studying; it’s about shaping a future that’s as dynamic as the data that powers it. In a world where data is the new gold, this programme carves out paths for pioneers, not just professionals, looking to join a new generation of globally in-demand data scientists.

Forget the traditional job titles and envision a career where you’re the master of metrics, the strategist weaving through waves of data to spotlight trends that answer tomorrow’s questions today.

Whether you’re deciphering the complexities of consumer behavior, innovating data systems that redefine industries, or crafting algorithms that unlock new dimensions of analysis, you’re not just stepping into a job – you’re stepping into the future.

Our course is your launchpad to become an architect of the unseen, turning data into decisions that drive the digital age. Here, careers are not defined by roles but by the revolutions they spark in the vast universe of data science.

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 get support from internationally-recognised academics who have a wealth of experience from their professional backgrounds working in the fields of machine learning and AI. You’ll join a creative and supportive postgraduate community of students and researchers who are passionate about the future of data science and AI.

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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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Push your possible with a master's degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

Discover the benefits of studying a master’s degree.

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Trips and experiences

Experience guest lectures and talks, regularly delivered by leading professionals in the field of data science. With our close connections to industry, you’ll examine how data science can be used in businesses to increase economic opportunity. This course has been developed as part of a consortium of universities. As part of that, many industry-led talks and events will be open to you.

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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