Data Science (MSc)

The University of Gloucestershire is part of an Institute of Coding (IoC) consortium of UK higher education institutions to be awarded £3.7m in funding from the Office for Students (OfS) to develop a suite of postgraduate conversion courses in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. 

The move is in response to a shortage of skilled graduates and accelerating demand. The Government's Digital Strategy predicted that within 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills, therefore the number of graduates skilled in this area needs to increase significantly to keep pace with demand.

A critical objective of the consortium is to increase the number of learners from underrepresented groups in AI and data science, and to encourage graduates from diverse backgrounds to consider a future in this area. 

The University of Gloucestershire will be launching a postgraduate course in Data Science as part of this bid, and applicants to this course will also be able to apply for OfS funded scholarships, which will be particularly targeted at demographics currently under-represented within the area of data science.

What is a data scientist?

In the modern world the quantity of data collected every day is vast, and with the growth of the internet of things (IoT) this is only anticipated to continue increasing very rapidly. Data scientists are people who take these huge quantities of data that the modern world creates, and make it meaningful. Working as part of a team, a data scientist will explore, analyse and interpret this data using artificial intelligence algorithms, data visualisation and statistical modelling.

Who can be a data scientist?

With a planned start date of January 2021, our new Data Science (MSc) has been designed to be accessible to graduates with little to no formal background in computing, statistics or mathematics. All are welcome. We will teach you the technologies required from the ground up and look forward to helping you see how they can be combined with your own pre-existing areas of expertise.

What technologies will I learn?

We will be covering the mathematics behind machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence, in an applied manner where you learn by applying the mathematics in a programming context. Python will be the programming language of choice, and you will learn this incredibly popular and versatile programming language to a good standard. You will also learn about the algorithms themselves, data visualisation, data science ethics, and how to create engaging and informative reports.

More information

More information will be available soon – please register your interest by emailing wsayers@glos.ac.uk and we will be delighted to let you know when applications are open or get back to you with any requested information.