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MSc Data Science

Become an agile, skilled data scientist, and be prepared for the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary teamwork.

MSc Data Science / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months full-time
Entry requirements

Generally a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant discipline is required. However the MSc in Data Science course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Successful applicants will usually have at least an A-level or equivalent in mathematics and/or have received quantitative skills training as part of their undergraduate programme or professional experience. Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Due to the high volume of applications received this year, there is an application deadline for overseas (non UK/EU) applicants of  Monday 27 November 2017.  Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list should places come available.

We will continue to consider applications from UK/EU students beyond 27 November 2017 due to the nature of the typical application window within the UK/Europe.

How to apply

Apply online

Supporting documents required are:

  • Degree transcripts and certificates
  • CV
  • Two academic references
  • English language evidence (if from a non-native English speaking country)

The supporting documents can be uploaded during the on-line application process or emailed directly to

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) apply by 27 November 2017.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.

(Please note that due to the popularity of this course, admissions may be closed earlier than stated).

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • You are excited by data, and what data science can do.
  • You want to open the door to a host of relevant and current employment opportunities.
  • You are keen to develop your team-working skills, and to actively study as part of a dynamic group.
  • You want the inspiration that an interdisciplinary course, drawing on five different disciplines, can provide.

Course Director: Dr Mark Elliot, email;

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
0161 275 1296
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