Taught course

Data Science (MSc/PgCert/PgDip)

Lancaster University · Computing

Entry requirements

An upper-second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a subject relevant to Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics.

Months of entry


Course content

From business and finance or health and medicine, to infrastructure or education, data science plays a vital role in all aspects of the modern world. Our MSc programme will ensure you have an advanced level of skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve your career aspirations.

Studying for an MSc in Data Science at Lancaster will provide you with the perfect environment to develop an expertise in the discipline. Your study will build upon the fundamentals, and our specialist pathways will allow you to practise and enhance technical skills, while gaining professional knowledge that will support and advance your career aspirations.

Over the year, you will explore five core Data Science modules. These will ensure you have a solid advanced grounding in the subject, to support your choice of specialism.

You can choose from two specialisms according to your background and interests:

  • Computing
  • Statistical Inference

In taking one of these routes, you will gain access to a range of exciting, advanced pathway-specific modules. These modules will allow you to either enhance your understanding of data science technologies; or to gain expertise in the application of data science to business intelligence, bioinformatics, population health, the environment, or the study of society. Our specialist modules will provide you with detailed, expert knowledge and will enhance your employability. This format means that you will be equipped to apply for any data science related career, while providing you with an advantage in many industries.

In addition to these taught modules, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a 12-week placement either within industry or as part of an academic research project. This will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world situations and challenges, allowing you to gain valuable professional experience and demonstrate a working grasp of the discipline.

The placement project represents a substantial, independent research project. Supervised by an academic, you will develop your ability to gather and analyse data, draw valuable conclusions, and present findings in a professional environment. This research will be an opportunity to bring together everything you have learnt over the year, exercise your ability to solve problems and manage a significant project. This will be great experience for you to draw upon in an interview and in your career.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1524 592032