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Entry requirements

You'll need a UK honours degree in a STEM subject – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We might also consider applications with relevant lower-level qualifications, together with substantial professional experience in a related field.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

International students can find out more at mmu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry

September

Course content

Description

Data can provide insights to shape decision-making, power scientific innovation, improve business operations or inform government policy. But it takes state-of-the-art statistical and computational methods to unlock that power. Our MSc Data Science course lets you master those methods.

On this data science masters, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills to acquire, curate, manage and analyse data for solving real-world problems. You will gain essential, transferable computational and statistical thinking skills to create and deploy data-driven products and knowledge. And you’ll look at ways to solve challenges in a range of potential, data-rich, application domains, such as health, climate, transportation and sales.

You will have the flexibility to set the direction for your postgraduate studies with a masters project of your own design. While you’ll have the one-to-one support of your supervisor, it’s a solo project – as much about developing computing skills as it is about building confidence and autonomy, vital skills for the workplace.

We’ll help you put the technical skills into a real-world, professional context – helping you communicate your findings in the workplace, and address any of the legal or ethical questions that come with data processing.

Whether you plan to continue your studies onto PhD level or you’re looking ahead to a career as a data scientist, data architect, database developer or big data analyst, this masters degree in data science can pave the way.


Core units

  • Principles of Data Science
  • Data Management and Governance
  • Computational Mathematics and Statistics
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Machine Learning Concepts
  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • High-Performance Computing and Big Data
  • Deep Learning
  • Masters Project

Career prospects

According to a report called Dynamics of Data Science Skills published in 2019 by the Royal Society demand for workers with specialist data skills like data scientists and data engineers has more than tripled over five years (+231%).

With the expertise you’ll develop with us, you’ll be well placed to apply for roles such as Data Scientist, Data Architect, Database Developer, Data Governor, Big Data Analyst and Decision Sciences Analyst.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the Department of Computing and Mathematics and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Optional Industry Placement

This course is available with an optional year 2 placement, which you’ll commence in your second year after you’ve completed your academic credits. The placement provides an opportunity to develop a professional career development plan. You’ll be able to apply the skills you’ve learned throughout your postgraduate studies in a practical workplace, and tailor your knowledge to suit a specific industry or skillset.

A placement fee of £1,850 applies.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please check the latest postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment75

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969