Taught course

Data Science and Analytics

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Computer Science

Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Physics or other subjects that include a strong element of both mathematics and computing. Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area will be considered.

Non-native English-speaking applicants should hold IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The importance of Big Data grows year on year, with sectors including healthcare, manufacture, retail, administration and more reliant on the insights that accurate data capture and analysis can provide. Study Data Science and Analytics at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll develop the practical skills needed to handle and analyse data in a wide variety of fields, preparing you for a rewarding career in Big Data.

You’ll study in a department with a strong reputation for research excellence. The Department of Computer Science was ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to this leading research culture with your own Individual Project.

This flexible programme gives you the chance to tailor your learning to your own strengths and interests, with a broad range of optional modules including Online Machine Learning, Methods of Bioinformatics and Microeconometrics providing scope and variety. You’ll be well-equipped to continue your studies at PhD level, which will place you in a strong position to pursue more advanced, research-based roles after graduation.

Follow your passion for Data Science and Analytics at Royal Holloway and you’ll graduate with a desirable Masters degree from a highly regarded department, as well as transferable skillset that’s both in short supply and in high demand by employers. Our location near the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – means students can benefit from networking and placement opportunities with some of the country’s top technology institutions.

• Study in a highly-regarded department, ranked 11th in the UK for research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

• Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.

• Graduate with a Masters degree leading to excellent graduate employability prospects.

• Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules.

• Choose from a one-year programme structure or add an optional year in industry.

All taught Masters are offered with an optional paid year in industry.

Information for international students

A scholarship of £2,000 will be automatically provided (and deducted from the fees payable) for international students holding the equivalent of a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree.

For more information for International students visit www.royalholloway.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Studying for a Masters takes one year (12 months), up to two years if you take an industrial placement. Please check our web site for the fees that apply to your year of entry. If you join a Year-in-Industry programme, you will pay the one-year fee plus a small fee in the second year. Please note that you will be asked to make a deposit to accept your offer and receive the documentation that will enable you to obtain a visa. Check www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/scholarships.aspx for scholarship schemes that may be available to you.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
up to 60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1784 443432