Taught course

Data Science and Analytics

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Computer Science

Entry requirements

Candidates should have, or expect to gain, at least a good second-class honours degree in Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or other subjects that include a strong element of mathematics or computing. Industrial experience may compensate for lesser degrees or lack of technical qualification, as will demonstrated programming skills and a strong ability to learn. Non-native English-speaking applicants should hold IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The MSc Data Science and Analytics degree, offered by the Department of Computer Science, will teach you both the foundational aspects and the practical skills that prepare you for handling and analysing different types of data in different fields, responding to the Big Data needs of every sector and function of the global economy.

The course covers Data Analysis

  • Programming for Data Analysis
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Database Systems
  • Large-scale Data Storage and Processing.

Students will develop skills in:

Applied Probability; Computer Learning; Data Analysis; Database Systems; Foundations of Finance; Inference; Methods of Computational Finance; Object-Oriented Programming; Investment and Portfolio Management; Large-scale Data Storage and Processing; On-line Machine Learning; Programming for Data Analysis; MATLAB and R, the main systems for numerical programming and data analysis used in industry and academia, and Relational Database Systems and SQL.

Information for international students

Royal Holloway welcomes international students. We are home to a vibrant, cosmopolitan community of 9,000 students from over 130 countries. Around a quarter of our student population comes from outside the UK, creating a stimulating mix of diverse backgrounds and cultures. For more information, visit the International Students website 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
24 months

Course contact details

Director of Graduate Studies
01784 443432