Taught course

Data Science

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The range of pathways reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Business and management
  • Health science
  • Social sciences
  • Geography
  • Planning
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics.

We provide training in core data science skills, embedded in a disciplinary context provided by the pathway, and expect students to develop:

  • Computational skills
  • Data analytical skills.
  • Data stewardship skills and knowledge
  • Project design skills.

Information for international students

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
0161 275 1296