Taught course

Scientific Computing with Data Science

University of Bristol · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Natural/Physical Sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Geology, Geographical Sciences, Environmental Sciences). Degrees in Life Sciences (e.g. Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Biophysics, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Zoology, Plant sciences, Neuroscience, Psychology, Virology, Microbiology, Immunology, Medicine) will need to demonstrate competency in Maths with at least one undergraduate Maths module at 2.1 or above. Engineering or Mathematics and Statistics degrees will also be considered if applicants have a minimum of 5 science modules at 2.1 or above. Computing experience is not essential.

Unfortunately we cannot consider applicants with Computer Science degrees for this programme.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant, relevant work experience with minimum of 6 months working at solving scientific problems or as a technician.
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a recent graduate in a Physical or Life Science who would like to learn more about computing and how it is applied to advance scientific research? This programme will help you achieve your goals. Schools in the Faculty of Science are all ranked in the top 5 for research in the UK (THE analysis of REF 2021) and Bristol is ranked in the top ten in the UK for Natural Sciences (QS 2023). Develop your skills in coding, machine learning and high-performance computing and learn how to apply these to cutting-edge computational problems drawn from across the sciences.

Scientific computing is an interdisciplinary field that uses computer science, data science and digital technology to solve problems across a wide range of subject areas, including maths, engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, geography and earth sciences. Whatever your scientific background, this programme will train you in coding and data science, building on your core scientific knowledge and giving you a robust appreciation of what can be achieved by combining these skills.

You will master modern programming languages, data science and machine learning algorithms, and apply them to problems in your chosen science. You will understand the main software engineering concepts and principles involved in scientific computing and data science and use them to model complex scientific systems, giving you an edge in a competitive and fast-changing labour market. Through project work, industrial networking and visits, you will have opportunities to build contacts, opening up additional job opportunities once qualified.

Most of your core teaching will be delivered by academics linked to Bristol Scientific Computing (BriSC), who are based in the Faculty of Science. BriSC brings together experts from across the University whose teaching and research focus on applying the latest computational techniques to key scientific problems, such as changes in the earth's atmosphere, the reactions of molecules or how galaxies are formed. The learning of programming languages and computational techniques is most effective when it is practice-based. Therefore, the computing units in this programme are mainly delivered through interactive workshops and student-led activities, supported by seminars and tutorials.

The MSc in Scientific Computing with Data Science builds on the University of Bristol's unique strengths and facilities as a world-class centre for supercomputing, data science and data-intensive research.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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