Research course

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science

University of Edinburgh · School of Informatics
MSc by research

Entry requirements

You should have a good first degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants coming directly from a Bachelors or Masters degree are welcome. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Data science is the study of the computational principles and systems for extracting knowledge from data, for maintaining data, and for ensuring its quality. Large data sets are now generated by almost every activity in science, society and commerce.
This EPSRC-sponsored programme tackles the question: how can we efficiently find patterns in these vast streams of data?
Many research areas in informatics are converging on the problem of data science. Those represented in the School include machine learning, databases, data management, optimization and cluster computing; and also the unstructured data issues generated in areas such as natural language processing and computer vision.
Our programme will allow you to specialise and perform advanced research in one of these areas, while gaining breadth and practical experience throughout data science.
A short sample of our research interests includes:
  • machine learning applied to problems in biology, astronomy, computer science, engineering, health care, and e-commerce
  • database theory and technology for managing unstructured data and for maintaining trust in data
  • big data and management of streaming data
  • management of unstructured data, including natural language processing, speech processing, and computer vision
Many more topics can be found by exploring the Centre’s web pages, particularly the personal web pages of the Centre supervisors:
You will be supervised by one of our 45 world-renowned faculty. You will also benefit from interacting with a group of 35 leading industrial partners, including Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.
This will ensure your research is informed by real world case studies and will provide a source of diverse internship opportunities. Moreover we believe that key research insights can be gained by working across the boundaries of conventional groupings.

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Informatics Graduate School
+44 (0)131 650 3091