Taught course

Data Analytics for Government (Online Distance Learning)

University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent, normally with a substantial mathematics component.

Months of entry


Course content

Analytics and data-driven decisioning is playing an increasingly important role in the economy, society and public administration. Designed together with the Office for National Statistics, our MSc in Online Data Analytics for Government is based on our successful online MSc programme in Data Analytics and will provide you with vital skills required to develop your modelling and data handling expertise. You will gain a firm grounding in the principles of learning from data sets, whilst at the same time getting hands-on experience handling, analysing and visualising data, helping your organisation to maximise the insights and value extracted from its data.

  • The Statistics Group at the University of Glasgow is internationally renowned for its research excellence. Students benefit from this by learning from academics whose expertise covers the analysis of data from a wide range of applications.
  • Designed for part time study, this programme allows you to gain an MSc degree from a leading university while you are still in full-time employment. Plus, from day one you can start to put your new knowledge to the test at work. You won't have to wait until you've graduated to make a real difference in the workplace.
  • The programme is taught through a combination of recorded lectures and live group teaching, which allows you to study in your own time but still benefit from interactive sessions. Individual sessions with the academic team can also be arranged to provide tailored feedback and support.
  • A faster study route, allowing you to complete the programme in two years, is also available.
  • You will have the freedom to work at your own pace with access to a wide range of learning tools, including rich interactive reading material and tutor-led videos.

View the taster lecture in Population Proportions.

Information session

An information session for prospective students will take place on Wednesday 27 July at 17.30. Book now via Eventbrite

The previous information session can be viewed on YouTube.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.
We may consider a minimum of three years' working experience within a majority-English speaking business, subject to review of your role and a satisfactory employment reference.

Fees and funding

UK students
MSc £15,000 (total cost), PgDip £10,000, PgCert £5,000
International students
MSc £15,000 (total cost), PgDip £10,000, PgCert £5,000

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

A faster study route, which lets you complete the MSc programme in two years, is also available.

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