Taught course

Data Science

University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent with Computing as a major subject. The normal requirement is for computing subjects to make up at least 50% of all subjects studied in final two years of the degree.

This programme is not available to recent graduates who have been awarded an undergraduate degree in either Computing Science or Software Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Data Science is a specialist version of the MSc (Computing Science) which will provide you with a thorough grounding in the analysis and use of large data sets together with experience of conducting a substantial development or research project focused on Data Science techniques, preparing you for responsible positions in the Big Data and IT industries.


The School of Computing Science is ranked in the UK top 10 (Guardian University Guide 2023).

The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.

The School works closely with The Data Lab, an internationally leading research and innovation centre in data science whose core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from data. The Data Lab funds several research projects within the School, and holds numerous data science seminar, networking and coding events throughout the year. In addition, this year the Data Lab is offering 9 funded MSc(Data Science) places to home and EU students.

You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with 3 subtests at 6.5 or 6.5 overall with no subtest below 6.0 and Writing at 6.5
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

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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