Taught course

Data Analytics (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · Faculty of Technology

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Entry requirements

To join this course, you must have:

  • A first- or a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree with relevant experience, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications
  • English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.0 with no component score below 5.5 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language

Applicants who don’t have a degree or formal qualifications, but who have appropriate professional experience, may also be considered.

Months of entry

February, May

Course content

Data plays a major role in modern organisations, especially in research and developing business strategies, so employees with the skills to translate complicated data sets into solutions are in demand. Develop valuable data analysis skills to find solutions for businesses everywhere on this Master’s course.

Why this MSc Data Analytics?

With an MSc in Data Analytics, you can take your interest in data into a role that specifically calls for your talents.

On this course, you'll be taught critical thinking and analysis skills by academics conducting research into artificial intelligence, machine learning and other areas relevant to data analytics.

You’ll sharpen your technical and technological abilities and master data mining tools, analysing real data gathered from our cosmology, cybersecurity and health informatics research.

Our MSc Data Analytics is a conversion course, so you won’t need any prior knowledge or experience in the fields of data analytics, computer science or programming to apply. We welcome students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

What you’ll study

On this course, you'll:

Analyse real data to provide answers for practical problems

Get remote access to our computer clusters and supercomputers

Learn about applied data analytics and engineering, advanced data management, big data applications and business intelligence

Discover and manage the business value provided by data sets

Become familiar with popular software and tools such as Knime, Tableau, Hadoop and Spark

How you're assessed

All assessments for this course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework such as:

Practical work, including task-based exercises

Written assignments


Master’s Engineering or Study Project

You'll also receive formal and informal tutor feedback to help you improve future work.

Career prospects and opportunities

Many organisations require data and someone skilled to make sense of it.

After studying this course, you’ll have practical experience with research and software and the specialist knowledge to excel within various industries.

You could go on to a career in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

Roles open to you could include:

Data scientist/analyst

Chief data officer

Information strategist

Database programmer

Business intelligence analyst

Forecasting business analyst

Health data scientist

Discover the key terms that data analytics professionals need to know with our glossary:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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