Taught course

Data and Decision Analytics

University of Southampton · School of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

This programme requires a 2:1 bachelor’s degree involving some quantitative training (e.g. computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytic skill set necessary for success in commercial companies or the public sector. This programme has a vocational focus and there are opportunities for summer projects in a wide range of industries.

The MSc Data and Decision Analytics programme will provide you with the ideal skill sets in mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, and computation to help make better decisions based on data. This course, with its vocational focus, is designed to provide training in a broad range of analytical skills in order for you to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities in commercial companies or the public sector. The highlight of the programme is the three-month summer project which can be in Operational Research, Statistics, Data Science or the interface between the three. This would be excellent preparation if you intend to embark on a PhD programme in one of these areas.

The programme objectives are to:

  • train you in the theory and methods of applied statistics to an advanced level;
  • introduce you to the main techniques, methods and approaches of operational research, emphasising both the underlying concepts and their practical application;
  • introduce you to the main techniques, methods and approaches in data science, emphasizing a variety of applications;
  • offer you the opportunity to study more specialised topics selected from a range of options, but within a coherent framework;
  • develop your operational research, statistical, and data science skills for problem solving, including (a) mathematical modelling of deterministic and stochastic systems, and designing solution approaches; (b) statistical modelling;
  • give you the opportunity of gaining practical experience of applying the problem-solving skills you have learned, by working on a project with an external organisation;
  • develop key transferable skills, including personal organisation, teamwork, finding and using information, and written and oral communication;
  • develop programming skills in R and in Python.
  • develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of an individually researched topic studied as the main project;
  • develop skill in organising their research work and in presenting their findings by the production of a substantial dissertation on their chosen project topic.

Fees and funding

UK students
International 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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