Taught course

Data Analytics for Government

University of Southampton · Social Statistics / Population Sciences and Demography

Entry requirements

It is normally expected that you will have the equivalent of at least a Second Class Honours Degree with some exposure to statistical methods and usually be employed in the area of Official Statistics. In some circumstances previous relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration.

Quantitative subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Population Sciences, Economics/ Econometrics, Statistics, and Mathematics.

Students who have a degree with no statistical content will be required to show that they have the necessary background knowledge up to the level of the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate in Statistics. In addition, an introductory revision module covering basic Mathematics and Statistics is run every September to help students prepare for post-graduate study, and students are strongly encouraged to attend this module.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to the conduct of professional statistical work in government. The primary target audience comprises those currently employed in the UK Government Statistical Service and similar analytical professions or equivalent organisations overseas.

Through full-time study, the programme aims to strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods, data science and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside government and the programme provides relevant training for professional positions in a wide range of organisations conducting large-scale statistical work.

The modular structure of the programme enables you to tailor your individual scheme of study to your other commitments.

All qualifications are awarded by the University of Southampton and are subject to the same academic standards as other certificates, diplomas and MSc degrees at the University. Teaching takes place primarily at the University of Southampton, and is delivered by experienced personnel from both universities and government.

The MSc comprises an instructional component and a dissertation based on supervised research. The instructional component requires the completion of 4 compulsory modules and 8 option modules. The Certificate requires the completion of 6 modules, 4 of which are specified compulsory modules. Each module is taught over a one week period. Some modules consist of four days of full-time study over Monday to Thursday, while others may use all five days of the week for formal teaching.

Formal teaching includes lectures, discussion sessions with the presenters, time for private study and, for certain modules, computer-based workshops. There will also be an opportunity for you to continue with private study on the Friday for the four-day modules, with access to computing and library facilities as required. The presenter will provide a feedback session on the Friday to discuss any issues arising from your private study.

For part-time students all 12 modules must be completed by no later than the end of semester two in the fourth year of registration. The Certificate requires completion of the 6 modules within two years.

You may find that there are periods of time when you are unable to study, for example if you are on secondment abroad or if you are on maternity leave. During such periods, it is possible to apply for your registration to be suspended. The four years maximum duration of registration for the completion of the 12 modules excludes any periods during which registration is suspended.

Subject to agreement, there may also be an option to undertake two further modules and a placement. Successful completion of these (including their assessments) in addition to the MSc can lead to the European Masters in Official Statistics (EMOS) award from Eurostat.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Social Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 7385