Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: Data Science
Data science is the study of the computational principles, methods, and systems for extracting and structuring knowledge from data; and the application and use of those principles. Large data sets are now generated by almost every activity in science, society, and commerce - ranging from molecular biology to social media, from sustainable energy to health care.
As an MSc Data Science student you will explore how to efficiently find patterns in these vast streams of data. Many research areas have tackled parts of this problem. Machine learning focuses on finding patterns and making predictions from data; ideas from algorithms and databases are required to build systems that scale to big data streams; and separate research areas have grown around different types of unstructured data such as text, images, sensor data, video, and speech.
You follow two taught semesters of lectures, tutorials, project work and written assignments, after which you will learn research methods before individual supervision for your project and dissertation.
- Informatics Research Review
- Informatics Project Proposal
You are also required to take a breadth of courses in data science, with at least one in each of the following areas:
- Machine Learning, Statistics and Optimization
- Databases and Data Management
You can take up to two courses from other schools.
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The School of Informatics' MSc in Data Science is designed to attract students who want to establish a career as a data scientist in industry or the public sector, as well as students who want to explore the area prior to further training such as in our CDT in Data Science.
The learning objectives of the degree are to foster:
- A breadth of knowledge across the data science areas
- An advanced technical background in at least one of the data science areas
- An appreciation for real-world problems involving the use of data in industry, science, and the public sector
- Research experience in one of the data science areas.
You will develop specialist, advanced skills in data science methods and their applications. You will gain practical experience and a thorough theoretical understanding of the field, making you attractive to a wide range of employers or preparing you for further academic study.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology. or another quantitative discipline.
You should have experience of computer programming equivalent to an introductory programming course and have completed the equivalent to 60 credits of mathematics during your degree that have typically covered the following subjects/topics: Calculus (differentiation and integration), Linear Algebra (vectors and multi-dimensional matrices), Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical reasoning (eg. Induction and reasoning, Graph theoretic models, proofs), and Probability (concepts in discrete and continuous probabilities, Markov Chains etc. )
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
- PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
- CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
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Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit in advance of their study.
Any applicants who are required to pay will receive an offer with full details. If there is no information on your offer about the deposit you are not required to pay.
- Fees for MSc Data Science - 1 Year (Full-time)
- Fees for MSc Data Science - 2 Years (Part-time)
- Fees for MSc Data Science - 3 Years (Part-time)
Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:
This programme is not currently accepting applications.
Start date: September
Awards: MSc (12 mth FT, 24-36 mth PT)
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.
Due to high demand, this programme operates an application deadline. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the application deadline of 31st March 2019.