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How do we make sense of data and help organisations and researchers exploit its value?

From analysing the stock market to help us understand human behaviour, to modelling the human brain when performing specific tasks, the volume, diversity and complexity of data being gathered today is growing fast.

The challenge now facing organisations is how to analyse it and, more importantly, how to use it to inform decisions.

To solve this problem, organisations need data scientists who are not only highly skilled in a wide range of statistical and data analysis tools, but who can go far beyond classical statistics and machine learning to gain real insights from data.

Join our online MSc Data Science and you’ll learn to do just that.

Why this Data Science degree is different

Unlike many other data science programmes, this degree goes beyond statistics and big data, taking a Computational Thinking (CT) approach to data science. So you’ll learn to apply logical thinking, sequencing and algorithms to create solutions to problems across many disciplines and industries.

We welcome applications from anyone who wants to improve their data science skills and employability. You do not need to have a background in science, technology, engineering or medicine (STEM). This degree’s multidisciplinary nature makes it ideal for social science and business graduates too.

Industry input

Our online data science degree has been designed in collaboration with industry partners, including Wolfram Research, to ensure you cover the algorithms, tools and workflows required by industry.

By the end of this degree, you’ll be able to...

  • Utilise the algorithms, tools and workflows used at the forefront of data science today, including Wolfram Mathematica.
  • Apply the essential analysis and computational thinking skills needed to extract knowledge and insights from data.
  • Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to extract knowledge and insights from data.
  • Combine your mathematical modelling and programming skills in the context of data science.

What will I study?

You’ll study the following courses that make up the 180 credits of this Masters degree.

You can also choose to exit early, earning a:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

How will I study?

MSc Data Science is delivered part-time, 100% online.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library. 

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of academic experts from our School of Natural and Computing Sciences, who work in data science and mathematical modelling. We have strong links to the industry and have developed the degree in collaboration with our industrial partners.

Assessments

MSc Data Science is assessed entirely online. We use a range of assessment methods throughout your degree, including online tests, essays and projects.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where will this take me?

You’ll graduate with a Masters degree in Data Science that will be recognised by industry and academic institutions around the globe. You’ll attain exactly the same degree as you would studying on campus with us.

Careers

There are great graduate prospects in the field of Data Science. The demand for data scientists and data analysis experts far outstrips the supply of highly qualified graduates. This is amplified by the fact that there are now very few areas where data analysis skills are not needed.

You’ll be able to pursue a range of careers across sectors, including roles as a:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Mining Engineer
  • Data Scientist.

Average salaries

According to Prospects.ac.uk, entry-level annual salaries for Data Scientists range from £25,000 to £30,000, rising to £40,000 depending on your experience.

  • With a few years’ experience, you could expect to earn £40,000 to £60,000.
  • Lead and chief data scientists can earn upwards of £60,000, in some cases reaching more than £100,000.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next two academic years (2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fee above includes these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip and PgCert

  • A 2:2 (lower-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.

This is our minimum entry requirement. It is given as a guide and does not guarantee entry.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project. You can start your studies in September or January and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take breaks between courses, as long as you complete your degree within six years.

You can also study this degree full-time, completing it in 12 months. You need to dedicate around 40 hours per week to study full-time.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost

£13,290

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply for this programme

Start month
January or September
INDICATIVE COST
£13,290

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal