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.

Who can study our online MSc in Data Science?

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.

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.

Why study data science online with the University of Aberdeen?

What you’ll 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 you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning MSc Data Science is delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world, with no need for a study visa.

Each course that’s part of this degree is taught intensively over a period of three weeks.

Your teaching

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.

Industry input

We have strong links to industry and developed this degree in collaboration with industry partners, including Wolfram Research. This ensures you’ll cover the algorithms, tools and workflows needed by industry today.


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 this will take you

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.


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, 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.

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 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. The indicative fee above includes this 5% fee rise.

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 intensive 15-credit courses, in a set order, and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc.

Each 15-credit course is three weeks long and requires around 40 hours per week of study time to complete.

You can start your studies in September or January.


Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc. 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.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Master of Science

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2022.

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2022.

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