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MSc Data Science

Become an agile, skilled data scientist, and be prepared for the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary teamwork.

MSc Data Science / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months full-time
Entry requirements

Generally a high 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in any discipline or subject.

However the MSc in Data Science course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate degrees will provide the appropriate background.  

Please ensure you submit all supporting documents so that we can assess your suitability for the course. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For a copy of the Postgraduate prospectus, email

Apply on-line here

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:

1 November (decision by 8 December; accept offer by 15 January)

7 January (decision by 15 February, accept offer by 15 March)

1 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May)

1 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July)

If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks in which to accept (conditional and un-conditional offers).  Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.

All conditional offer holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer.

Due to competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your on-line application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date.  If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your on-line application. 

Please note: 

  • ALL places are subject to availability and if you apply for one of the later dates, some courses may already be closed. We recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us.
  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • You are excited by data, and what data science can do.
  • You want to open the door to a host of relevant and current employment opportunities.
  • You are keen to develop your team-working skills, and to actively study as part of a dynamic group.
  • You want the inspiration that an interdisciplinary course, drawing on five different disciplines, can provide.

Course Director: Professor Mark Elliot, email;

Explore the new MSc in Data Science

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,000

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
0161 275 1296
Academic department overview

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