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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 / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2019

How to apply

Apply here

Advice to applicants

Applicants should, in their application, demonstrate aptitude, knowledge and/or interest in three areas:

  • Data analytics and/or statistics
  • Computational subjects
  • Pathway specific requirements

These can be demonstrated by modules/courses taken at undergraduate level and high school level and/or professional experience.

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

  • 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 Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.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;
  • if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the 'Fast-Track' scheme, email for further information;
  • international applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines;
  • For a copy of the Postgraduate prospectus, email .

How your application is considered

All applicants must submit the following:

  • online application form;
  • CV;
  • supporting statement;
  • transcripts of degree; and
  • Two references (please ask your referees to scan/email their references to ).

Please note, applications will not be considered if one or more of the above documents are missing.

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grade average (both overall and for courses relating to the above requirements), position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied.