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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    36 Months part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please refer to the website glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/dataanalyticsonline/#/feesandfunding

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2018

Course content

Whether you are looking to start a career in data science or wanting to further develop your current career, our innovative online Masters programme in Data Analytics provides you with vital data science skills. This skills-based, yet rigorous curriculum provides you both with a thorough foundation in the underlying principles of learning from data and practical technical expertise in data handling, visualisation and modelling. The programme uses cutting-edge learning technology to deliver an interactive and collaborative online learning experience. Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online delivery and you will be encouraged and supported to interact with your fellow classmates and tutors in a variety of ways throughout the duration of the course.

Why this programme?

  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Mathematics and Statistics is ranked 3rd in Scotland and 16th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018).
  • The Statistics Group at Glasgow is the largest statistics group in Scotland and internationally renowned for its research excellence.
  • You will obtain an MSc degree from a world renowned university while being in full-time employment (around 10 hours of study per week).
  • You can personalise your learning by having the freedom to work at your own pace.
  • You can take advantage of rich interactive reading material, tutor-led videos and computer-led programming sessions.

Programme Stucture

This flexible part-time programme is completed over three years. In the first two years you will be taking two courses each trimester. In the third year you will be working on a project and dissertation.

The courses are designed to allow you to work at your own pace, with milestones and assessment to be completed according to an agreed timetable.

Core courses

  • Stochastic Models and Probability
  • Learning from Data
  • Predictive Models
  • R Programming
  • Data Programming in Python
  • Data Management and Analytics using SAS
  • Advanced Predictive Models
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning I: Supervised and Unsupervised Learning
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning II: Big and Unstructured Data
  • Uncertainty Assessment and Bayesian Computation
  • High-performance Computing for Data Analytics
  • Data Analytics in Business and Industry

You will also carry out a 60 credit research project.

In the first year of the programme you will need to take three paper-based examinations, held on the second Monday of May and the following Tuesday. UK-based students will have to take these examinations in Glasgow. Students from abroad can choose to either travel to Glasgow or take the examination in a local test centre, such as British Council offices. Test centres are subject to approval by the University and the candidate is responsible for any local fees charged by the test centre.

Career prospects

Data is becoming an ever increasing part of the modern world, yet the talent to extract information and value from complex data is scarce. There is a massive shortage of data-analytical skills in the workforce. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining was listed by LinkedIn as the hottest skill in 2014 and came second in 2015 and 2016. This programme opens up a multitude of career opportunities and/or boosts your career trajectory.

Graduates from the programmes in our School have an excellent track record of gaining employment in many sectors including medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, finance, business consulting and government statistical services, while others have continued on to a PhD. 


Visit the Data Analytics - MSc: online distance learning page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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