Part time July, October MSc 2 Years Part Time
Computer Science (8) Mathematics (25)

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Unleash the power of data with the University of Essex Online's MSc Data Science programme. This innovative conversion degree is designed for individuals without a computer science background, offering a 100% online and part-time learning experience. Through modules like Numerical Analysis, Machine Learning, and Visualising Data, you will develop essential skills in data collection, analysis, and implementation. The curriculum includes collaborative projects and a final MSc Computing Project to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios. Entry requirements include an undergraduate degree or relevant professional qualification, or three years of work experience. Stand out in the competitive industry with a qualification from the University of Essex, a top 30 UK university. Benefit from a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, world-class academic support, and a range of scholarships and funding options. Prepare for roles such as Data Scientist, Data Modeller, or Business Intelligence Lead with this comprehensive online MSc Data Science programme.

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Apply for our July intake! Don't miss out on the chance to secure a 20% scholarship for our July 2024 intake. Contact our Admissions team on our website for more information.

Use the power of data to make thoughtful decisions and take impactful actions with our innovative conversion degree. This 100% online and part-time degree will provide individuals that don’t have a background in computer science with the skills to work professionally in this highly sought-after industry.

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Entry Requirements

Academic entry route
You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
• an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route
You must meet the following criteria:
• at least three years’ relevant work experience

English language requirement
Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.


£11,836 UK and International (2022-23)
£12,167 UK / £12,428 International (2023-24)

Our MSc Data Science tuition fees include all teaching materials and required reading. There aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits!

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Essex Online


Student Profile

Michelle Franklin

The course is amazing. It isn’t easy.

I needed an online course as running the business does take up a lot of my time. I looked into the different options and their course was well explained and the information given by the team was very straight forward and easy to understand.

The course is amazing, it isn’t easy, and you need to be focused and make time to read the literature and complete your modules but it has ignited a passion for learning that I had forgotten I had. It is important that you learn how to manage your time and ensure you make the most of any study time you get.

The course is well structured, and the online forum is easy to use. There is a lot of ongoing support so if you are unsure of something you can always contact either your student support team or your tutor. You are never made to feel that any question is silly, being new to study and being older I was worried that I would look daft and ask silly questions but not once have any of the team made me feel that way.

There is so much support from the team at the University of Essex Online. They are on hand all the way through the process of applying for your course, the funding options available and they support you as you go along.

I was hesitant and put off doing this for years as I doubted my ability and didn’t feel confident enough but now I wish I had taken the leap years ago.


Contact our Admissions team to learn more about our full payment discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount


We’ll offer you a 5% discount if you pay your full course fee up-front. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus.

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International students residing in specific regions outside of the UK may be eligible for a partial scholarship for our undergraduate and postgraduate online courses.

Students residing in Africa can also enjoy a 20% scholarship on all eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses until the end of the 2023-24 academic year.

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Contact our Admissions team to learn more about our alumni discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount


If you're graduate of University of Essex or University of Essex Online, we’ll award you a 10% discount on your Masters tuition fees. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus.

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2024 marks 60 years of the University of Essex – and to celebrate this milestone, we’re offering a 10% scholarship on all our Masters programmes and online professional courses. Please note, the deadline for this scholarship is 31 July.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must enrol from 1 July 2024 on one of our Masters programmes and online professional courses. To find out more or to be considered for a scholarship, please contact our Admissions team.

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Value of Scholarship(s)



A 20% scholarship is available for our July and October 2024 intake for selected full Masters courses

To find out more or to be considered for a scholarship, please contact our Admissions team on our website.

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