The MSc Data Science provides training in data science methods, emphasizing statistical perspectives. You will receive a thorough grounding in theory, much of it at a high mathematical level, as well as learn technical and practical skills of data science, enabling you to apply advanced methods of data science and statistics to investigate real world questions.
Your core courses will provide you with comprehensive coverage of some fundamental aspects of data, computational techniques and statistical analysis. You will then choose courses from a range of optional modules ranging from Distributed Computing for Big Data and Statistical Computing, to Financial Statistics and Probabilistic Methods in Risk Management & Insurance. The programme will combine traditional lectures with computer lab sessions, in which you will work with data to complete hands-on exercises using programming tools.
The capstone project or dissertation will assess your ability to take on large-scale data-based problem solving, providing a realistic example of the challenges faced in big data settings by the kinds of organisations for which the MSc programme provides natural training.
Students on this programme have excellent career prospects. Former students have taken up positions in consulting firms, banks and in the public sector. Many go on to take higher degrees. Graduates of the MSc are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.
MSc Data Science
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