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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Mathematics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time only

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Last Updated

    24 October 2018

Course content

About the MSc programme

The MSc Data Science provides training in data science methods, emphasising statistical perspectives. You will receive a thorough grounding in theory, as well as the technical and practical skills of data science. 

Your theoretical learning will be at a high mathematical level, while the technical and practical skills you will gain will enable 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 options ranging from Distributed Computing for Big Data and Statistical Computing, to Financial Statistics and Probabilistic Methods in Risk Management and 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.

This programme is offered by the Department of Statistics, which has an international reputation for development of statistical methodology that has grown from its long history of active contributions to research and teaching in statistics for the social sciences.

Graduate destinations

Data scientists are much in demand across industry, including a variety of Internet online service companies, marketers, banks, investment management, and other financial companies. 

Data scientist positions involve a wide range of responsibilities; such as conducting exploratory data analysis, applying statistical methodologies, deriving business insights from data, partnering with company executives, product and engineering teams to solve problems, identify trends and opportunities, inform, influence, support, and execute product decisions and launches.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MSc Data Science page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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