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MSc Data Science and Analytics

Course Description

We are surrounded by data. The variety and amount we collect and store grows every day, from the simplest of retail transactions to the complex and intimate medical records of millions.

There is increasing demand for individuals who can manage and control the way data is used. These individuals require an understanding of computer science and maths as well as a range of sector specific skills.

The emerging era of ‘big data’ brought about by the digital technology revolution shows no signs of abating. In this era, demand for data scientists will continue to grow, with a report from e-skills UK predicting the generation of approximately 28,000 data science jobs opportunities each year by 2017.

There are a broad range of job opportunities which require data science skills, including Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Data Manager, Data Analyst, Data Architect and Data Modelling and Data Mining Engineer.

The course

This Data Science and Analytics MSc is a highly flexible course, with a wide range of option modules taught by research-active academics. The course combines expertise from our School of Mathematics, School of Computing, School of Business, School of Geography, and the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics. This collaboration allows you to benefit from a range of data science perspectives and applications, supporting you to tailor your learning to your career ambitions.

You’ll be supported to develop a range of skills, including analysing structured and unstructured data, analysing large datasets, and critically evaluating results in context.

Course structure

The first two semesters of your course will consist of taught modules, and in the third semester you will devote your time to a dissertation in data science.

Within each semester there is one compulsory module and a wide range of optional modules spanning the areas of mathematics, computing, business, health care and geography. The aim is to support you in developing your understanding of computer science and mathematics, with specific pathways in business management, health care and geographic information systems (GIS), allowing you to tailor the programme to your ambitions.

Visit the MSc Data Science and Analytics page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles

Dean's Excellence Scholarship - 10 Awards

These awards are competitive, based on high achievement.

Value of Scholarship(s)



There are up to 10 partial-fee scholarships available worth £3,000 each. These awards are open to international candidates who have been accepted for admission onto a full-time MSc programme in the School, and who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the full international rate.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards at the time of application, so are not required to complete an application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a substantial numerate component.

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