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MRes Data Science

Course Description

The MRes Data Science is a multidisciplinary course that allows students to specialise in one of three areas relevant to today's digital economy.

Industry is currently facing a large shortfall of people who have the skills to process data in a developed way. The pathways on offer within this advanced course will enable you to engage with technology in a way that meets the ever-evolving demands and requirements of the data revolution.

Key benefits

Depending on your chosen subject area, you will graduate with one of the following qualifications:

• MRes Computer Science
• MRes Data Science
• MRes Statistics

Course detail

The course is suitable for students who have enjoyed the research components of their undergraduate degree and wish to prepare for a research-based career. It also offers excellent preparation for Doctoral study. Likewise, it is appropriate for people who are already working and who wish to either develop their research skills or undertake a research project to enhance their continued professional development.

This Masters degree will equip you with the skills necessary to undertake sustained, independent and innovative research. You will gain the confidence to work in creative and flexible ways, and develop the ability to plan, produce and present rigorous, independent and theoretically informed studies. It also fosters the development of essential professional skills to enhance your employability, such as self-management, team work, problem solving and communication.

The taught components of the course provide a balance between training in interdisciplinary research methods and subject specific research under the supervision of UWE Bristol's active research specialists. Alongside these, you will put your skills into practice by conducting a supervised independent extended research project.


Within the taught modules, there will be a seminar programme delivered by academics and practitioners from inside and outside UWE Bristol. You will be expected to present on your own research, using skills learnt in the taught modules and gaining valuable communication experience in the process.

For the final extended research project, you can choose to engage with ongoing research from one of UWE Bristol's specialist research groups or to embark on a new project relating to or inspired by your particular interests. In either case, this may relate to your current or future employment.

The course consists of two taught modules. You will then undertake a supervised extended research project in one of the available subject areas.


• Research Design and Methodologies (30 credits)
• Research Literature Portfolio (30 credits)
• Extended Research Project (120 credits)


We will use a variety of assessment tools throughout the course. These include coursework, a portfolio, written exams and an extended research project.

Careers / Further study

The course will prepare you to step into a wide range of research-focused roles across all types of industry. It is designed with the flexibility to allow you to target both skills and subject matter towards a particular career trajectory or to your current employment.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MRes Data Science page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.1 or above (or the equivalent if it is a non-UK degree) in a relevant subject.With your application you should submit a 300-500 word draft project proposal to include a project title, aim or research question, possible methods and six relevant references.You may be invited to informal interview, where your proposal will be discussed and appropriate optional modules selected. International students who are not able to attend an informal interview may be interviewed electronically or by telephone.

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