MSc Data Science

The course

Delivery type
Weekdays (full-time) / Weekends (part-time)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January* (* part-time only)

Our MSc in data science teaches the theory and skills for managing and analysing very large and complex data sets, sometimes referred to as Big Data.



You will learn how to model, store and process these data sets using the latest algorithms and techniques and about modern methods and tools for visually exploring them.

The core courses of the programme provide the key skill set of a data scientist: applying machine learning, managing large data sets, and generating interesting visualisations.

The skills acquired will be applicable to business applications, industrial applications and also to scientific data exploration.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society.


Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.

Student profile

Sanjna Elizabeth Sanjay

The world-class teaching, free access to educational materials and a strong alumni network are just some of the reasons why MACS school is the go-to option when it comes to higher education in the UAE.

Sanjna Elizabeth Sanjay, MSc Data Science

Course content

Students undertake four courses in semester 1 and a further four courses in semester 2. On this programme, the following taught courses are mandatory:

Core courses

  • Big Data Management
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Statistical Modelling and Analysis
  • Data Visualisation and Analytics
  • Research Methods and Project Planning

Optional courses

  • Applied Development Operations 
  • Computer Network Security
  • Software Engineering Foundations
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Industrial Programming
  • Biologically Inspired Computation
  • Applied Text Analytics
  • Digital and Knowledge Economy

In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the MSc qualification undertake a Masters project, which culminates in a dissertation.


The job market in Dubai is fast evolving to accommodate the needs of the emerging knowledge economy towards which the UAE in general and Dubai in particular is moving. Within that context, the job prospects for graduates in MSc Data Science are excellent, both locally and also globally.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) with a substantial academic component of computing or IT that includes study of databases and programming will be considered. Applicants with an engineering or mathematics background may also be considered.

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

If you hold a degree from a different background and believe you may qualify for this programme or to find out more about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to 

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.

Fees and funding

  • AED 99349*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.