The course

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MACS postgraduate scholarships

Some scholarships of £2,500 will be awarded to outstanding applicants to any of our Computer Science MSc programmes. Find out more.


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 optional courses provide an opportunity to explore closely related areas based on the cutting edge, internationally leading research work of our academics.

The skills acquired will be applicable to industrial applications as well as to scientific data exploration. The MSc project in some cases can be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Further details are available here.

Programme duration

This full-time programme course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.

Professional recognition

The MSc is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses.

Core Courses:

  • Big Data Management
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Data Visualisation and Analytics
  • Research Methods and Project Planning
  • Masters project and dissertation

Optional Courses:

  • Digital and Knowledge Economy
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Biologically Inspired Computation
  • Computer Network Security
  • Distributed and Parallel Technologies
  • Information Systems Methodologies
  • Software Engineering Foundations
  • Conversational Agents and Spoken Language Processing

After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project.

Further details are available here


In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.