Data Science MSc
Why choose this course
Collecting, managing and analysing data is becoming essential across many sectors – from finance to politics, and advertising to healthcare. This course will give you the advanced computation and mathematics skills you need to work in the growing field of data science.
Designed in collaboration with industry and drawing on our leading research, our MSc Data Science will prepare you to become a data scientist, data analyst, data engineer, data architect or a business analyst.
This course uniquely addresses both the fundamentals of data as well as the technical considerations needed to handle data with increasing scale and complexity.
What you will study
This course combines in-depth study of the theory and practice of data science with an optional year-long placement in industry, where you’ll get the chance to apply your knowledge to real world challenges. A placement will also allow you to discover the business value of data-oriented research and development.
You’ll develop solid technical knowledge of data science principles and practices, machine learning and data mining, practical business analytics, database systems, and cloud computing. You can also customise this course with optional modules in information security, sensors, and artificial intelligence.
Finally, you’ll complete a dissertation where you can further explore an area that interests you. This is particularly useful if you’re looking to progress to a PhD.
GILLAM L Dr (Computer Sci)
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Year 1 (full-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
4 modules of 15 credits each (60 credits total), semester 1: students must choose 1 module from 2 optional
4 modules of 15 credits each (60 credits total), semester 2: students must choose 2 modules from 5 optional
1 dissertation module of 60 credits, summer
Year 1 (full-time with placement - 2 years)
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time with placement - 2 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
4 modules of 15 credits each (60 credits total), year 1, semester 1: students must choose 1 module from 2 optional
4 modules of 15 credits each (60 credits total), year 1, semester 2: students must choose 2 modules from 5 optional
Year 2 (full-time with placement - 2 years)
|ALIGNING BUSINESS VALUE WITH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT||Core||Year-long|
|PROFESSIONAL POSTGRADUATE YEAR REPORT||Core||Year-long|
Optional modules for Year 2 (full-time with placement - 2 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
1 module of 30 credits reflecting placement learning, year 2
1 module of 30 credits reflecting business relevance, year 2
1 dissertation module of 60 credits, year 2 and summer
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Science, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, related disciplines with demonstrable exposure to programming and mathematics, or other alternative subjects related to data analysis, data science or informatics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other component.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
The placement option for this course costs an additional £1,850 on top of the base course fee listed above.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.