MSc Data Science

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

If you're considering a career in information and library management, a masters from Sheffield can give you the grounding you need. If you're an experienced professional, we can enhance your skills.

Sheffield is a world-leader in the field of information systems. Our research in areas such as health informatics, e-business, digital technology and social media influences the way businesses, governments and individuals interact.

Our masters courses develop well-rounded professionals. We can bring you up to speed with the latest technology and management techniques. But we're also deeply concerned with the social, ethical and moral implications of the data revolution.

About the course

This CILIP-accredited course produces highly employable graduates for a rapidly expanding global job market.

It was developed in collaboration with external organisations across a range of sectors to make sure you gain knowledge and learn skills that employers are looking for.

You'll learn the theory and the skills you need to support data-driven decision-making in organisations.

The course covers three core areas: data management, data analysis and business insight. You'll get hands-on experience with data management and analysis.

Industry experts contribute to the course, sharing their experience and talking you through examples of data science in action.

Our graduates are not just technically proficient. They're also keenly aware of broader issues such as data presentation, privacy and ethics.

That extra edge makes them even more attractive to employers.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Data Analysis
  • Information Retrieval
  • Data Mining and Visualisation
  • Database Design
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Optional modules

Choose three of the following:

  • Information Systems Modelling
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Business Intelligence
  • Research Data Management
  • Information Governance
  • Researching Social Media


  • Lectures, including guest lectures from professional practitioners
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Small-group work
  • Online discussion
  • Computer laboratory sessions


  • Essays
  • Report writing
  • Oral presentations
  • Group projects
  • Dissertation

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Postgraduate students at the Information School

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a 2:1 in any subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Learning environment

Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers, a 30-seat lecture room and our brand new iLab, designed for research into human–computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for staff and students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. You can connect your laptop to our wireless network.

For research, the Michael Lynch Research Computing Laboratory has networked PCs and UNIX-based workstations. We're right in the middle of the campus and close to the Information Commons, so you'll be able to access the University's many resources.

Your career

According to a report by e-Skills UK and SAS, there will be at least 28,000 job opportunities for big data staff in the UK by 2017.

How we teach

Our courses are research-led, which means you'll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field. Alongside the theory and technical skills, you'll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

Your subject

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems. The world needs graduates who are information literate.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2630/2660