MSc Data Science

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the UK’s leading centre for information, data and knowledge management research and teaching. Our forward-thinking courses are fully accredited by CILIP and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required by employers.

I chose to study at the Information School because of its academic reputation and because it allowed me to specialise in the topics of interest that will help me in my career. The facilities are excellent and the lecturers are very experienced and committed. There are also many different opportunities provided by the School and University to enhance your knowledge.

Itzelle Medina, Postgraduate student in the Information School


About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

Information School postgraduate student

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

Teaching

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

Assessment

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

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

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.

Information School postgraduate student

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Business Intelligence
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Researching Social Media
  • Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
  • Digital Advocacy
  • Data and Society

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

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What excites me are the commercial and academic challenges in providing effective search tools. I work with people at Google and Microsoft who do some really amazing and interesting things and I bring that into my teaching and research.

Professor Paul Clough

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

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Any questions?

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

E: ispgt@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2660/2630

 The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.