2020 start

Data Science

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

More and more organisations want Data Scientists. This CILIP-accredited course prepares students for a career in analysing and interpreting large data sets in order to influence business decisions and strategy.
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Course description

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 communication, privacy and ethics. That extra edge makes them even more attractive to employers.

This course is accredited by CILIP


Core modules

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

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules including:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Information Governance and Ethics
  • Researching Social Media
  • Digital Advocacy
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Human Computer Information Interaction


You can expect a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory classes, group work, online discussion, case studies and lectures by visiting speakers.


You'll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects, in-class tests, presentations, posters, group work and a research-based dissertation.


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

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students


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

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