MSc Data Analytics

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering

Our project-based courses give you valuable hands-on experience. We teach you how to apply what you learn in business and industry, anywhere in the world.

Within 3 months of starting the course I secured a graduate placement as a Technology Analyst at Barclays for after my masters, which I would not have got if I had not studied this course!

Ashleigh Randall, MSc Data Analytics

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

The MSc in Data Analytics is designed for students with a numerate background (for example first degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and other physical sciences) as well as graduates already working in industry.

The programme focuses on managing vast amounts of information and transforming it into actionable knowledge. It teaches the key skills that are required to carry out practical analysis of the types of data sets that need to be interpreted in the modern world. The types of data sets encountered include large data sets as well as structured and unstructured data. The programme makes use of techniques developed within a range of disciplines, including computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics and statistics.

Data Analytics postgraduate: Ashleigh Randall

Core modules

  • Scalable Machine Learning
  • Text Processing
  • Machine Learning & Adaptive Intelligence (in Python)
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Industrial Team Project
  • Individual Data Analytics Dissertation
  • Professional Issues
  • Statistical Data Science in R

Examples of optional modules

  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Parallel Computing with Graphical Processing Units (GPUs)

Teaching and assessment

We use lectures, tutorials and group work. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a numerate discipline (mathematics, economics, accounting, engineering, physics, chemistry) and A-level mathematics.

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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Professor Noel Sharkey

This has become a passion for me. Robots are set to bring us many benefits such as robot surgery and domestic service as well as space exploration and access to extreme environments to monitor the effects of climate change.

Professor Noel Sharkey

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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: dcs@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 1800

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