Data Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    20550 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Thisone yearMSc Data Science degree at University of Southampton prepares you to become a proficient data scientist, building core areas of expertise, from the ability to operate high-performance computing clusters and cloud-based infrastructures, to devising and applying sophisticated Big Data analytics techniques.

About

Introducing your degree

This MSc programme will train students to become proficient data scientists.You will gain advanced knowledge in areas such as data mining, machine learning, and data visualization, including state of the art techniques, programming toolkit, and industrial and societal application scenarios.

Overview

This Data Science programme at University of Southampton prepares you to become a proficient data scientist, developing your specialist knowledge in subjects that are crucial for mastering the vast and ever-so-complex information landscape that is characteristic to modern, digitally empowered organisations.

This is typically linked to a number of core areas of expertise, from the ability to operate high-performance computing clusters and cloud-based infrastructures, to the know-how that is required to devise and apply sophisticated Big Data analytics techniques, and the creativity involved in designing powerful visualizations.

In the first semester you start with a review of key topics in data science. The course will introduce the core theoretical and technology components required to design and use a data science application, using open-source tools and openly accessible data sets. You will also cover the most important machine learning techniques, which are at the core of any attempt to analyse and reason about data.

Career Opportunities

Data scientists help organisations handle large amounts of data being produced thanks to digital technologies. Harvard Business Review described the role as The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century' due to the rare combination of skills that a trained data scientist possesses.

Data science has seen an unparalleled expansion as the data-driven economy grows. Increasingly organisations require skilled professionals who can handle large datasets and managers who can utilise the resulting analysis to make impactful decisions.

Programme Structure

Compulsory

  • MSc Project
  • Machine Learning (MSc)
  • Data Visualisation
  • Foundations of Data Science
  • TT Technical Methods and Writing 2017-18
  • TT Data Science Pre-requisites
  • Project Preparation
Optional
  • Cloud Application Development
  • Advanced Databases
  • Computational Biology
  • Evolution of Complexity
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Advanced Intelligent Agents
  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Computational Finance
  • Open Data Innovation
  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Simulation Modelling for Computer Science
  • The Science of Online Social Networks
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Mining
  • Advanced Computational Methods II
  • Applied Statistical Modelling
  • Foundations of Web Science
For more information please visit the programme website.

                                        Detailed Programme Facts

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                                        English Language Requirements

                                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                        • Minimum required score:

                                          6.5

                                          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                        • Minimum required score (Grade C):

                                          180

                                          The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                                          Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                                        • Minimum required score:

                                          92

                                          The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                                        Academic Requirements

                                        You need the following GPA score:

                                        Required score: Upper Second Class

                                        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                        Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a related discipline such as electronic or electrical engineering, computer science or computer engineering, control engineering, physics or applied mathematics. You should have a good understanding of statistical and computational methods, including common Web technologies (for example, HTML, XML, Javascript), databases (SQL), and at least one programming language (for example, Python).

                                        Tuition Fee

                                        • International

                                          20550 GBP/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 20550 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
                                        • EU/EEA

                                          9000 GBP/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

                                        Funding

                                        Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

                                        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.