Data Science, MSc

Data Science, MSc

Introduction

This programme is designed to enable graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds to take advantage of the growing demand for data scientists across almost every industry sector today including finance, health, government, retail and manufacturing.

This programme is also available to study online.

TotalEnergies E&P UK plc. is offering two scholarships for UK students in Masters programmes related to the energy transition. Deadline 3 May. Find out more.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship
Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 15 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September or January
Location of Study
Aberdeen

Recent advances in data science, such as big data, predictive analytics, and AI technologies including ChatGPT and Bard AI are revolutionising the way organisations automate their processes, predict future trends, and engage with customers. However, as the volume, diversity and complexity of data being gathered continue to increase, the key challenge facing organisations today is how to make sense of data, and more importantly, how to use data to inform business decisions.

To solve this problem, companies need data scientists who are not only highly skilled in a wide range of statistical and data analysis tools but who can go beyond statistics to gain real insights from data.

The MSc Data Science programme is specifically designed to address this challenge. We go beyond classical statistics and data analysis to teach you how to apply logical thinking, machine learning and computer algorithms to come up with solutions to problems faced across many academic disciplines and industry sectors.

The multidisciplinary and multisector focus of the MSc Data Science also means we welcome applications from a wide range of academic or professional backgrounds, including science, technology, engineering and medicine as well as the humanities, business and social sciences.

This programme has been designed in collaboration with industry partners, including Wolfram Research, to ensure that the algorithms, tools and workflows required by the industry are covered. You will gain proficiency in the use of Wolfram Mathematica and learn the programming fundamentals that underpin languages such as Python and R.

By the end of this programme, you will have developed the mathematical, computational and communication skills needed to produce meaningful insights that organisations can use to improve their performance.

Available Programmes of Study

MSc

Data Science

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September Aberdeen More
MSc 15 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen More

Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programme(s) above.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

  • TotalEnergies E&P UK plc. are offering two scholarships in Masters programmes related to the energy transition. Each scholarship will cover Home Fees/Rest of UK tuition fees and a £14,000 maintenance stipend. Find out more.
  • Shell U.K. Limited is offering three £20,000 scholarships for students starting a Masters programme aligned with the Centre for Energy Transition (CET) commencing in September 2024. Find out more

Scholarships

Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3000 to £8,500, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarship opportunity here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars

Why Study Data Science?

  • This programme equips you with the essential data analysis and computational thinking skills needed to extract knowledge and insights from data.
  • Aimed at students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) but also business, arts and the humanities.
  • Designed in collaboration with industry partners, including Wolfram Research, which means the algorithms, tools and workflows required by industry are extensively covered.
  • The overall objective of this programme is to create experts who can combine their mathematical modelling and programming skills with an ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to extract knowledge and insights from data.
  • There has been a huge increase in demand for data specialists across almost every industry, from energy and manufacturing to healthcare and cybercrime. This recent LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise report listed Data Engineer as one of the fastest-growing jobs in the UK. 
  • The University of Aberdeen has a strong history and worldwide reputation in computing science, in particular around Data Science, Natural Language Generation and Artificial Intelligence and is home to the research success of ARRIA NLG - the global leader in the field of natural language generation (NLG).
  • From agriculture and archaeology to medicine and geosciences, our researchers are utilising data and AI across many fields to further research and improve lives. Browse the project summaries in our Interdisciplinary Research Project Database to find out more about the critical role data and artificial intelligence have to play in advances spanning many disciplines.
  • The University of Aberdeen is a member of the Turing University Network, a network of UK universities engaged in cutting-edge teaching and research in data science and AI.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

2:2 (lower second class) Honours degree or equivalent in any subject will be considered.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships

Careers

The overall objective of this programme is to create experts who can combine their mathematical modelling and programming skills with an ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to extract knowledge and insights from data.

According to Prospects.ac.uk, entry-level salaries for Data Scientists range from £19,000 to £25,000. With a few years' experience you could expect to earn £30,000 to £50,000, while experienced, high-level, data scientists or contractors can earn upwards of £60,000, in some cases reaching more than £100,000.

Graduates of this programme will be well placed to pursue careers such as:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Mining Engineer
  • Data Scientist

This recent LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise report listed Data Engineer as one of the fastest-growing jobs in the UK.

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Professor Marco Thiel, The University of Aberdeen

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX