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Data Science and Analytics MSc
We’re surrounded by data. The variety and amount we collect and store grows every day, from the simplest of retail transactions to the complex and intimate medical records of millions.
There is an increasing demand for people who can manage, control and provide insight into the way data is used. These individuals require an understanding of computer science and mathematics, as well as a familiarity with the data needs and processes of a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, government and the environment.
Our Data Science and Analytics Masters degree offers you the opportunity to develop a range of relevant skills including:
- analysing structured and unstructured data
- analysing large datasets
- critically evaluating results in context
- getting insights from data
The course combines expertise from the Schools of Computing, Geography and Mathematics with that of Leeds University Business School.
This collaboration allows you to benefit from a range of data science perspectives and applications, allowing you to tailor the course to match your own career ambitions.
Why study at Leeds:
- Learn the latest innovations in areas such as probability and financial mathematics, modern applied statistics and analysis from our world-leading research conducted right here on campus that feeds directly into the course.
- Benefit from our School’s close links with organisations like Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
- Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas of data science, both theoretically and practically.
- Tailor the degree to suit your specific interests with a broad selection of optional modules to choose from such as machine learning, programming and GIS.
- Put theory into practice and conduct a project which focuses on a real-world problem, giving you the chance to apply the knowledge acquired throughout the course and demonstrate independent research skills necessary for a professional or academic career.
- Access excellent teaching facilities and computing equipment throughout the school, complemented by social areas and communal problem-solving spaces.
- Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics from the Schools of Computing, Mathematics, Geography and Business.
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The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the challenges of data science in the modern world.
Modules can be chosen from the School of Mathematics; the School of Computing; the School of Geography and Leeds University Business School.
Mathematics modules are available for students who are not from a mathematics/statistics background, while Computing modules will be suitable for students on this programme who are not from a computer science background.
The course will introduce you to different perspectives on data science, including the mathematical and computational underpinnings of the subject and its applications in specific contexts.
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate independent research skills necessary for a professional or academic career. It allows you to develop deep knowledge and understanding of practical issues whilst applying skills acquired throughout the programme. The list of topics is variable, but each project deals with a real-world problem and typically requires literature review, project planning, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Many recent projects have involved co-supervision with the Leeds Clinical Trials Unit, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) and the MET office.
It is possible to involve an industrial partner in your dissertation, subject to the approval of the programme manager. We would expect students interested in partnering with industry to have an existing connection with their partner of choice.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Data Science and Analytics MSc in the course catalogue
- Data Science 15 credits
- Learning Skills through Case Studies 15 credits
- Dissertation in Data Science and Analytics 60 credits
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
- Information Visualization 10 credits
- Knowledge Representation and Reasoning 15 credits
- Machine Learning 15 credits
- Deep Learning 15 credits
- Programming for Data Science 15 credits
- Data Mining and Text Analytics 15 credits
- Geographic Data Visualisation & Analysis 15 credits
- Geodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis 15 credits
- Big Data and Consumer Analytics 15 credits
- Predictive Analytics 15 credits
- Applied GIS and Retail Modelling 15 credits
- Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
- Forecasting and Advanced Business Analytics 15 credits
- Machine Learning in Practice 15 credits
- Mixed Models 10 credits
- Linear Regression and Robustness 15 credits
- Statistical Theory 15 credits
- Time Series 10 credits
- Generalised Linear Models 10 credits
- Mixed Models with Medical Applications 15 credits
- Linear Regression, Robustness and Smoothing 20 credits
- Statistical Theory and Methods 15 credits
- Statistical Learning 15 credits
- Multivariate Methods 15 credits
- Multivariate and Cluster Analysis 15 credits
- Time Series and Spectral Analysis 15 credits
- Generalised Linear and Additive Models 15 credits
- Statistical Computing 15 credits
- Transport Data Science 15 credits
Learning and teaching
Teaching is through lectures, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects.
Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Programme leader, Dr Luisa Cutillo's, current research interests are related to networks and networks applications. In particular, she is interested in studying and validating networks structures and in biomedical networks application. Additionally, Dr Cutillo was part of a team that organised a COST action event, Women in Networks (WiN) It brought together women from around the world working in networks modelling and applications and was hosted at the School of Mathematics.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment is by a range of methods, including formal examination, assignments, coursework, reports and practical activities.
Applying, fees and funding
This is an extremely popular MSc. To be considered you will need to provide evidence of:
- A bachelor degree with a first or high 2:1 (hons) in a subject containing a substantial mathematical, statistical and/or computing component.
- All your key modules should have strong grades (mainly firsts with no key marks below 2:1).
- You must provide a list of the type and level of maths/computing modules that you have studied if this is not obvious from your transcript.
We do not normally accept degrees in accountancy or finance for this MSc.
Please check your marks using international equivalent qualifications. We will ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.
Please read our Staged Admissions page for full details, including application deadlines and what to include with your application.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
- UK: £13,250 (total)
- International: £28,750 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Find out more about our £10,000 scholarships for under-represented groups in data science.
There is an increasing demand for individuals who can manage and control the way data is used. These individuals require an understanding of computer science and mathematics as well as a range of sector-specific skills.
The emerging era of ‘big data’ brought about by the digital technology revolution shows no signs of abating. With the modern world producing ever-growing amounts of new information, data scientists will become increasingly important to help governments, businesses, researchers, NGOs and many other organisations make sense of it all.
Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.
Here’s an insight into some of the job positions and organisations previous data science graduates have secured:
- Product SME, Shell UK
- Senior Software Engineer, London Stock Exchange Group(LSEG)
- Data Integration Lead, Stainless Games
At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.
- Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
- MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate, you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
- Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
- Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.
Find out more about career support.