MSc Data Science
University of Essex Online
GBP 12,167 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for UK students | £12,428 for international students
Use the power of data to make thoughtful decisions and take impactful actions with our innovative conversion degree. This 100% online and part-time degree will provide individuals that don’t have a background in computer science with the skills to work professionally in this highly sought-after industry.
This online MSc Data Science will enable you to unlock the tools needed to collect and analyse data, as well as the skills required to implement this valuable knowledge in real-world scenarios. You will be given the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics and take part in collaborative projects designed to demonstrate the reality of working within this fast-paced field.
Throughout the course, you will develop several programs and applications, with a focus on programming languages such as R, SQL and Python. You will gain a strong academic foundation which will enable you to unlock a range of careers available in this field.
We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.
For our MSc Data Science, there’s no need to download different software packages – all programming languages are included within the tuition fee and all work is carried out on an online development environment.
We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:
- assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end-of-year assessments
- showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the virtual learning environment (VLE)
- rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
- ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team
All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to travel to external test centres or to sit exams! Instead, you will submit assignments through the VLE, such as written reports, discussion forum participation or reflective journal entries.
We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
Why Essex Online?
Study online. Graduate on campus.
You will complete your studies and assessments 100% online, and your qualification will be awarded by the University of Essex, an award-winning university with a 50-year heritage of teaching and research excellence and one of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022). Upon completing your course, you will graduate with the same certificate as campus-based students – your mode of study is only mentioned on your academic transcript.
Quality assured experience
We won the Best Online Classroom Experience Award at the Global Student Satisfaction Awards (GSSA 2021). We stand behind the academic quality of our online courses and that’s why we offer a money back guarantee. If you decide your course isn’t for you within 21 days, we’ll give you a full refund.*
* Terms and Conditions apply. To find out more, please contact our Admissions team.
World-class academic and mentoring support
Our online tutors are leading authorities and specialists in their respective fields. They are passionate about what they teach and combine their knowledge of industry practice with high-quality academic delivery, offering you an unparalleled learning experience.
We also have a dedicated team of Student Advisers and Study Skills Advisers that will support you from your first day to graduation. They will be on hand to help and guide you as you progress through your studies. Whatever the question or issue, they will work with you to find a solution.
More data is being collected now than ever before, but there is a skills shortage in the field. Many organisations do not have employees who can extract insights from their collected data and convert that information into meaningful actions. This course will help you develop those skills and prepare you for roles such as Data Scientist, Big Data Analyst, Data Modeller, Business Intelligence Lead, Researcher, Qualitative Expert, Data Architect, and Data Product Manager, among others.
You can study the following modules in the MSc Data Science:
- The Data Professional*
- Numerical Analysis
- Deciphering Big Data
- Visualising Data
- Machine Learning
- Research Methods and Professional Practice*MSc Computing Project*
*Core module must be passed in order to achieve the award.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
- Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
- Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
- Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
- Regional scholarship available for international students based overseas in eligible countries.
- Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
- 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.
Please note, a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships.