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Data Science, MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Heriot-Watt University

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Heriot-Watt University

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MSc, Postgraduate DiplomaFull-time, Part-timefind outSeptemberGBP 5360GBP 18120

About Data Science, MSc, Postgraduate Diploma - at Heriot-Watt University

Our Data Science masters teaches the theory and skills for managing and analysing large, complex data sets - sometimes called Big Data. You'll learn how to model, store and process these data sets using the latest algorithms and techniques. Modern methods and tools for visually exploring the data will also be covered. The MSc course offers the key skill set of a data scientist. Optional courses provide an opportunity to explore closely-related areas based on the internationally leading research work of our academics.

The skills you learn through the Data Science masters will be applicable to industrial applications, as well as to scientific data exploration. In some cases, the MSc project can also be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation

Find out more here.

Course length

This full-time masters in Data Science course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.

Accreditation

The MSc is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Full-timePart-timePer courseScotland / Non-UK EU£5,360£2,680£670England / Northern Ireland / Wales£5,360£2,680£670Overseas£18,120£9,060£2,265

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Entry requirements

Admission requires a good honours degree with a substantial academic component of Computing or IT that includes study of databases and programming.

English language requirements

Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5, we also accept TOEFL (scores of 79 and higher).

We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master's programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

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