Data Science (with Specialisation in Statistics) (MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip

How long you will study
8 - 18 months

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How you will study
full-time, part-time

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About Data Science (with Specialisation in Statistics) at Newcastle University

MSc - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
PGDip - full time: 8 months,  part time: 24 months
PGCert - full time: 8 months, part time: up to 18 months

Our Data Science (with Specialisation in Statistics) MSc gives you the knowledge, experience, and expertise to solve real-world problems and realise data-driven insights for organisations.

About this course

Our MSc blends modern statistical methods together with the associated computational skills that are essential for handling large quantities of unstructured data. 

Data Science is revolutionising every area of science, engineering and commerce. It offers the potential for huge societal and economic benefits. The Data Science (with Specialisation in Statistics) MSc, was created to address an industry need for statistical analysis alongside data analytics in order to interpret and extract information and value from complex data.

What you'll learn

Through this course you'll receive a comprehensive grounding in theory and application of data science. You'll also develop the multi-disciplinary combination of skills in statistics and computer science. You'll also gain the ability to apply these skills to real problems in a given application area.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • data visualization
  • cloud computing
  • Bayesian statistics
  • machine learning

Your development

We have substantial expertise in data science, focusing on a wide range of application areas. This includes:

  • healthcare
  • transport
  • cybersecurity
  • smart cities
  • manufacturing

We are home to the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD). We are also a partner of the Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. All our academic staff involved in teaching data science modules have international reputations for their contributions to the field. Many of them have extensive experience as practitioners in industry as well as work in academia.

You will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School of Computing, including:

  • taking advantage of dedicated computing and study facilities
  • participating in seminars delivered by researchers and distinguished external speakers

Project work

You will undertake individual and group-based projects. You will work in collaboration with regional and national industry and charitable organisations.

Your five-month individual project gives you an opportunity to:

  • develop and deepen your knowledge and skills
  • work in a research or development team

You can develop your project:

  • at the University under an academic supervisor
  • by securing an industrial placement
  • working with your current employer

You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.


The School of Computing and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics deliver the course. The course starts in mid-September. You will be taught in modern facilities in the newly-opened Urban Sciences Building. The course has three phases.

In phase one you’ll be introduced to core knowledge and skills in statistics and computer science. These modules are taught as an intensive block. Pairs of modules will be taught concurrently over four weeks of lectures and lab classes. Teaching is timetabled to accommodate participants from industry, working alongside full-time employment.

Phase two will present further advanced technical modules. You will be introduced to the aspects that underlie all areas of data science practice including:

  • professionalism
  • legislation
  • ethics

This phase also includes a group project in collaboration with industry. You'll develop and evaluate a data science solution to a complex, real-world problem.

Phase three is an individual research and development project. You'll receive personal supervision in one of the School’s research labs in collaboration with industry or with your current employer.

You'll be assessed by a portfolio of practical work, accompanied by an oral interview. There will be no written examinations as part of the Data Science MSc.

If you’re a part time student, you have the flexibility to study over two years. The part time version of the course encourages participation of practitioners from industry. As a part time student you can:

  • align your assessed work with the priorities of your job role
  • carry out your individual project in your place of work (as long as the supervisory processes in place meet University standards)


You'll be taught on the Newcastle Helix campus which brings together:

  • academia
  • the public sector
  • communities
  • business and industry

You will benefit from modern teaching facilities within the £58m Urban Sciences Building, including a purpose-built Decision Theatre and 3D visualisation facility.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSc, PG Cert, PG DipHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study8 - 18 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

2:1 BSc honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • an engineering discipline

Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Compulsory question

As part of the application process, you are required to submit a 500-word answer to the following question, ‘Discuss the ethical and societal implications of an aspect of Data Science’. You can attach your answer as a file in the applicant portal.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language Requirements.        

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

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