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The University of Sheffield

Data Science

This CILIP-accredited course produces highly employable graduates for a rapidly expanding global job market. It was developed in collaboration with external organisations across a range of sectors to make sure you gain knowledge and learn skills that employers are looking for.

You'll learn the theory and the skills you need to support data-driven decision-making in organisations. The course covers three core areas: data management, data analysis and business insight. You'll get hands-on experience with data management and analysis. Industry experts contribute to the course, sharing their experience and talking you through examples of data science in action.

Our graduates are not just technically proficient. They're also keenly aware of broader issues such as data presentation, privacy and ethics. That extra edge makes them even more attractive to employers.

Entry requirements

MSc: A 2.1 in any subject. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course modules

Core modules

Introduction to Data Science; Data Mining and Visualisation; Data Analysis; Database Design; Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation; Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Information Systems in Organisations; Business Intelligence; Information Governance and Ethics; Researching Social Media; Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries; Digital Advocacy; Data and Society.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects, in-class tests, presentations, posters, group work and a research-based dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2018 36 36 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 (Year 1) England 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 19,400 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 (Year 1) Scotland 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 (Year 1) Wales 1 1 Years

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