Postgraduate

Data Science (with Statistics) MSc PGDip PGCert

Data Science (with Specialisation in Statistics) MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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

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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.


Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

If you’re studying for an MRes, MMus or MLitt programme, the number of hours may vary from this. For more information, please contact your supervisor or academic school.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Work placements

There may be some restrictions on work placement opportunities. 

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


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.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Careers

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2020-21 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Students from mainland China

Many high-performing students from China have applied for this postgraduate programme.

We aim to select a diverse international student cohort. We have now suspended applications from mainland China for this programme with effect from 23.59 GMT 20 January 2020.

Compulsory question

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.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you are an international applicant for 2021 entry, you must:

  • pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 by the deadline stated in your offer letter
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.