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

Solve real-world problems and realise data-driven insights for organisations.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
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This course blends modern statistical methods with the computational skills to handle large quantities of unstructured data.

Data Science is revolutionising every area of science, engineering and commerce. It has potential for huge societal and economic benefits. Statistical analysis, with data analytics, is in-demand. There is an industry need for analytical skills that can interpret and extract value from complex data.

During this course, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of data science theory, and how to use it in real-world scenarios. You'll also develop a combination of skills in statistics and computer science.

You’ll put your new skills into action immediately, and work with real data sets in your applied data science projects. All module assessments are based on these projects.

We focus on a wide range of application areas, including:

  • healthcare
  • transport
  • cybersecurity
  • smart cities
  • manufacturing

This data science course is part of the following suite:


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What you'll learn

The course has three phases.

Phase one

We’ll introduce you to the core knowledge and skills in statistics and computer science.

You’ll also receive introductory training in Python, alongside data science modules in:

  • data visualisation
  • machine learning
  • time series analysis
  • Bayesian inference

These modules are taught as an intensive block. This means that full-time students are taught two modules simultaneously. Teaching for part-time students is timetabled to accommodate everyone.

Phase two

Phase two consists of more advanced technical modules, as well as a group project.

We'll introduce the aspects that govern all areas of data science practice, including:

  • professionalism
  • legislation
  • ethics

During the group project, you'll develop and evaluate a data science solution to a complex, real-world problem. This is in collaboration with industry members.

Phase three

Phase three is an individual research and development project.

You'll receive personal supervision in one of our Schools research labs. This is in collaboration with industry, or with your current employer.


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.

How you'll learn

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Computing is based in the £58million Urban Sciences Building, a flagship development located on the £350m Newcastle Helix regeneration site in the heart of Newcastle. It brings together:

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Steffen Grünewälder
Degree Programme Director

Postgraduate Secretary
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6960
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics


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