Applied Data Science MSc

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in making an impactful and effective contribution to business through data science? If so, this new MSc Applied Data Science will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in data analytics techniques and evaluate their relevance and validity.

You will learn key data science skills using freely available software. Core subjects will cover fundamental theories, ethical considerations and industry-standard techniques, while optional modules will allow you to focus on specific applications.

The range of options include business, computational, and environmental themes. As part of the environmental options, you will gain experience with GIS software and spatial analysis, while in the business-themed options the focus is on business decisions and company culture – can you help it move toward data-driven decision-making? The computational theme has an emphasis on data engineering and machine learning.

The part-time course is delivered online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments. The full-time course is delivered on campus at Inverness College UHI. Whether you prefer to study part-time or full-time, you can tailor your option choices to suit your specific areas of interest

This course may also be of interest to companies wishing to use it as continuing professional development for their employees.

Further information on the course, including more detail about the individual modules, can be found in the student handbooks, which are frequently updated. Please select the handbook relevant to your study choice for more information:

Special features

  • Flexible optional themes (business, computational and environmental)
  • Learn to apply a wide range of data analytics techniques and evaluate their relevance and validity
  • Make an immediate and effective contribution to an organisation through data science
  • Study current ethical issues in data science and their application to an organisation

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree or above in a numerate subject, or in any other subject with relevant work experience
  • Applicants with an ordinary degree or equivalent qualification plus relevant work experience, at a suitable level and for an appropriate length of time, will be considered on an individual basis
  • Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account

*Funding support notice*A limited number of scholarships may be available for this course, with a minimum award of £6,000 per place. The deadline for submission of the application is before 5pm on 1 September 2021. See fees/funding tab for more information.

 

 

  

  

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Ethics and data science
  • Introduction to R and data visualisation
  • Statistics 1

PgDip

You will study the following core module:

  • Statistics 2

You will also choose one module from the first semester list:

  • Business option - Success and culture: the importance of organisational culture
  • Computational option - Data analytics on the web
  • Environmental option - Applications of GIS

And one module from the second semester list:

  • Business option - Information decision making
  • Computational option - Data modelling on the web
  • Environmental option - Advanced GIS and remote sharing

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Applied Data Science, you must successfully complete a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. Full-time students on this course will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus. As the course was designed to be undertaken fully online by part-time students, we can confirm that there will be no change to delivery for 2021-22. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
  • Full-time students will also receive face-to-face teaching
  • Part-time students will conduct all studies online, although teaching staff are also available on campus to help with any queries

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: (structured) 3 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time: (unstructured) up to 10 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - part-time students will be registered at Inverness College but all studies will be online

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), studying this course on-campus or online from their home, the following fees apply:

 

2020-21

2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

2021-22 On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) With scholarship Online study (from home country) With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,420 £1,070 £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,260 £3,210 £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,520 £6,420 £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,780 £9,630 £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying on-campus or online, the following fees apply:

  On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) Online study (from home country)
  2020-21 2021-22 2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £1,380 £1,420 £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,140 £4,260 £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,280 £8,520 £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,420 £12,780 £8,820 £8,820<

 

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

Scotland domiciled part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level, who meet the residency eligibility, can apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

We are delighted to announce that a number of funded spaces are available to students meeting the eligibility criteria. These fully funded places are offered through The Data Lab MSc programme and are funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council, as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes. 

To apply please complete the application form, ensuring that you meet the eligibility criteria as detailed on the form itself. If you have any questions about the Data Lab funded places or the application process please contact us via data.science.ic@uhi.ac.uk

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you will be well suited for any role with a strong emphasis on data analysis or data science. You might also like to take dual roles within a business, marrying your underlying subject knowledge with your data science skills.

Can I progress into further study?

You may progress on to any data focussed MRes or PhD project that also makes use of your underlying subject knowledge gained through experience or undergraduate qualifications.

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